Riverside’s Raincross Master Chorale offers virtual performance – Press-Enterprise

Members of Riverside’s Raincross Master Chorale present a virtual performance of “The Ground” by Ola Gjeilo. (Photo by Kris Lovekin, Raincross Master Chorale)

Riverside-based Raincross Master Chorale has created a musical gift, a virtual ensemble singing “The Ground” by Ola Gjeilo, a Norwegian composer who studied at Juilliard and is based in New York City.

“This is a milestone piece for us because some of the members sang it during a visit to Carnegie Hall to participate in a choral festival with the composer,” Mary Ellen Gruendyke, president of the Raincross board, said in a news release.

To see and hear the free performance, engineered by chorale members Bob Sirotnik and Morris Maduro, go to www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eb_Yh39CXyo.

The chorale’s spring 2020 concert was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, and rehearsals are on hiatus, so the virtual performance is the chorale’s offering to local fans of choral music and a promise to return, according to the news release.

Raincross Master Chorale, directed by William Brakemeyer, usually presents three concerts a year, in October, February and April.

“We hope to return to that schedule as soon as possible, as the vaccine protection rolls out in our area,” Gruendyke said in the news release.

The chorale, a group of more than 50 volunteer singers, is a regular recipient of a Riverside Arts & Culture Grant.

The group also raises money to fund scholarships for college students who live in the area and choose to major in vocal music. The award is $1,000 per year for up to four years.

For information about Raincross Master Chorale and its scholarship program, go to www.raincrossmasterchorale.org/.


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