Bach benefits local Food Bank

Danny Foley

City College’s premier student chorus, the Chamber Singers, will be holding a concert this Saturday that will be a fundraiser to benefit the Food Bank, a local non-profit group.

The Food Bank feed’s hungry people by obtaining leftover food and distributing it to qualified social service agencies and community groups serving a wide spectrum of individuals and families.

In 2004, more than 68,000 people living in Santa Barbara County got a hot meal from the Food Bank.

Some groups the Foodbank helps out include children’s programs, recovery programs, food pantries, homes for the mentally or physically disabled, senior centers, and shelters for the abused and homeless. The Food Bank depends on generous people in the community, businesses and corporations to donate food for those in need. Over 400 donors contributed food and other supplies during 2004.

The Chamber Singers upcoming concert for the Food Bank will include performances of Bach’s “Magnificat” and Handel’s “Utrecht Te Deum.”

The Chamber Singers will be joined by choirs from the First United Methodist Church and El Montecito Presbyterian Church as well as be accompanied by orchestra and soloist performances.

The Chamber Singers are a group of about twenty voices that performs in all Concert Choir concerts as well as other scheduled events at City College.

The group performs literature a cappella as well as accompanied by chamber music. The Chamber Singers often tour to the local high schools for performances. The artistic director for the Chamber Singers, Nathan Kreitzer, has been singing and conducting music since 1989. He is currently the director of choral and vocal activities at Santa Barbara City College. He is also the director of music at the First United Methodist Church, the group accompanying the Chamber Singers in their upcoming performance.

Along with the Chamber Singers, Kreitzer also heads the hundred-voice concert choir and the twenty-voice Quire of Voyces at City College.