The Santa Clarita Master Chorale, the Santa Clarita Valley’s premiere choral group, will perform ‘Zimbe! Come Sing The Songs of Africa’ under the direction of Allan Robert Petker on Sunday, June 5 at 4:00 p.m. at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons.
Performed for over 1,500 enthusiastic crowds, Alexander L’Estrange Zimbe! Come Sing The Songs of Africa is the composer’s most popular body of work and also established him as one of Britain’s most popular living choral composers. L’Estrange, an incorrigible former choirboy with a jazz musician’s heart, has written an ebullient cantata that is brilliant fusion of traditional African song and jazz.
For Zimbe! Come Sing The Songs of Africa, The Santa Clarita Master Chorale welcomes two outstanding guest musicians who bring an incredible level of talent to this performance. Percussionist Oliver C. Brown, who has worked with KC and the Sunshine Band, Al Jarreau, Fleetwood Mac, Leo Sayer and Nancy Wilson. Multi-instrumentalist George Makinto, who has performed for Nelson Mandela and Pope John Paul II, will bring his effervescent flute playing and drumming to this entertaining concert.
For the first half of the concert, the Santa Clarita Children’s Choir, under the direction of Jennifer Brown, will perform several African songs they have mastered, among them the gentle “Thula Klizeo,” a song about homesickness and comfort written by Joseph Shabalala of Ladysmith Black Mambazo.
Songs from Zimbe! Come Sing The Songs of Africa are melodic and easily learned, arising from a generations-deep tradition of musical storytelling, sharing those characteristics with folk traditions the world over. They will sing about the highs of a wedding celebration then explore cultural oppression.
This music is life in all its abundant troubles and blessings, and throughout the concert the Santa Clarita Master Chorale will embrace themes that range from a Ghanaian playground song about a hawk, to a lullaby for mothers of imprisoned sons from the Xhosa people of eastern South Africa.
After a more than a two-year wait, the Free to Be Me Music Festival will make its much-anticipated debut at the Canyon Country Community Center, located at 18410 Sierra Highway, on Sunday, June 12, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
"Something Rotten: The Broadway Musical (Rated PG) opens this weekend at Canyon Theatre Guild in Old Town Newhall. Opening night is Saturday May 14 at 8 p.m. with a free champagne and wine reception for ticket holders. It will run every weekend, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, until its scheduled closing on June 18.
Nestled near the eastern edge of California State University, Northridge campus, as the California Towhee softly calls, sits an often-overlooked environmental gem in the heart of the San Fernando Valley - CSUN’s Botanic Garden.
To honor the memory of longtime community leader Charlotte Kleeman, a celebration of life will be held Friday, June 3, at the College of the Canyons University Center, located at 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road in Santa Clarita, beginning at 2 p.m.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health confirmed 5,152 new positive cases Saturday, 4,750 new cases Sunday, and 2,476 new cases Monday countywide, with four additional deaths and 790 new cases in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Visit newly opened MB2 Entertainment at the site of the former Mountasia on June 5 to support Carousel Ranch. Purchase a play card and a percentage of your purchase will benefit Carousel Ranch. Visit and have fun while donating to a worthwhile cause, the clients of Carousel Ranch and the equestrian therapy and vocational training programs.
California Health and Human Services Agency Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly and Director of the California Department of Public Health and State Public Health Officer Dr. Tomás J. Aragón, issued a joint statement supporting the recommendation by the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunizations Practices and the Federal Food and Drug Administration to authorize use of a single booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines for children ages 5-11 at least five months after completing their primary series.
Feeling the need to act, members of the Santa Clarita Human Relations Roundtable, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Congregation Beth Shalom, NAACP Santa Clarita, Higher Vision Church and the Islamic Center of Santa Clarita Valley decided to gather with community members to mark and reflect on the May 14 shooting in Buffalo, N.Y.
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is working with state and national partners on an international outbreak of monkeypox. On May 19 the Centers for Disease Control confirmed a case of monkeypox in the United States in Massachusetts.
The father/son legacy continues after 40 years at Valley Institute of Prosthetics and Orthotics established in 1982. The company serves the Central Valley and the Santa Clarita Valley with the highest quality orthotic and prosthetic devices for patients to regain functionality.
The County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control is aware of the public’s desire to visit our animal care centers without an appointment. In response Animal Care and Control is adopting new public visitation hours for unscheduled visits just in time for National Pet Adoption Weekend, May 20-22.