Pacific Chorale amazes with "Cathedral Echoes"
A reverential hush fell over the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall following the opening selection of Pacific Chorale’s season finale, “Cathedral Echoes.” With the concert occurring the same day as the terrorist attack in Orlando, a choked-up maestro John Alexander had asked for no applause and a moment of silence following the prayerfully sung,“Come Holy Spirit.” “Come holy spirit, renew the face of the earth,” the chorale sang, in a near whisper.
Post concert, chorale supporters gathered at the Avenue of the Arts Hotel for the chorale’s annual chairman’s dinner gala, where Judy Morr, executive vice president of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, received the group’s Entrepreneur in the Arts award. “I am honored,” Morr said. “I couldn’t think of an organization that would be more connected to my heart than the chorale. I have long admired their artistry and am proud to be a partner with them.” Tenor Davis Gaines entertained, dedicating a heartfelt rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” to the Orlando victims. Gala sponsors included Janice Johnson, Phil and Mary Lyons, and Thomas Nielsen.