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Pacific Chorale premieres "The Radio Hour" May 18th

Location: California, USA
Choir type: Professional Choirs
Voicing: Mixed

Pacific Chorale presents the world premiere of the Jake Heggie-Gene Scheer choral opera The Radio Hour, performed by the John Alexander Singers and actress Eve Himmelheber, directed for the stage by James R. Taulli, and conducted by John Alexander. The Radio Hour, a Pacific Chorale co-commission with Conspirare, The Philadelphia Singers, and VocalEssence, is the story of Nora, a lonely, frustrated woman who finds new resolve and joy in life when her radio magically opens like a portal and, à la Through the Looking-Glass, transports her into the world of music. The concert program opens with selections by Zoltán Kodály, Adolphus Hailstork, Theron Kirk, Edward Elgar, and Moses Hogan celebrating the transformative power of music, performed by the full Pacific Chorale, and is highlighted by a musical tribute to the legacy of radio icon Fred Waring.


Pacific Chorale

John Alexander Singers

Eve Himmelheber, Nora

Members of Pacific Symphony; Carl St.Clair, Music Director

James R. Taulli, Stage Director

John Alexander, Artistic Director and Conductor



Zoltán Kodály: Este (Evening)

Adolphus Hailstork: Nocturne

Theron Kirk: A Song for St. Cecilia's Day

Edward Elgar: There Is Sweet Music, Op. 53, No. 1

Moses Hogan: I'm Gonna Sing 'Til the Spirit Moves in My Heart

A Tribute to Fred Waring (1900-1984):

Louis Prima: Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)

Jerome Kern: All the Things You Are

Cole Porter: Begin the Beguine

Vincent Youmans: Without a Song

World Premiere:

Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer: The Radio Hour

Tickets start at $19, and are available through Pacific Chorale at or (714) 662-2345 and through Segerstrom Center for the Arts at or (714) 556-2787.

A video interview about The Radio Hour with Jake Heggie and John Alexander may be viewed at


The Radio Hour was commissioned through the generous support of Martin and Margie Hubbard, and Pacific Chorale's co-commissioning partners: Conspirare, The Philadelphia Singers, and VocalEssence.

Original materials for A Tribute to Fred Waring provided by Fred Waring's America, Pennsylvania State University Special Collections Library.

This performance has been made possible, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts and The Segerstrom Foundation.

2013-2014 Season Sponsors: Phillip N. and Mary A. Lyons


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