VERO BEACH — The Atlantic Schola Cantorum will perform the Best of the Atlantic, a joyous compilation of memorable choral selections, at 4 pm Sunday, April 18 at the Community Church of Vero Beach. Tickets are $15 for the highly anticipated annual event, and may be purchased at the door or in advance through the ticket office at 772-778-1070.
The Region’s preeminent chamber choir will be joined by the Atlantic Children’s Chorale in a choral concert featuring some of the most beloved sacred choral works by Palestrina, Rachmaninov, Blake, Schubert, Thompson, Paulus, Hogan, Rutter, Gabriel Faure and Bach. Joining the choirs will be guest pianist Juvenal Correa-Salas to dedicate the Community Church newly renovated Hamburg-Steinway Concert Grand. The program will be conducted by the choirs founder, Dr. Jose Daniel Flores and accompanied by Community Church Associate Music Director Ryan Kasten.
About the groups:
The Atlantic Schola Cantorum is a community non-denominational choral group. Members are comprised of local music teachers, music directors and other area singers with choral training. This chamber choir acknowledges the long-standing tradition of the Community Church support for fine music.
The Atlantic Children’s Chorale (ACC) is a selected treble choir that develops the student’s potential to a high level of vocal technique and musicianship while exploring challenging treble choral repertoire in a fun atmosphere. This choir just received the honor of being invited to participate at the Sing A Mile High Choral Festival in Denver Colorado this coming summer. Members of this group come recommended by local school teachers. The choir provides a high quality music experience and it is affiliated to the Vero Beach Academy for the Performing Arts.
About the director:
José Daniel Flores’ distinguished career includes prestigious positions in the academic world as well as in churches with notable choral programs. He has directed prize winning choirs in different schools in San Juan, PR where he was also the Dean of Academic Affairs at the Conservatory of Music founded by Pablo Casals. Flores has studied under highly regarded conductors such as Helmuth Rilling, Don Moses, Fred Stoltzfus and Roselyn Pabon, among others. His comprehensive training includes a Doctorate in Sacred Music with an emphasis on Choral and Instrumental Conducting from the Oxford Graduate Theological Foundation, a Masters Degree in Choral Conducting and Organ (Dr. Michael Farris) from the University of Illinois and a Bachelors degree in Music Education and Instrumental Conducting from the Conservatory of Music in San Juan. In his tenure since his appointment at Community Church, Flores has elevated the church’s previous reputation for musical excellence to now being widely regarded as among the most respected music programs in the region.