San Diego Mormon Choir takes first bows

For the organizers of the new San Diego Mormon Choir and Orchestra, the timing was good and the talent plentiful.

The choir and orchestra, formed and conducted by Welk Resorts music director Justin Gray and Moonlight Amphitheatre resident music director Elan McMahan, involves more than 150 singers and instrumentalists. The group presents its inaugural concert at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. The concert is titled "Praise the Lord With Heart and Voice: A Celebration of Sacred Music." The group's youth choir opens the show. Tickets between $15-$25 are available at the box office.

"I was inspired by a similar choir in Orange County," Gray said. "My wife is a violinist, and we know there are so many talented people in San Diego, and we realized we really needed something like this. I spoke with people in the Latter-day Saints community, and there was so much support and enthusiasm."

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