Angel City Chorale’s holiday concert theme this year is ‘Heart of the Holidays,’ and it’s shaping up to be a real treat. Yesterday we had last regular rehearsal, and things are coming together so well it’s almost frightening.
Venue is the venerable Wilshire United Methodist Church at 4350 Wilshire Blvd (next door to the Wilshire Ebell Theatre). BTW, we’re not affiliated with WUMC or any other organization — religious OR secular.
As usual, you’ll get to hear instruments along with the chorus, but this year we’ll feature a brass choir on our first number. And I’ll be playing alto flute as well as the usual C-flute (NOT with the brass choir, tho).
As usual, we’ll sing in different languages, but this year we’ll add Latvian and Old Spanish to the ordinary mix of English, Latin, and Hebrew.
Our fast-paced gospel numbers will include two traditional carols plus a rousing Hanukkah piece — “Judah and His Maccabees” — that actually quotes Mohammed Ali: “float like a butterfly, sting like a [ macca ] – bee.
And the sing-alongs will include ‘Oh Holy Night’ (chorus only — some lovely person will handle the solo for you) as well as more traditional carols ending with ‘Silent Night.’
Finally, there’ll be a slide show of photos from our trip to South Africa. But don’t worry — we’ll be singing along at the same time.
All this and a lavish reception! Ticket prices have not changed: in advance it’s $22 for seniors (60 and up), $25 for adults, and $17 for kids 12 and under. You can buy on line at angelcitychorale.org/events/onlinetickets.html and pay more for preferential seating (please mention my name as the ‘referring member’). At the door, tickets will be $25, $30, and $20 respectively.
If you’ve never attended an ACC concert, this would be the perfect year to take a plunge. You’ll be doing yourself a favor if you kick off your holiday season with an evening of excitement and inspiration — “public mirth,” as one of our songs describes it.