The Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC) is celebrating the holidays with its annual Winter Concert, entitled “Winter Wonderland: Sounds of the Season,” which marks the first stand-alone program led by the Chorus’ new Artistic Director, Fernando Malvar-Ruiz. The program will be held on two consecutive Sundays, Dec. 9 and 16, 2018, at 7:30 pm, at the Pasadena Presbyterian Church. Some 250 choristers will be featured in the multi-media vocal program, which is geared for people of all ages and includes an array of favorite carols, seasonal songs from Venezuela, and winter-themed works by Bach, Kodály, Elgar, Verdi, Saint-Saëns and others.
“A true communal event, LACC’s Winter Concert is a wonderful time for people of all backgrounds to come together and experience the harmony and joy of hearing children’s voices raised in song,” says Malvar-Ruiz. “I am delighted that this seasonal offering will be my first public concert conducting LACC.” This will also be the first performance by LACC’s new SATB Choir (soprano, alto, tenor, bass), the mixed-voice ensemble Malvar-Ruiz established in August.
The program will include five sections, each based on a different holiday theme and introduced by a single a cappella voice. Among the works featured are Elgar’s evocative The Snow, with lyrics by his wife, Caroline Alice Elgar; Kodály’s Stabat Mater for male voices and Mountain Nights, a wordless piece that uses vocalizations to emulate the sounds of nature and expressed the composer’s deep love of the outdoors; Bach’s cantata Sleepers Awake and the inventive Domine Deus from Mass in G; and Hope for Resolution, composed by Paul Caldwell and Sean Ivory in 1994 to celebrate the end of Apartheid and the beginning of reconciliation in South Africa.
Malvar-Ruiz has also programmed a selection of holiday music from Venezuela, where he spent his early childhood, and such beloved carols as Jingle Bells, Deck the Halls and Ding Dong, Merrily on High, amongst many others.
Malvar-Ruiz will conduct the LACC’s Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, and SATB Choir. 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 combined.
Tickets to LACC’s Winter Concert are $27, $40 and $46; children 17 and under are half price. For tickets and information visit lachildrenschorus.org or call (626) 793-4231.
The Pasadena Presbyterian Church is located at 585 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101.
Photo: Los Angeles Children’s Chorus / Jamie Pham credit
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