Schola's Summer Sings Program features Mendelssohn's 'Elijah' Monday

Schola Cantorum Silicon Valley’s Summer Sings Program, which brings together music lovers to sing the works of the great composers under the baton of six California conductors, continues Monday nights through Aug. 12 at Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave.

The program is designed for anyone interested in learning about the masterpieces and singing with a community, and for those interested in learning about Schola Cantorum. Nonsingers are encouraged to attend as well.

In addition to citing the health and stress-lowering benefits of making music, Schola’s new artistic director, Buddy James, pointed to another draw: “For one night, you can go on a date with some of the greatest composers ever, and there’s no commitment.”

Following is the remaining schedule for Summer Sings.

• Monday: Scot Hanna-Weir, director of choral activities at Santa Clara University and artistic director of Santa Clara Chorale, will conduct Mendelssohn’s “Elijah.”

• Aug. 5: Kristina Nakagawa, artistic director of Resounding Achord in San Jose and choir director at St. Francis Episcopal Church in Willow Glen, will conduct Vaughan Williams’ “Dona Nobis Pacem.”

• Aug. 12: Ofer dal Lal, artistic director of the San Francisco Bay Area Chamber Choir and director of WomenSing, will conduct Verdi’s “Requiem.”

Admission is $17 per program; students under 25 are free with ID. Cost-savings FLEXPasses are available.

For tickets and more information, call 254-1700, or visit

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