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San Gabriel Valley Choral Company Presents "Tell It! A Choral Celebration of America's Folk Music Heritage" (Monrovia, CA and Pasadena, CA)

Location: California, USA
Voicing: Mixed
San Gabriel Valley Choral Company
Zanaida Robles, Artistic Director
Monrovia, CA
San Gabriel Valley Choral Company Presents:
“Tell It! A Choral Celebration of America’s Folk Music Heritage”
June 8 @ 6:15 p.m. – First Presbyterian Church, 101 E. Foothill Blvd., Monrovia
June 15 @ 5:00 p.m. – All Saints Church, 132 N. Euclid Ave., Pasadena

Complete with soloists and instrumentalists, this rousing concert features folk songs, spirituals, and American classics by Aaron Copland, Stephen Foster, and more.  (See detailed program, below.)  Tickets are now available at the cost of $9 to $15 for two performances:  June 8 at 6:15 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Monrovia and June 15 at 5:00 p.m. at All Saints Church in Pasadena.  More information can be found at or by calling 626-579-2433.
The June 8 performance in Monrovia will be an informal setting that includes a silent auction with refreshments at 6:15 p.m. and the concert at 7:00 p.m.  The evening will feature the inaugural presentation of the Alexander Ruggieri Memorial Scholarship composition prize, with a performance by the winner.  The June 15 concert in Pasadena (concert only) will feature the inaugural presentation of the Alexander Ruggieri Memorial Scholarship vocal performance prize, with a performance by the winner.
Star Spangled Banner
Zion's Walls - Aaron Copland
I bought Me A Cat - Aaron Copland
Simple Gifts - Aaron Copland
Every Time I feel the Spirit - William Dawson
I Can tell the World - Jester Hairston
True Light - Keith Hapmton
Cherokee Amazing Grace* - folk hymn (choir with Native American Flute)
Lift Every Voice - J. Rosamond Johnson


Shenandoah - arr. Paul Basler
He's Gone Away (women) - arr. Ron Nelson
Sentimental Journey - Les Brown (duet)
Housewife's Lament - folk song (solo)
Turkey in the Straw - folk tune (recorder)
Laura Lee - Stephen Foster, arr. Edwin Fissinger
O Susanna - Stephen Foster, arr. Edwin Fissinger
* Amazing Grace, sung in Cherokee, may be considered the Cherokee Nation’s unofficial national anthem.  It was sung frequently along the Trail of Tears and thus holds special meaning to the tribe.  SGVCC presents two verses in Cherokee and the final verse of the traditional English version.  This song comes from several additional traditions:  The tune is Scottish, the English words to all but the last verse were written by an Englishman, and the final verse comes from African American tradition, originally as a verse of a different folk tune, and first published as part of Amazing Grace in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.”
Founded in 1995 by Dr. Thomas M. Miyake of California State University, Los Angeles, the SGVCC is a non-profit choir based in Monrovia, CA.  The group’s repertoire has included music from the Renaissance period to recent works of the 21st century.  Along with more traditional selections, music performed has featured avant-garde, jazz, gospel, Broadway musical revues, and staged productions.  More information about the chorale and the concert season can be found at
The San Gabriel Valley Choral Company is pleased to welcome Zanaida Robles as Artistic Director this season.  Ms. Robles served for five years as director of classical choirs at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA).  Under her direction, the LACHSA classical choirs performed for numerous festivals, concerts, and special events at Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, and in venues throughout Southern California.  She remains on faculty at LACHSA as instructor of vocal fundamentals while pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral music at the University of Southern California (USC).  As a DMA Teaching Assistant at USC, she directs the USC Thornton University Chorus.
Ms. Robles also directs Discovery Camerata, an elite sextet of vocal music professionals performing choral standards, folk songs, arrangements, and new music.  She served for three years as director of the MusicUNTOLD Chorale, which seeks to illuminate significant works and composers that have been underutilized, unfairly criticized, and/or disregarded.  She has prepared choirs for performances with such artists as Josh Groban, Kristin Chenoweth, Audra McDonald and Wayne Brady.
Ms. Robles holds a Master of Music degree in choral conducting from California State University, Northridge (CSUN) where she was the graduate assistant conductor of the Northridge Singers and the Matador Master Chorale.  She also served as chorus master for the CSUN opera department and interim director of the CSUN Women's Chorus.  She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance from California State University, Long Beach, where she was the first recipient of the four-year Dean's Scholarship for Distinction in the Arts.
Ms. Robles has performed as a concert soprano soloist and ensemble member throughout the United States, and in parts of Europe, New Zealand, and Australia.  She sings professionally with Pacific Chorale and the John Alexander Singers, and has sung under the batons of such conductors as Esa-Pekka Salonen, Pierre Boulez, John Mauceri, Leonard Slatkin, and Gustavo Dudamel.  Ms. Robles has been the recipient of numerous awards and distinctions including the Young Musicians Foundation Gladys Turk Scholarship, a USC Choral Department scholarship, a USC Black Alumni Association scholarship, two L.A. Artist of the Future awards, the NFAA Young Arts Level One Award in classical voice, two Charles Dolo Coker Jazz Awards, the KCET Emerging Young Artist Grand Prize, and the NAACP ACT-SO National Gold Medal for Music Composition.
Ms. Robles resides happily with her husband and two young daughters in Monrovia, where she herself grew up. She feels honored to have the opportunity to contribute to the cultural and artistic landscape of her community through her work with the SGVCC.
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