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December 11, 2008
The era of recording has arrived for the Choral Society...


To a musician there's nothing quite like a recording to add a feather in the proverbial cap.

And if it is your first, all the better.

For the 185-member Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra the release of its first-ever commercial recording, entitled "Eternal Light," is a milestone. It not only marks its entry into recording, it celebrates its first tour with its very own orchestra.

The recording was made during the SCSO's tour performance at the Walt Disney Concert Hall last June. That performance saw the chorus and orchestra tackle Mozart's "Requiem" and Morten Lauridsens "Lux Aeterna". It was one of the SCSO's best performances to date, and showed how the organization took to the stellar acoustics at Disney Hall. Both works are included in the recording.

The release of the CD (cost: $15) will be announced during its 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. "Home for the Holiday" concerts this Saturday at the Mondavi Center for the Arts.

The CD will be available for purchase at both concerts, and also on its SCSO's website:

And it will soon be a purchase item at, said Lee Blachowicz, vice president of the SCSO and its board. A total of 2,000 CDs were made of the Disney Hall performance. And it is the SCSO's intention to work out an arrangement with iTunes to allow the download of the recording, he said.

The recording comes way of a collective bargaining agreement that it entered with its orchestra musicians, and the American Federation of Musicians union in 2007. That agreement allows for the creation and selling of commercial recordings, and also stipulates how musicians will be paid for them.

That agreement also allows the orchestra to stream its music on KXPR and KXJZ, though Blachowicz said the details of any such streaming has yet to be worked out.

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