Join the Coastside Chorale Saturday, April 27, for an uplifting evening of music at its annual Spring Concert. The performance will take place from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Lutheran Church in Half Moon Bay.

The music ranges from classical to contemporary, and includes songs sung in French, Italian, Swahili and Latin. Director Carolyn Larsen says the night’s performance will offer something for everyone.

“We have a couple songs by Felix Mendelssohn, so we are throwing in some classical,” she said. “We also are doing two fun jazz arrangements. It will be diverse and full of energy and beauty.”

One enchanting French piece, “Dirait-on,” is especially appropriate for spring. The work is a choral arrangement of poet Rainer Maria Rilke’s “Les Chansons des Roses” or “The Songs of the Roses.” With velvety choral lines and a pensive mood, it is a deeply expressive musical statement for more accomplished choirs.

Concert attendees will not only listen to music, they will also get a chance to sing. 

“One of the songs is ‘I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing,’” said Larsen. “We will share some vocal exercises with the audience and have them sing along.”

The Coastside Chorale is a group of locals who all share a love of vocal music. They practice once a week and hold two annual performances.

“There is quite a variety of experience and skill level,” said Larsen, who has been directing the group for five years. “That’s what makes it fun — to be in this diverse group together and sing some lovely songs.”

Tickets are available at the door, 900 N. Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay. Audience members are encouraged to bring a nonperishable food donation for Coastside Hope.

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