About 150 singers who will not be able to join the opening night performance at the Orange County Performing Arts Center have been invited to attend the benefit concert free, Center officials said.
The singers belong to the Pacific Chorale and the Master Chorale of Orange County, which will perform jointly at the Sept. 29 concert. But the choruses, informed last month that their combined 290 members were too many for the Center, selected 140 to perform.
The others will receive tickets that would have sold for $250 apiece, Thomas R. Kendrick, the Center's executive director, said last week.
"A decision has been made to invite those members of the chorales who cannot sing," Kendrick said.
The choruses will perform the Ode to Joy from Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by Zubin Mehta.