Master Chorale Spring Concert this weekend

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The Idyllwild Master Chorale presents a musical banquet with its Spring Concert at Stephens Recital Hall on the Idyllwild Arts campus on Saturday, March 29.

Led by Artistic Director Dwight “Buzz” Holmes and featuring returning guest artists Dimyana Pelev and Justin Patrick Holmes, the chorale aims to satisfy all appetites from classical to musical theater.

Highlights will include the seldom performed “Polovtsian Dances” from Alexander Borodin’s “Prince Igor” with its haunting melody familiar to many as “Strangers in Paradise,” the “Habanera” and “March of the Toreadors” from Georges Bizet’s opera “Carmen,” and a song suite from “Les Misérables,” recently revived again on Broadway to standing ovations.

Pelev, who previously starred with IMC as Guinevere in “Camelot” and Eliza Doolittle in “My Fair Lady,” takes star turns in “Carmen” and “Les Mis,” ably supported by Justin Holmes’ rich baritone.

Now in its 39th year, and under direction of founder Robert Evans Holmes’ son Dwight, IMC goes for the bold and the emotionally uplifting and in doing so, has astonished and enthralled its audiences. With Ed Hansen at the keyboard, IMC’s “Les Mis” and “Opera Choruses” promises to be a must-see musical event.

Stephens Recital Hall has limited seating and there is only one performance at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students and are available at the IMC website, www.idyllwildmasterchorale.com and at the door.

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