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The Spirit of the Holiday in Music: A Performance Guide

January 26th, 2009 by Temple City Tribune

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“Christmas Is…”
The annual Holiday spectacular presented by the Citrus College Fine and Performing Arts Department brings the Christmas spirit to the stage of the Haugh Performing Arts Center with costumes and scenery all made in campus workshops. This delightful family show presents the singing and choral talents from the college’s acclaimed music department all backed by a full live orchestra playing the glorious tunes of the season. Afternoon performances begin 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, and continue Dec. 13, 14, 20 and 21. Evening performances begin at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, with continuing shows Dec. 13, 19 and 20. Tickets are $20; students and seniors, $18; 16 and under, $15. The Haugh Performing Arts Center at Citrus College is located at 1000 W. Foothill Blvd., Glendora. For information, please call (626) 963-9411.

Azusa Pacific’s Music Department “Celebrates Christmas”

More than 400 students of the Azusa Pacific University School of Music will participate in the annual “Celebrate Christmas” performance at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5 and again at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7 at the Lake Avenue Church, Pasadena.  Holiday music from English Madrigals to Big Band jazz, traditional folk songs and contemporary Christian music will be performed by the University Choir, Symphony Orchestra, Oratorio Choir, Chamber Singers, Wind Ensemble, Men’s Chorale, Jazz Ensemble and other special musical guests.  Ticket prices range from $2 to $35.  The Lake Avenue Church is located at 393 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena.  For information, please call (626) 815-5494. 

Los Angeles Master Chorale Offers “Holiday Wonders”
Santa Claus makes a special appearance when the Los Angeles Master Chorale decks the Disney Hall with seasonal favorites in its “Holiday Wonders” family concert 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6 and again on Saturday, Dec. 13. Carols and Christmas fun mark the program. “Deck the Halls”, “Jingle Bells”, “O Holy Night” and more by the wonderful Chorale with the added voices of The Voices Within Children’s Choir singing original compositions by Los Angeles students. Grant Gershon conducts. Ticket prices range from $24 to $78 and children under 12 pay half price in any section. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. For information, please call (800) 787-5262.

First Presbyterian Church of Monrovia Choir and Orchestra Presents “Messiah” selections and Christmas Favorites
Classical and popular Christmas favorites plus an old-fashioned carol sing-along is the program planned by the church’s Music Director, Peter Green. Green conduct the 60-member choir at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7 at the First Presbyterian Church of Monrovia. Also assisting will be Dr. Anita Hanawalt, organist, and soloists Johanna Kent, Jan Freemyer, Linda Sharpe and Nicholas Preston. The program is free, but donations will be accepted. The First Presbyterian Church of Monrovia is located at the corner of Myrtle and Foothill at 101 E. Foothill Blvd., Monrovia. For information, please call (626) 358-3297.

Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert
The Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestra has been accused of being professional musicians. No, they are kids, but they have been consistent winners of high honors over the orchestra’s 36-year history. Four conductors, 12 sectional coaches and 160 musicians have readied a sensational program of holiday music which they will present at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9 at Pasadena High School. The PYSO, under the direction of Music Director and conductor Jack Taylor, will perform Arcangelo Corelli’s “Christmas Concerto”, selections from Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade”, and Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker” Ballet suite and a contemporary version of “Silent Night”. Also featured will be former PYMO conductor Richard Meyer’s composition “Celebration”, a winner in the National School Orchestra Association composition contest. The concert is free. Pasadena High School is located at 2925 E. Sierra Madre Blvd., Pasadena. For more information, please call the orchestra’s sponsors: The Orchestras of Pasadena, (626) 793-7172, ext. 21.

Los Angeles Children’s Chorus Annual Winter Concert
The thorough training, range of music studied and performance accolades from around the world distinguishes this youth choir over all others. The Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, now in its 23rd season, presents its annual Winter Concert at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 7 and again at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14 at the Pasadena Presbyterian Church. Anne Tomlinson, conductor of the Concert Choir and the Chamber Singers; Mandy Brigham, conductor of the intermediate Choir; and Amy Brehm, conductor of the Apprentice Choir, will lead the youngsters in a program of works by Aaron Copland, Pablo Casals, J.S. Bach and others. Ticket prices range from $24 to $42; half-price for students. The Pasadena Presbyterian Church is at 585 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. For information, please call (626) 793-4231.

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