Santa Monica-based Ocean Park Community Center (OPCC) and the Angel City Chorale (ACC) ensemble have begun a new partnership to support the community’s response to homelessness, domestic violence and mental illness, organization officials announced.
“Joining together with OPCC creates a natural partnership for Angel City Chorale because our goal is to build community one song at a time,” said ACC artistic director Sue Fink. “By participating in this alliance, we reinforce our commitment to making a difference in the communities surrounding us.”
Founded by Fink in 1993, ACC has grown to over 125 singers and has performed at venues such as the Walt Disney Concert Hall and Kodak Theater. The chorale has also appeared on national television and worked with musicians such as Stevie Wonder, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Luther Vandross.
OPCC is a comprehensive provider of housing and services on the Westside to low-income and homeless youth, adults and families, battered women and their children, and people living with mental illness. The organization currently operates 257 emergency and transitional beds in six facilities and has over 150 individuals living in apartments throughout the region with rental subsidy vouchers obtained by OPCC.
In support of OPCC’s efforts, the ACC ensemble will donate a significant portion of the proceeds from its newest album “The Road Home” to the social service organization.
The CD will be premiered at Angel City Chorale’s Spring Concert Series, featuring an eclectic selection of songs ranging from classical, pop and jazz to spiritual, gospel and R&B. The chorale will perform a special spring concert to celebrate the new CD at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 15th, at Brentwood Presbyterian Church, 12000 San Vicente Blvd.
Tickets are $30 and can be purchased online at www.angelcitychorale.com/.
“We were fortunate to have several members of Angel City Chorale as volunteers here at OPCC, and since I have been to several of Angel City Chorale’s concerts, it was easy to say yes when they wanted to partner with us,” said John Maceri, OPCC executive director.