By Godfrey Lee
The recent “Feel the Spirit” concert of the Mayflower Community Chorus was a moving tribute to Black spirituals and songs, a series of three performance that underscored the powerful meaning of the music.
The concert was performed in San Rafael on Dec. 9 and Dec. 10 at the Marin Center Showcase and on Dec. 11 at the Church of Saint Raphael.
Daniel Canosa, chorus director and conductor, is from Argentina where he studied composition and orchestra conducting at the Argentine Catholic University and Universidad Nacional De La Plata. In California, he founded the Apollo Baroque Orchestra in the Sierra Foothills and the Camerata California in Sacramento. He has also conducted the Auburn Symphony Orchestra and the Camilla Symphony Orchestra. In 2009, Canosa became the first Artistic Director of the Bay Area Rainbow Symphony in San Francisco.
Canosa joined the Mayflower Community Chorus in 1999 and has since coached its members through every aspect of vocal interpretation. In 2006, he led the chorus as it traveled to the Czech Republic to perform in the Prague Advent Choral Festival. In 2009, the chorus traveled to Portugal to perform in a series of friendship concerts.
A guest performer at last week’s concert was Jujuana ShaRon Williams, whose rich, deep voice accompanied the chorus in the last four songs: “Mary, Did You Know?” “Sound Over All Waters,” “Joyful, Joyful” and “Lean On Me.”
Williams graduated from UC Santa Cruz in Theater Arts and is an aspiring actor, singer and songwriter. Along with singing in the Napata and the Chocolate Kisses band and acting on stage, she has toured in Denmark with the Oakland Ensemble Youth Theater group. For the past several years, she has been teaching theater at the Destiny Arts Center in Oakland. She loves to work with young people and hopes to produce a play geared to the youth audience.
The chorus is the performing ensemble of the Mayflower Choral Society, a nonprofit corporation devoted to supporting the educational and cultural benefits of musical performances. Singers, who are from Marin County, have enjoyed singing and supporting each other, some as members of the chorus for many years.
Although no formal auditions are necessary to join, potential members must meet certain musical qualifications, such as ability to match a pitch, follow directions, learn their parts and attend regular rehearsals.
The chorus produces two shows a year and is also available to perform at private, corporate and community events. Small ensembles and/or the full chorus can be scheduled. For more information about the Mayflower Community Chorus, or to book special performances, go to www.mayflowerchorus.org or contact Linda Allen at (415) 883-0215.