Utterly Entertaining: Curtain Opens on Local Idol Finals

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(Kelly Cannon, Photographer)
Vivian Welch serenaded Orinda parade goers on the Fourth of July. She will compete alongside fellow Lamorinda Idol finalists on Aug. 18.

    The Lamorinda Idol finals are set to take place Aug. 18 at the Orinda Theatre.
    Soloists compete in four categories by grade, while groups compete in three categories by grade. Each performer receives immediate feedback from a panel of three professional judges, and at various breaks in performance categories, the audience votes for its favorites. 
    Based on a combined score determined 50 percent by judges and 50 percent by audience vote, winners are selected and receive cash prizes. In addition, one soloist with the highest number of audience votes who is not also a category winner receives an Audience Award cash prize.
    The finals start at 11 a.m. and finish with an awards ceremony at 7 p.m. The breakdown of the day is as follow: 

    11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Soloists from grades K-2 and 3-5
    1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Groups K-5, 6-8 and 9-12
    3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Soloists from grades 6-8
    5 – 6:15 p.m. Soloists from grades 9-12
    7 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Awards Ceremony

    Entrance to each of the performances is free but donations are accepted. The event is sponsored by the nonprofit Lamorinda Arts Council. To learn more, go to www.lamorindaarts.org.

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