Bakersfield College choir members Jennetter Carderon, right, Paige Nicholson center, and Morgan West rehearse their performance of Ron Kean's "Follow the River." Kean, a local composer, was inspired by the life of onetime slave and abolitionist Harriet Tubman.

Nick Ellis / For The Californian

Jennifer Garrett, director of choral activities at Bakersfield College, is asking the public's help for a worthy cause: Getting her hard-working choir to Australia for a tour in 2018.

To that end, Garrett is in the thick of fundraising, with a dinner planned for April 1. More on the mission and how you can help, from an email Garrett sent to The Californian:

"We need to raise about $125,000. I want everyone that wants to attend to be able to go despite their financial situations. I have never had a group of people work as hard as this ensemble and I want them to be able to represent Bakersfield College in Australia and especially at the Sydney Opera House where we will combine with choirs from around the world under the direction of Grammy-Award winning conductor and composer Craig Hella Johnson. We will also do the world premiere of a brand new piece of music written by another famous composer, Jake Runestad. This is the opportunity of a lifetime.

"So we are fundraising like crazy and will have a Broadway Spaghetti Dinner on April 1 to help raise funds for the tour. We are calling it, "Give My Regards to Broadway." It will combine the talents of the BC culinary arts under chef Eric Sabella providing spaghetti, bread, salad, drinks, etc., and the BC chamber singers performing Broadway hits as a choir, soloists and small groups. The cost is $15 per person and tickets are only on sale until Monday, March 27. Tickets can be purchased by calling 395-4547 or by emailing at jennifer.garrett@bakersfiieldcollege.edu."

Tickets can also be purchased at the door but will not include dinner.

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