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`Bach to broadway` highlights vocal festival

Posted: Thursday, January 06, 2000

A group of self-described music junkies will bring Bach to life on Sunday.

``Bach to Broadway'' is the highlight of the Juneau Lyric Opera's Mid-Winter Vocal Festival. The concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at Chapel by the Lake will feature a chorus of 75 singers.

Southern gospel songs, a sea shanty, sacred music and classical vocal works by Thompson, Schutz, Bach and Haydn will be included. ``All That Jazz'' from the musical ``Chicago'' provides the Broadway component.

The year 2000 marks the 10th year that JLO has brought voice teacher and choral director Byron McGilvray to Juneau for the Mid-Winter Vocal Festival. McGilvray, professor emeritus of choral music at San Francisco State University, is a vocal arranger and choral conductor who leads a week of singing, private lessons and group classes culminating in a public performance.

``It's always different,'' said Alan Davis, a computer systems technician and singer. ``There's always new music and it's a wonderful experience to take a week out of your life and do some really nice music.''

Davis is part of the festival chorus performing Sunday, and joins 74 other singers for three hours every night this week to prepare for the concert. He'll also be singing in the JLO production of ``Candide'' in April.

Susan Horst, already an accomplished vocalist and choral director, is also participating. Horst directs the University Singers at the University of Alaska Southeast. Horst is part of a small choir-within-the-chorus that will be featured on three songs at the concert. Soloists will sing as well. She said the group is a thrill to sing with.

``It nurtures you personally, and as a musician you always have room for growth. Basically, we're all music junkies,'' she said.

Concert tickets, available at Hearthside Books and at the door Sunday, are $10 for the general audience and $5 for students and seniors.



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