Lamorinda Idol Returns to the Orinda Theatre for the 2022 Competition

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Lamorinda Idol finalists Alec Home (L), a Campolindo senior, and Juneaux Maeder, a recent Campolindo graduate, wowed attendees at this year’s 4th of July parade.

    The Orinda Theatre will be filled with excited young performers and proud parents on Aug. 14 as Lamorinda Idol returns for another year.
    COVID forced the competition online in 2020 and outside at the Orinda Community Center Park in 2021, but, this year it’s back at the grand Orinda Theatre where a total of 39 soloists and 13 groups will vie for best in their categories.
    A program of the Lamorinda Arts Council, Lamorinda Idol is a singing competition modeled after American Idol.
    This year approximately 120 young people auditioned with judges choosing the finalists in early spring. The talented youngsters have since been performing throughout Lamorinda including the Orinda Association’s 4th of July parade and at the City of Orinda’s Concerts in the Park July 14. 
    “The culmination is the Finals, on August 14 this year, when singers perform in the Orinda Theatre, and highly qualified judges comment on their performances,” said the Arts Council’s Steve Harwood.  “Then, winners in eight categories will be selected, based on voting of the judges and the audience. Winners will receive cash prizes. The quality of the singing is remarkable in all categories.”
    Broken up into age groups and solo or group events, the day will begin at 11 a.m. with solo competition in K – 2nd and 3rd – 5th grades, followed at 1 p.m. by Groups in K – 5th, 6th – 8th grades and 9th – 12th grades. The afternoon competition continues at 3:15 p.m. with soloists in 6th – 8th grades followed by soloists in grades 9th- 12th at 5 p.m. Awards for all categories begin at 7 p.m. Admission is free.
    According to Harwood, the day is much more than a competition.
    “It is an opportunity for young people to pursue their passion for singing.  They are coached through workshops and outdoor performances in Lafayette, Orinda, and Moraga. As the young people pursue their passion, they bring joy to the community.”
    For more information on Lamorinda Idol, go to www.lamorindaarts.org.

Sally Hogarty can be reached at sally@theorindanews.com.

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