The Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC) will present “Let Beauty Awake” on two Sundays, December 6 and 13, at 7 pm, at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.
Highlights of the evenings (the repertoire will vary for each concert) will include Ralph Vaughan Williams’s Let Beauty Awake, part of a cycle of nine songs set to poems by Robert Louis Stevenson, which inspired the concert’s theme; John Rutter’s Personent Hodie from “Dancing Day,” a timeless collection of holiday carols published in 1974; and Amen Shem Nora, a compelling Sephardic folk song arranged by R. Remstein. Also featured will be Misa Pequena by regarded composer/conductor Francisco Nunez of the Young People’s Chorus of New York; the Cuban lullaby A la hora from “Desde mi alegre jardin” by Enrique Feliu; and Debussy’s Noël des enfants qui n’ont plus de maison, with a text highlighting the despair and challenges of French children living through WWII. Other works will include the Finnish welcome song Tervetuloa; traditional German carols In Dulci Jubilo and Kling, Glöckchen; Bach’s Domine Deus from Mass in G, Bist du bei mir and Den Tod; Eleanor Daley’s The Birds; Emilio Grenet’s Si Tú Supieras; the Japanese folksong Fuyu no Uta; and Franck’s Panis Angelicus.
Two guest soloists will also be part of the event – LACC alumnus Cantor Rachel Goldman (on December 6) and soprano Elissa Johnston (on December 13).
LACC Artistic Director Anne Tomlinson will conduct the chorus’s Concert Choir and the Chamber Singers. Associate Artistic Director Mandy Brigham will lead the Intermediate Choir, Diana Landis will lead the Apprentice Choir, and Dr. Steven Kronauer will conduct the Young Men’s Ensemble. The choirs will perform separately and together.
Tickets are $26, $38 and $44; with children 17 and under at half price. Click here for further details and to purchase tickets.
The Pasadena Presbyterian Church is located at 585 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101.
Photo: Members of the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus. Credit: JP Candelier