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High school grads remain singing friends

Penumbra, a 12-member group formed last September by Nevada Union High School choir alumni who wanted to continue singing with their peers, will do just that Friday in Grass Valley.

When Kathleen Bennallack, Lindsay Burgess, Micah Cone, Conor Jamison, Jamie Drew, Ashley Roe and Ryan Smalley founded the a cappella group, they invited Owen Bettinger, Kurt Hardin, Iain Hicks, Myfanwy Rowlands and Moorea Seal, their friends still enrolled at the high school, to join them.

The group recently chose its name as several members, together one night, observed a ring around the full moon.

According to Hardin, an alto member said, “Did you know that’s called a penumbra?” to which a bass member responded, “Music is like that circle” and a tenor member added, “That would be a good name.”

Now that the group has an official name, Hardin said the group wants to introduce themselves formally to the community they are from, i.e. Friday’s free concert at Peace Lutheran Church.

Penumbra will present the Renaissance pieces “O occhi, manza mia” by Orlando di Lasso, “O Magnum Mysterium” by Tomas Luis de Victoria, “Ecco mormorar l’onde” by Monteverdi and “Alma Redemptoris Mater” by Palestrina. The group’s repertoire also includes the baroque period “Come Sweet Death” by J.S. Bach; romantic period “Salvation is Created” by Pavel Tschesnokoff; contemporary works “Alleluia” by Ralph Manuel, “Ubi Caritas” by Maurice Durufle and “Sleep” by Eric Whitacre; and folk songs and spirituals “Steal Away” arranged by James McKelvy, “Band of Angels” by Jester Hairston, “Al Ha Nissim” by Elliot Levine and “My God is a Rock” by Alice Parker and Robert Shaw.

A reception immediately follows the concert with desserts donated by Hollywood Sweets.



WHAT: Penumbra concert

WHEN: Friday at 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Peace Lutheran Church sanctuary, 828 W. Main St. in Grass Valley.

ADMISSION: Free but donations will be accepted.


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