Sing a New Song with Long Beach Chorale this Holiday

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The Long Beach Chorale and Chamber Orchestra (LBCCO) will present “Sing a New Song,” a program of works for the holiday season, on Saturday, December 12, and Sunday, December 13, at Grace First Presbyterian Church in Long Beach.

Led by Artistic Director Eliza Rubenstein, the 60-voice chorus and chamber orchestra will perform Bach’s Cantata 36—a joyous, beautiful, and seldom-performed Advent work—and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ beloved Fantasia on Christmas Carols, along with works by Libby Larsen and the recently departed Sir David Willcocks. Four renowned local soloists join the LBCCO for these concerts: soprano Harriet Fraser, mezzo-soprano Nadia Smelser, tenor Jon Lee Keenan, and bass-baritone David Stoneman.

The intimate venue of Grace First Presbyterian Church promises to provide audience members with an emotional and visceral experience, in keeping with the LBCCO’s motto: Great music, up close.

The LBCCO tackled Bach’s final masterwork—the monumental Mass in B Minor—last spring, and reviewer Jim Ruggirello said of the performances, “The chorus was magnificent….but what really sets Long Beach Chorale apart from other choruses is their expression of sheer joy. The next time Long Beach Chorale announces they are going to attempt the impossible, buy a ticket.”

“After spending last year living inside the B Minor Mass, we couldn’t quit Bach cold turkey,” said LBCCO Artistic Director Eliza Rubenstein. “This cantata is one of my favorites of Bach’s lesser-known church works, and it pairs beautifully with the Vaughan Williams Fantasia, which is a wonderful journey through some familiar Christmas tunes.”

The LBCCO’s performances of “Sing a New Song” will take place at Grace First Presbyterian Church, located at 3955 Studebaker Rd, Long Beach 90808, with Saturday’s performance beginning at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday’s at 4:00 p.m. Tickets, available now, are $25 for general admission and $15 for students. Tickets can be purchased online at www.LongBeachChorale.org , or by calling (562) 427-1931.

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