by Betsy Levine-Proctor, Ph.D.
CPA Chapter & Division 1
Mark your calendars! The date is June 16, 2012, the time 8:00 P.M. The event is the debut concert of Marin Baroque, a professional level Chamber Choir and period instrument Orchestra co-founded by Daniel Canosa, Music Director, and Betsy Levine-Proctor, San Rafael Psychologist. The program includes: Bach’s Cantata 106, Actus Tragicus, Vivaldi’s double-choir Beatus Vir, and selected Hebrew Baroque works by Rossi. Highly acclaimed instrumentalist Shira Kammen will be featured. Tickets are available at Brownpapertickets.com and at the door. The concert will be held in the beautiful sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael, 1510 Fifth Avenue (corner of E Street), San Rafael with a reception immediately following.
In October, 2011, Dr. Levine-Proctor and Mr. Canosa began discussing the idea of developing a music organization which would include a small, professional level singing ensemble and a period instrument orchestra with a primary focus on Baroque music. Such organizations are quite active in San Francisco, Sonoma County, Berkeley, and Carmel. However, there is nothing quite like this in Marin County, and a number of individuals, both singers and audience members, have expressed the desire to be involved in one “…without having to cross a bridge to get to it.”
Auditions began in November; rehearsals began in February; and a strategic planning meeting was held in March, facilitated by Dr. Jo Linder-Crow, wearing her non-Executive Director of CPA, Facilitator hat.
Several MCPA Psychologists expressed an interest in Marin Baroque and attended the strategic planning meeting in March. Drs. Meghan Harris, Past-President, Claudia Perez, Past-past-President, and Laura Dunning, Past-Newsletter Editor and List Serve Coordinator, were all there along with 21 other singers and supporters. Since then, these three Psychologists have been providing invaluable assistance with publicity and setting up a really useful list serve for the Choir. If you attend the concert and purchase your ticket at the door, Dr. Nancy Hoffman will sell it to you. Either Dr. Harris or Dr. Dunning will be your gracious wine pourer at the reception, and you will see a number of your colleagues among the audience.
MCPA and Marin Baroque have a surprise collaboration in store for you next concert season which begins in late fall. Stay tuned.
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The opinions expressed by the authors are their own and do not reflect the opinions of the Marin County Psychological Association. The information posted on this blog is not intended as, and is not, a substitute for professional mental health services.