The Harmoneers Chorale delivers up a feast of song

Fall rehearsals to begin in August

Dennis Fletcher
Harmoneers Chorale at Hemet Public Library.

■ By Dennis Fletcher / Contributed

Last weekend visitors to the Hemet Public Library were treated to the beautiful music of The Harmoneers Chorale on Saturday from 2 to 3 p.m.
In a well rounded performance there were 30 singers, plus an 8-year-old female soloist, who took the audience through a repertoire of 13 pieces including Red River Valley, Lean on Me, The Star-Spangled Banner, No Need to Knock, Step In Time, Already Home, Beethoven’s Wig, I Have Loved The Stars Too Fondly, and ending with their resounding version of Battle Hymn of the Republic. Director Mary Ellen Van Ostenbridge says their next performance will be at the First Presbyterian Church, 515 E. Kimball Ave in Hemet on Dec. 2 at 3 p.m.
Rehearsals for the fall season begin on August 27 at 9:30 a.m. Auditions to be considered for the group will be held at 9 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Hemet on Kimball Ave. Anyone interested in auditioning for their 2018-2019 season should contact the Harmoneers at: harmoneerschorale@gmail.com.

The Harmoneers Chorale presents two major concerts a year: one in December and one in May, and also perform for groups in the San Jacinto Valley. In addition to their love of singing, they raise money for scholarships for high school students who desire to further their education in the field of music.

As I left the Hemet Public Library I could not miss the Jacaranda tree bursting with purple life next to the ground floor courtyard, symbolic of the music the Harmoneers had just served up to a very appreciative audience.

Photos by Dennis Fletcher
First Presbyterian Church on Kimball Ave.
Jacaranda tree outside courtyard at Hemet Public Library.

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