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Date: Wed, 20 May 2009
From: Brian Haskins <brimusic@yahoo.com>
Subject: Fw: One more time with Rachmaninoff!

Please distribute this concert information to those who may wish to attend this special concert of Sergei Rachmaninoff in the Mt. Angel or Salem area. May 31.

Thank you!

Brian Haskins
Portland Symphonic Choir member

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From: Portland Symphonic Choir <Portland_Symphonic_Choir@mail.vresp.com>
To: brimusic@yahoo.com
Sent: Tuesday, May 19, 2009 4:12:35 PM
Subject: One more time with Rachmaninoff!

Dear Rachmaninoff Fan,

Hear one of the greatest choral masterworks of the 20th Century!

The Portland Symphonic Choir sang the Vespers of Sergei Rachmaninoff this past weekend and earned two standing ovations for their efforts.

As James Bash, music critic, wrote in NW Reverb, "The Portland Symphonic Choir gave a sumptuous performance of Sergei Rachmaninov's "Vespers" on Sunday afternoon (May 17). Standing in the apse of St. Mary's Cathedral , the 120-vloice choir, under the direction of Steven Zopfi, created waves of warm, rich sounds with excellent tonal blend. Impressive especially were crescendos that reached massive proportions and the many passages in which the basses reached notes that came from the subterranean levels of the Russian soul."

If you missed those concerts OR if you want to hear the "All-Night Vigil" one more time, you can do that by going to

Mt. Angel, Oregon, 4 pm Sunday, May 31st
St. Mary's Parish Church, 575 E. College Street, Mt. Angel, Oregon
General admission tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students... available only at the door.