Together in Song: A Gathering of Choral Music with Pasadena Chorale, Los Angeles Children’s Chorus and Yale Glee Club

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Published on May 5, 2022

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Pasadena Chorale is proud to announce that it will partner with Los Angeles Children’s Chorus and Yale Glee Club for a benefit concert to raise funds for Urban Voices Project, a music community engagement nonprofit and performance choir composed of currently and formerly unhoused artists of Los Angeles. “Together in Song: A Gathering of Choral Music” will take place at the First United Methodist Church in Pasadena, Calif. on Wednesday, May 25 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are free and can be reserved at pasadenachorale.org, but a donation made to Urban Voices Project is strongly encouraged.

“Urban Voices Project does such important work by brilliantly connecting singing with community and wellness,” said Pasadena Chorale Artistic Director Jeffrey Bernstein. “We are deeply impressed by Urban Voices and the example they give of what the arts can offer, and we’re proud and happy to support their work.” Bernstein continued, “On a personal note, I was an assistant conductor of the Yale Glee Club some thirty years ago, and it’s exciting to share the stage with them again!”

The three choral ensembles, the Pasadena Chorale, Los Angeles Children’s Chorus and Yale Glee Club, will come together for one night only to perform uplifting and inspiring choral selections that represent unity and inclusion. The concert is the only LA appearance by the Yale Glee Club on their tour of California.

Urban Voices Project brings the healing power of music directly to individuals marginalized by homelessness, mental health issues, and unemployment in the Greater Los Angeles area. Funds raised from this benefit concert will help Urban Voices Project orchestrate a comprehensive hybrid return to in-person programming, fortify its organizational capacity to achieve organizational growth and stability, and continue to strengthen its efforts around diversity, equity, and inclusion across the organization.

To learn more about Urban Voices Project, visit https://urbanvoicesproject.org/. To make a donation, visit https://urbanvoicesproject.app.neoncrm.com/np/clients/urbanvoicesproject/donation.jsp?campaign=39&

About Urban Voices Project

Rooted in Skid Row through music, community, and openhearted inclusion of the most marginalized members of society, Urban Voices Project amplifies artistic expression to improve well being, strengthen social networks, and inspire individuals to be their own best advocates.

About Pasadena Chorale

Founded by Jeffrey Bernstein in 2009, the Pasadena Chorale is an auditioned community chorus presenting affordable high-quality choral concerts and educational programs to the greater Pasadena Community. During its dozen years of service to the community, the Chorale has presented over one hundred performances and enjoyed collaborations with the Pasadena Playhouse, MUSE/IQUE, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and the Gamble House. In 2017 the Pasadena Chorale was awarded second place in the American Prize in Choral Performance.

The Chorale also offers a robust education program at no cost to participating students. Each year, through its unique Listening To The Future project, the Chorale pairs local high school composers with a professional composer mentor for a year of study. At the end of the year the Chorale presents a concert of the music composed by these students. The Pasadena Chorale is the proud recipient of support from the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, The Pasadena Community Foundation and the City of Pasadena. All of PMC’s regular concerts are offered on a “Listen First, Then Give” basis, ensuring that all are able to attend, and encouraging the generous support of those who are able. The mission of the Pasadena Chorale is to create choral music that educates, uplifts and inspires as many people as possible.

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