El Camino College Choirs to Return to Carnegie Hall!
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El Camino College Choirs to Return to Carnegie Hall!

Three of El Camino College’s premier vocal groups will come together to present a preview to their upcoming performance in New York City’s Carnegie Hall. The “Back to Carnegie” concert is scheduled for 8 p.m. May 12 in Marsee Auditorium. 

The El Camino College Chorale, Concert Choir and Mixed Chorus will perform Joseph Haydn’s “Lord Nelson Mass” to preview Joanna Medawar Nachef’s sixth guest-conducting appearance at the venerable music hall this spring. The choirs will be accompanied by a professional orchestra and soloists. 

“It is the dream of every musician to perform at Carnegie Hall, and it is such a joy to make this dream come true for our ECC students,” said Nachef, director of choral activities at El Camino College. “Performing on this prestigious stage never gets old for me! I feel so blessed to share this memorable musical experience with my choral singers.” 

Nachef is an internationally acclaimed choral conductor who has made several Carnegie Hall appearances. She earned a doctorate in musical arts and a master’s degree in choral music from USC, in addition to a bachelor’s degree in piano performance from California State University, Dominguez Hills. Nachef is also on the faculty of California State University, Dominguez Hills, the founder and artistic director of the Joanna Medawar Nachef Singers, and choir director at Peninsula Community Church. In 2015, Nachef retired from her post as the artistic director for Los Cancioneros Master Chorale after 24 years and last year she retired from the California Academy of Mathematics & Science after 25 years as music director.

Among her recent accolades, Nachef was honored in 2015 with the Daughters of the American Revolution’s Americanism Medal, the California Lebanese Ladies Organization Mother of the Year Award, and El Camino College’s Distinguished Faculty Award. In 2017 she was the Mu Phi Epsilon ACME honoree, the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award winner, was featured in the “100 Influential Lebanese Figures around the World” publication and received a Mercury Theatre Award from Torrance Performing Arts Consortium. 

Tickets for the “Back to Carnegie” concert are $10 and may be purchased online at www.centerforthearts.org using the online ticketing system or by phone at 800-832-ARTS. The Ticket Office is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Campus parking is $3. Marsee Auditorium is located at 16007 Crenshaw Boulevard, Torrance.

April 27, 2018