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Anyone remember road trips with the college glee club, with gung-ho alums and community members who turned out in droves to support them? Glee clubs are flat-out good fun.

One hasn’t investigated the actual number of Pomona College alums currently in residence on Bainbridge, although the group is said to have a “significan presence.” But even if you aren’t an alum, lump yourself into the “community” category to hear the Pomona Glee Club serenade the island next week.

The 23-voice group, under the direction of Donna DiGrazia, will sing choral masterworks in the Western European tradition at 4 p.m. May 26 at Grace Episcopal Church.

Selections will include works by Brahms, Bruckner, Victoria, Byrd, Lauridsen, Fauré, Purcell, Rachmaninov and others.

“We performed on Bainbridge Island in 2002 to a wonderful, enthusiastic audience, and we are looking forward to returning to this beautiful locale with a new group of students,” DiGrazia said.

For young and old, it’s opera

The Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra concludes its 35th anniversary season with the Bainbridge Chorale & Children’s Chorus in “A Night at the Opera.”

Responding to Music Director David Upham’s pre-season call for programming suggestions, one orchestra member said, “Wouldn’t it be great to do a program that includes every opera hit you ever wanted to do?!”

And so began this season’s grand finale, in which the chorale’s music director, Anthony Spain, will share the podium with Upham in the performance of opera arias, choruses, and instrumental works.

Hear “A Night at the Opera” at 7:30 p.m. May 31 and 3 p.m. June 1 at Bainbridge Performing Arts.

Tickets, $15 for adults, and $10 for seniors, military, and youth, may be purchased online at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, by phone at 842-8569 or in person at BPA, 200 Madison Ave.

Bainbridge Island resident Sharon Acton, soprano, will sing three arias, as will island native Eden Nordby, soprano. Eden will be joined by her recital partner, Charles Chen, for two duets. Also appearing are baritone David Borning, a disciple of island resident Michael Trimble, and the orchestra’s concertmaster, Dr. Thomas Monk, in the beautiful “Meditation” from Massanet’s opera, Thaïs.

The program will feature choruses from Verdi’s La Traviata, Nabucco, and the “Anvil Chorus” from Il Trovatore. Arias include popular favorites from Verdi’s Rigoletto, Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro, and Puccini’s famous “O mio babbino caro” from Gianni Schicchi. The second half of the program will center on George Bizet’s perennial favorite, Carmen, with a collection of beloved arias, choruses and instrumental works. Be sure not to miss this very exciting conclusion to an outstanding season of music!

A Night at the Opera appears at BPA on Saturday, May 31 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, June 1 at 3:00 p.m. BPA Box Office hours are 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and one hour prior to each performance. The production has one 15 minute intermission and is suitable for music lovers of all ages.

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