Published : Wednesday, December 4, 2019 | 2:17 PM
If you love choral music, there’s no better time for concert going than Saturday, December 7 or Sunday, December 8. This year’s holiday offering by the Pasadena Master Chorale marries gorgeous choral music of the season with the immortal words of Charles Dickens.
“It’s like a traditional Lessons & Carols service”, explains PMC artistic and executive director Jeffrey Bernstein, “readings of text interspersed with choral anthems and carols.”
In “A Dickens Christmas” the text readings are taken from Charles Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol”, that irresistible tale of holiday redemption.
“We will take the audience on a journey”, says Bernstein, “from the miserly depths of Scrooge’s cold heart to warmth of hope that even he can be redeemed.”
Accompanying the humorous and potent words of Charles Dickens will be a feast of choral music gems including carols such as “In The Bleak Midwinter”, “The Coventry Carol”, and “Wassail” and beautifully transcendent works such as Lauridsen’s “O Nata Lux” and Vaughan Williams’s “Fantasia on Christmas Carols”.
PMC will be joined by pianist Tali Tadmor. As is PMC’s custom all readings and solos will be performed by members of the choir.
Continuing and deepening its partnership with the Pasadena Unified School District, PMC is delighted to share the stage with two groups of PUSD singers: the PMC Student Singers from Washington Middle School, led by Cynthia Abbott (performing on Saturday), and the choir from Marshall High School, conducted by Jonathan Gould (performing on Sunday).
A Dickens Christmas will be presented twice. The matinee performance at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7, is a benefit concert to support the Pasadena Master Chorale. Held in the intimate Altadena Community Church, tickets for this special performance are $25.00. The evening performance at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8, at St. Philip the Apostle Church in Pasadena is offered, as all PMC programs are, on a “Listen First, Then Give” basis.
The Altadena Community Church is located at 943 E. Altadena Drive in Altadena and St. Philip the Apostle Church at, 151 S. Hill Avenue, Pasadena.
For tickets or more information call (626) 208-0009 or visit www.pasadenamasterchorale.org.