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Students Share Their Vocal Talents

San Diego Mesa College Vocal Ensemble will perform off campus on Mother’s Day

Anyone who walked into the San Diego Mesa College Learning Resource Center on Wednesday, April 20 at about 2:15 p.m. would have been in for a nice surprise.

Mesa’s Vocal Ensemble (MUSI 210A-D) led by Dr. Richard Chagnon performed a beautiful and captivating rendition of “Bach Again – Come Sweet Death,” arranged by Rhonda Sandberg. Chagnon told The Mesa Press in an email, “Each semester, the Vocal Ensemble presents its “3 Minute Concert” series; once a month, usually the third or fourth Wednesday, at 2:14 p.m., the group sings one piece in the LRC.” Without a solid way to communicate the performance to the student body, however, it comes off as a flash-mob style performance.

Dr. Chagnon has been teaching music at Mesa College for 31 years and has toured his choirs around the world. There are two upcoming free concerts at University Christian Church located at 3900 Cleveland Avenue in San Diego. The 35 member vocal ensemble will perform on Saturday, May 7 at 7 p.m., and Sunday, May 8 at 4 p.m. They will be accompanied by the Mesa College Guitar Ensemble on Saturday and the Mesa College World Music Ensemble on Sunday. The performances will include an interesting rendition of “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” Czechoslovakian folk songs and compositions by Steve Reich by the 24 member Guitar Ensemble, and Xylophone Court Music played by the 15 member World Music Ensemble.

May 8 is Mother’s Day, so this is a good thing to do with Mom while also showing support for Mesa College’s music department.

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Students crowd around in the LRC to see the Vocal Ensemble perform a modified version of "Bach Again - Come Sweet Death."

San Diego Mesa College's Vocal Ensemble performs a short piece in the Learning Resource Center
Photo Credit: Robert Thomas
Students crowd around to see the Vocal Ensemble perform a modified version of “Bach Again – Come Sweet Death” in the LRC

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Robert Thomas, Staff Writer/Photographer
Originally from Tampa, Florida, I moved to San Diego with the Navy in 2010. After I got out, I stayed because San Diego is a fantastic place to live for so many reasons. In the Fall of 2012 I started as a full time student at Mesa College and by Fall of 2015 had earned degrees in Anthropology and Geography. I'm transferring to UC Berkeley this Fall but came back for one last semester to study journalism and write for the Mesa Press. Favorite quotes: "There is no way to peace. Peace is the way." A.J. Muste.  "I have been running my whole life and arrived nowhere. Now I walk mindfully and arrive in the here and the now with every step." Thich Nhat Hanh.
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