OVERNIGHT REVIEW: John Alexander sails away from the Pacific Chorale gloriously

By Robert D. Thomas
Music Critic
Southern California News Group

My review of last night’s performance by the Pacific Chorale in Costa Mesa has been published on the Orange County Register’s Web site HERE (the story will appear in print editions tomorrow). The concert marked the conclusion of Artistic Director John Alexander’s 45-year tenure with the Chorale and their performance of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Symphony No. 1 (“A Sea Symphony”) was a masterful conclusion to a long, illustrious career.

One more thought after a night’s reflection: we often fail to give credit to those in charge of picking soloists for a particular evening. I assume that Alexander selected Layla Claire and Baritone Brian Mulligan for last night’s performance of “A Sea Symphony” and they proved to be exemplary choices for these difficult, taxing roles.

(c) Copyright 2017, Robert D. Thomas. All rights reserved. Portions may be quoted with attribution.

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