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Fall Choral Festival to Harmonize on Friday

Westmont’s annual Fall Choral Festival, featuring about 125 students from five California high school choirs, returns for a live performance Friday, Oct. 29, at 6 p.m. in Hahn Hall at the Music Academy of the West. The concert is free and open to the public. Due to Covid-19 we are asking all guests RSVP here in advance here

Participating choirs receive coaching from one of our choral faculty and get to perform for one another in a collegial and supportive environment. “I always look forward to meeting the young musicians who visit us and being able to share with them our music and beautiful campus,” says Daniel Gee, director of the Westmont College Choir.

The college choir will perform two choral works in Spanish, “Arroz con Leche” by Argentine composer Carlos Guastavino, a traditional children's song turned into a contrapuntal fugue; and “Cloudburst” by American composer Eric Whitacre, who adapts the poetry of Octavio Paz to depict a powerful desert cloudburst.

The high schools include Fresno Christian, Redlands Adventist Academy, The Thacher School, Calvary Chapel Christian School of Downey and Rosemead High School.