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Concert by new choir open to the public


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If the audience’s reaction to the upcoming performance by a local a cappella choir is akin to that of folks who’ve already heard their voices, the concert is bound to be a winner.

“They were fantastic,” said the Rev. Ted Fielland, pastor of the Temple Terrace Community Church.

The Soaring Sounds Vocal Ensemble, a newly formed group of professional vocalists from throughout the greater Tampa Bay area, sang during a recent Sunday service in the historical church, located at 210 Inverness Ave., Temple Terrace.

“They were excellent,” echoed congregational member Chris Erikson.

She and Fielland say they are thrilled their church will be hosting the ensemble once again in a Prayers and Petitions concert at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 29 in the church sanctuary, 210 Inverness Ave. Open to the public, the presentation will feature songs containing both sacred and secular pleas for peace.

“We have a state-of-the-art sound system and we are delighted to have the opportunity to showcase them and their beautiful music,” Fielland said.

Soaring Sounds Vocal Ensemble Founder and Executive Director Joseph Mendolia has a bachelor’s degree in music and a master’s degree in choral conducting from the University of South Florida.

While enrolled at the college he sang with the USF Honors College Chorus, the USF Collegiate Singers and the USF Chamber Singers. He’s also performed with the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay, the Florida Orchestra and in 2013 appeared on stage at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

The group is made up of 30 vocalists, although just 15 to 20 singers perform together at any one time. All but six have college degrees in the music field.

The ensemble debuted in March with its first concert and performs every other month at venues throughout the county.

“Our goal is to expose people to a type of music you don’t generally get to hear,” Mendolia said.

The Aug. 29 concert will feature songs with lyrics depicting ways in which people seek spiritual, emotional and physical peace.

Prayers will be offered in Russian, Haitian-Creole, Icelandic and English, and the evening’s music will include works by Rachmaninoff, Stephen Paulus and Jake Runestad.

“The highlights of the concert include Heimr Amadair from Disney’s animated film, ‘Frozen,’ and Cells Planets as recorded by Chanticleer,” Mendolia said.

Tickets, priced at $10.50 per person, are available online at www.soaring soundstampa.org or at the door for $12 each. Children accompanied by adults will be admitted free of charge.

Joyce McKenzie can be reached at joycecmckenzie@gmail.com.

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