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If Music Be the Food of Love

Location: California, USA
Choir type: Community Choirs
Voicing: Mixed
Music to Sink Your Teeth Into
Valley Concert Chorale Presents “If Music Be the Food of Love”
LIVERMORE, CALIF. – Who ever heard of a love poem about mashed potatoes, sung in four-part harmony? With lyrics such as “Whipped lightly with a fork, not whisked, and a little pool of butter melting in the middle,” audience members will soon hear their stomachs growl as the Valley Concert Chorale dishes up a concert of culinary delights for its May 21, performance titled “If Music Be the Food of Love.”  Details are as follows:
  • Saturday, May 21, 8pm.
  • Trinity Lutheran Church, 1225 Hopyard Road, Pleasanton
With song titles including “Play with Your Food,” by Paul Carey, “Fragments From His Dish,” by Bob Chilcott, and “Marge, You Make the Best Pork Chops,” by Oakland composer Paul Crabtree, this performance is sure to get the salivary glands going.
“Our May concerts have traditionally been of lighter fare, and we continue it this time with a menu of tasty tunes,” says John Emory Bush, the Chorale’s Artistic Director and Conductor.  “Music and food is an incredible paring of nourishment for the body and soul.  All puns intended!”
Also featured in the performance is John Rutter’s “Banquet Fugue” which promises many mouth-watering and humorous lyrics, says long-time Chorale singer Sharon Wilson.  “Guzzle, guzzle, guzzle, guzzle, chomp! These are actual lyrics contained in Rutter’s fugue. Not only is the music a joy to listen to, the words will make you smile and ask for another serving.”
Because the performance is sure to make listeners hungry, a dessert reception will conclude the evening.
Tickets are $20 if purchased in advance, $25 at the door. High school and college students $10 with valid student ID. Children 14 and under are free.
Advance tickets may be ordered by calling (925) 866-4003, by visiting the Chorale’s website at, or at Towne Center Books in downtown Pleasanton.
More information about the Valley Concert Chorale is available at www.valleyconcertchorale.orgor by calling the general information line at (925) 866-4003.

About Valley Concert Chorale

The Valley Concert Chorale, now in its 47th season, is the Tri-Valley’s premier chorus.  Under the direction of John Emory Bush, the Chorale has offered a variety of musical performances to serve the diverse musical tastes of its audiences. 
Valley Concert Chorale’s mission is to engage audiences in the transforming power of music by sharing our passion and joy in live performance.  We are dedicated to excellence in singing choral music of all genres, nurturing the next generation of singers, and supporting musical endeavors in our Tri-Valley community.
The Chorale’s educational outreach program Music in the Schools presents original musical performances at Tri-Valley primary school assemblies to celebrate the joy of music and singing with area students.  For information, call Pam Grove at 925-462-4205.
The all-volunteer, non-profit chorale receives financial support from grants, ticket sales, membership dues, and donations.
About the Director
John Emory Bush has been the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Valley Concert Chorale since 1998.  He holds a Master’s degree from the Juilliard School of Music and is also trained as a pianist, organist and harpist. In addition, he is the Music Director and Conductor of the San Francisco Concert Chorale and former Director of Music for St. Matthew's Cathedral in Dallas, Texas.  Mr. Bush was recently appointed Principal Organist at First United Methodist Church, McKinney, Texas.  For the past twelve years, Mr. Bush has divided his time between the Bay Area and Dallas, contributing to both musical communities. 
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