Gold Coast Concert Chorus and Ventura College Chorus premiers words

The Gold Coast Concert Chorus (GCCC) combined with Ventura College Chorus, under the direction of Elizabeth Helms, will present their second concert of the 2018/2019 season on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at St. Columba’s Episcopal Church in Camarillo. The concert will feature three remarkable choral works by renowned American composers. Frostiana: Seven Country Songs, a seven-movement suite of songs composed by Randall Thompson to selected poems of Robert Frost will be followed by Requiem written by Mack Wilberg for the legendary Mormon Tabernacle Choir in 2007. However, the centerpiece of the concert is Words, a short composition focused on bullying at school and on-line culture authored by Joan Szymko, an acclaimed composer and dynamic choral conductor based in the Pacific Northwest. GCCC has jointly commissioned this piece as a part of choruses to benefit the programs and services of Chorus America.

Szymko explains the purpose and the structure of her composition, ”Words attempts to both reveal and to reach three distinct groups: the bullied, the bullies and bystanders who enable bullying by doing nothing.”

GCCC is a non- audition community chorus that brings together a diverse group of 100-plus singers who desire to expand their musical talents and share their love of the choral music with the community of Ventura County.

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