Colla Voce concert takes audiences to British Isles

Auburn performances May 6
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Colla Voce of the Sierra presents a spring concert experience, “Songs of the British Isles,” featuring the Colla Voce Chamber Singers.

The opening concert is at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at Grace Lutheran Church in Grass Valley. 

Concerts in Auburn are scheduled for 3 and 7 p.m. Sunday, May 6, at Pioneer Methodist Church, 1338 Lincoln Way, Auburn.

Tickets may be ordered at or (530) 305-1316. Prices are $15 for general admission, $12 for seniors and students and $2 for ages 17 and under. 

The concert will feature songs from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland, including the familiar melodies of “Scarborough Fair,” “Danny Boy,” “Loch Lomond” and tunes from the Beatles. Also included is “Ubi Caritas,” commissioned by Prince William for the royal wedding. A visit from a couple of Scottish bagpipers will create the Highlands atmosphere 30 minutes before and after the concert, and local award-winning fiddler Annie Begin will make sure that toes are tapping. Storyteller Joan Stockbridge will collaborate, weaving in tales from Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Timeboy, an audio/visual project founded by Los Angeles electronic artist John King, will be a special feature of the collaboration. King works with Flying Lotus’ net-label Brainfeeder, as well as other West Coast collectives such as Low End Theory, Dropping Gems, World Famous and Abstract Earth Project.

The name “Colla Voce” is derived from an Italian saying, “follow the voice,”?describing how the chorus follows the tempo set by a soloist. For more information, visit