Long Beach Chorale & Chamber Orchestra Presents “New Joy”; a Celebration for the Holidays

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The Long Beach Chorale and Chamber Orchestra (LBCCO) announces their holiday celebration concert; “New Joy”, a concert of American holiday music, on Saturday, December 17, and Sunday, December 18, at Grace First Presbyterian Church in Long Beach.

Guest Conductor Matthew Martinez leads the more chorus in a holiday concert sure to invoke the wonder of the season. The program is highlighted by works from contemporary American composers, such as the rousing “Behold New Joy” by L.A. Master Chorale Composer-in-residence Shawn Kirchner, the poignant “Completing the Circle” by Los Angeles based composer Dale Trumbore, and the haunting “O Magnum Mysterium” by Jennifer Higdon. The program is rounded out by early American works and popular spirituals sure to bring joy to each listener.

“We are thrilled to have such an accomplished choral director conducting our holiday concert”, says Eliza Rubenstein, LBCCO Artistic Director. “Matthew’s infectious enthusiasm, and intuitive and profound musicality will go straight to the heart. I’m sure our audiences will be transported to memories of holidays past, present and future.”

For Martinez, it’s all about the music. Since receiving his Master of Fine Arts in Conducting from UC Irvine, he has served as Music Director at Mesa Verde United Methodist Church and as Choir Director at Congregation Shir Ha-Ma’a lot. Martinez remarked, “I’m so excited to direct this outstanding chorus. “New Joy” will celebrate the singular spirit of the holiday season as notated by a diverse group of composers. In addition to our classic holiday favorites, it is particularly exciting to perform recent works by local composers who continue to make the Choral world a thriving place to make music.”

The LBCCO’s performances of “New Joy” will take place at Grace First Presbyterian Church, located at 3955 N. Studebaker Rd, Long Beach 90808. The Saturday performance begins at 7:00 p.m. and on Sunday it starts at 4:00 p.m. Audiences are invited to remain after the performance and enjoy refreshments at the LBCCO’s signature post-concert reception and holiday gift basket auction.

Tickets, available now, are $25 for general admission and $15 for students with ID. Tickets can be purchased online at www.LongBeachChorale.org, or by calling (562) 427-1931.

The Long Beach Chorale and Chamber Orchestra celebration concerts:
Saturday, December 17, 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 18, 4:00 p.m.
Grace First Presbyterian Church
3955 N. Studebaker Rd. Long Beach 90808
Tickets: $25 General/$15 with Student ID

About the Long Beach Chorale
The Long Beach Chorale and Chamber Orchestra (LBCCO) was founded in 1988 by former director Mark Barville, and directed since September 2003 by Eliza Rubenstein. LBCCO is comprised of men and women ages 18 to over 80 and on occasion collaborates with student choral groups to extend the diversity of performances and appeal to a broad cross-section of the greater Southern California community. The orchestra and major soloists are professional musicians, hired specifically to meet the demands of the music, to achieve the highest quality overall performance.

The Long Beach Chorale and Chamber Orchestra is in its third decade as a fixture of the Long Beach arts scene. Called “our best local chorus” by Gazette Newspapers, the LBCCO has sung with the Long Beach Opera and performed at the Long Beach Museum of Art, Rancho Los Alamitos, The Aquarium of the Pacific, and the Carpenter Performing Arts Center. The group’s musical programming is drawn from around the world, ranging from the middle ages to present day. Staying true to its mission statement, the Long Beach Chorale & Chamber Orchestra honors and promotes the tradition of outstanding music-making by creating a variety of great musical experiences for Southern California.

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