We hear about Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) staff regularly in regards to travels to Mars and studies of the moon, but this Tuesday, Jan. 7, we are invited to hear them again, only this time full of song! The JPL Chorus will join the Donald Brinegar Singers for a show entitled “Epiphany, a Choral Celebration of Winter.” This free concert will take place at Pasadena City College’s Westerbeck Recital Hall at 8 p.m.
The chorus is comprised of nearly fifty employees coming from a wide variety of roles within JPL, including scientists, engineers, administrators, software, and business people, who have been rehearsing each week, trading lab coats for chorus folders. The talent goes beyond the singing, though. One of the pieces that the JPL Chorus will perform is the brain child of William M. Owen, Supervisor, Optical Navigation Group/Mission Design and Navigation Section, who has been with JPL for 33 years and served on navigation teams for Voyager, Galileo, NEAR, and more.
Two other pieces were arranged, and will be delivered on piano, by Todd J. Barber, Senior Propulsion Engineer, who has been with JPL for 22 years and has worked on mission operations for Galileo, Cassini, Deep Space One, and several more. Barber has a MIT’s B.S. and M.S. degrees, with a humanities concentration in music.
The Donald Brinegar Singers will share the stage with the JPL Chorus. This group has recorded more than ten CDs and received nominations for seven GRAMMY first-ballot awards. They will perform “O Magnum Mysterium,” “Away in a Manger,” “Lullaby,” and “There is No Rose,” prior to another section of the concert that will combine both choirs.
Donald Brinegar is Professor of Music, Coordinator of the Music Department and Director of Choral Studies at Pasadena City College and adjunct Professor of Graduate Choral Conducting at the University of Southern California. He directs the “Three Summer Masters in Choral Conducting” at CSULA where over one hundred graduate conducting students from seven countries and twenty-one states have studied with him in the last ten years. He will be leading both choirs at this event.
Pasadena City College is located at 1570 E. Colorado Blvd. For additional information contact the Pasadena Symphony Association at (626) 793-7172.
PHOTOS: from www.pasadenasymphony-pops.org