Choral music has long been Eric Whitacre’s greatest passion, and the world would not be the same without it. In this video, Whitacre talks about why he believes choral music is so important and why he has chosen to dedicate his life to its advancement.
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Diversity is making headlines from Hollywood to Washington DC.
Through the decades, music has bridged the diversity gap, bringing understanding to all ages, color and gender by creating songs with universal appeal about love, heartache growing pains, rebellion, humor and wit. The Diablo Women’s Chorale will bring a diverse song list by different artists with its “Royal” program, held at 2 pm Saturday, May 14, 2016, at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 399 Wiget Lane, Walnut Creek. The regal program will feature songs by Aretha Franklin; Nat King Cole; the Disney...
A small study shows that an antioxidant in chocolate appears to improve some memory skills that people lose as they age. Reported in the New York Times, the study followed healthy people, ages 50 to 69, who drank a mixture high in antioxidants called cocoa flavanols for three months.
The cocoa-positive results? Those who drank cocoa flavanols performed better on a memory test than people who drank a low-flavanol mixture.... more
Singing is as ancient as our species. Evolutionary biologists believe that we sang to survive. Groups who bonded over song and who developed the capacity to communicate effectively through song had an advantage. Most religious traditions have a long tradition of singing as a means of connecting with the divine. Whatever your beliefs about our past as a species, there’s no escaping it: singing is our heritage.
In modern-day terms, those of us who sing regularly know how therapeutic it is. In an era when the pace of life seems to increase exponentially, it can be difficult to slow...more
From Time Magazine: "When you sing, musical vibrations move through you, altering your physical and emotional landscape. Group singing, for those who have done it, is the most exhilarating and transformative of all. It takes something incredibly intimate, a sound that begins inside you, shares it with a roomful of people and it comes back as something even more thrilling: harmony. So it’s not surprising that group singing is on the rise." Read more...
Our December 2013 concert was our most successful ever - we had to add seats to accommodate our largest audience in recent memory. All the more reason to buy your tickets for our Spring concert early!