Spark delights in the sound of people making music together, with ensembles that come in all shapes and sizes. In our first story, you may already know that the Grammy-winning San Francisco Symphony Chorus is one of the finest vocal ensembles in the world ... but what you may not know is that most of its members are volunteers, who travel to San Francisco at least once a week from as far away as Stockton. In our second story, travel to the First Missionary Church in San Jose for a visit with the newly formed The Gospel Travelers, an unlikely assortment of blues and gospel performers. Then see how the Sonos Handbell Ensemble in Walnut Creek make music one note at a time.
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Take a trip with the newly formed Gospel Travelers, who are banded together by the sheer love of music.
Listen to the Grammy-winning San Francisco Symphony Chorus, whose members are mostly volunteers.
Make music one note at a time with the Sonos Handbell Ensemble of Walnut Creek.
Also on KQED.org this week ...
Drought Watch 2015: Record-Low Sierra Snowpack
The Sierra Nevada snowpack, which typically supplies nearly a third of California's water, is showing the lowest water content on record: 6 percent of the long-term average for April 1. That shatters last year's low-water mark of 25 percent (tied with 1977).
"Boomtown" History of the San Francisco Bay Area
KQED's "Boomtown" series will seek to identify what is happening in real time in the current boom, and also draw out the causes and possible solutions to the conflicts and pressures between the old and the new.