May 22, 1989 |
There were many fine things about Saturday's performance of Bach's "Passion According to St. John" at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, but the one that remains indelibly etched in memory is tenor Thomas Randle's profoundly moving performance in the role of Evangelist. It is the Evangelist who must deliver nearly all of the narrative portion of the text. With the kind of conviction and persuasiveness that make the title evangelist wholly appropriate, Randle brought vivid drama and poignancy to the familiar story.
December 3, 1992 |
They still call themselves the Orange Coast Singers, even though they'll be warbling in Tustin churches and at various other inland locales through April while their home base, the Robert B. Moore Theatre at Orange Coast College, is being renovated (to the tune of $1.6 million). Saturday they will offer a Christmas program at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Tustin. "Acoustically, singing in churches is much better than singing at Orange Coast College," says Richard Raub, the Singers' director.
August 24, 1990 |
Baritone Hector Vasquez, 32, has won the $4,000 top prize in the San Francisco Opera Center's Merola Opera Program finals. One of 20 young, competing singers, Vasquez took the Schwabacher Memorial first-prize award for singing excerpts from Mascagni's "Cavalleria Rusticana," Gounod's "Faust" and Verdi's "Falstaff." "It's very much a boost for your career," Vasquez said by phone Thursday from his home in Brea. "But also on a personal level, it's the recognition of your work that it brings.
November 23, 1987 |
Whatever extracurricular virtues the Orange Coast Chorale may provide by bringing together community members and Orange Coast College students, one could not say that Mozart and Schubert were particularly well served Saturday by the chorale in a program directed by Richard Raub in the Robert B. Moore Theatre on campus in Costa Mesa. Two choral works--Mozart's "Vesperae Solennes de Confessore" in C and Schubert's Mass No. 6 in E-flat--were on the program with Mozart's Clarinet Concerto.
November 19, 1988 |
It's fairly easy to pull in a large audience with a concert devoted to the music of Beethoven, Mozart or Schubert, said Orange Coast Chorale conductor Richard Raub. But venturing a program of nothing but Poulenc is a different tune. That's why Raub is a little bit worried about the Poulenc program he will lead today at the Costa Mesa campus. "It's a little scary to take a risk like this," Raub said in a recent phone interview. "It's not doing the safe thing.
May 10, 1993 |
For Richard Raub's farewell performance as director of the Orange Coast Singers, overall theatricality, rather than subtleties of expression, ruled the occasion. The program--for which 13 alumni singers joined the 34-member group Saturday night at Red Hill Lutheran Church--lent dramatic closure to Raub's 23-year tenure on the Orange Coast College faculty. Choral dynamic levels in Mozart's "Grand" Mass in C minor, K.