Canzona-on-stage.72Canzona Women’s Ensemble presents its spring concert entitled “Canzona Takes Flight” on Sunday afternoon, March 15 at 3 p.m. at the Old Mission in San Luis Obispo. The 28-voice group is led by co-directors Cricket Handler and Jill Anderson and accompanied by pianist Janis Johnson and trumpetist Jerry Boots (of the San Luis Obispo Symphony).

The program offers a combination of repertoire that is new to Canzona as well as a number of “old favorites” that the group has performed in previous concerts. Highlighted is music that Canzona will take to the Tapestry International Women’s Choral Festival in Vancouver in May (hence the title for the concert!). Old favorites include “maggie and milly and molly and mae,” which Ms. Handler will conduct in Canada, and “Psalm 23” by Franz Schubert, which Dr. Anderson will conduct in Canada. Music that is new to the group includes “National Weather Forecast” by Henry Mollicone and “Two Songs” by Karl Kohn (both Mollicone and Kohn are contemporary California composers). Canzona will also reprise “To the God of Light and Shadow,” a commissioned piece by San Luis Obispo composer Meredith Brammeier, who will also conduct the piece in Canada.

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, and $10 for students. They can be ordered online through the website:, or through For information, call (805) 542-0506. The Mission is located on the corner of Chorro and Palm in downtown San Luis Obispo.