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Chorale Brings Holiday Family Concert
To Agoura Hills
Los Robles Master Chorale will bring its annual family-oriented concert to Agoura Hills for the first time when Holiday Treasures are unwrapped at the Performing Arts Education Center on Sunday, December 8 at 2:30 pm. Highlighting seasonal classics and contemporary favorites, the special afternoon performance, under the direction of artistic director Lesley Leighton, will also welcome the LRMC Handbell Choir and include audience sing-alongs of favorite carols.
Holiday Treasures will feature such seasonal choral classics as Seven Carols for Christmas arranged by choral music legend Alice Parker, American spirituals arranged by Moses Hogan and Paul Sjolund, and familiar and newer carols by John Rutter and Shawn Kirchner. Also on the program are modern classics such as White Christmas, The Christmas Song, and Christmastime is Here from A Charlie Brown Christmas.
Holiday Treasures will be presented Sunday, December 8, at 2:30 pm, at the Performing Arts Education Center on the Agoura Hills High School campus, 28545 Driver Avenue, Agoura Hills. Tickets are $25 adults, $15 students, and can be purchased in advance online at thepaecs.org.
Holiday Presence Will Feature World Premiere
The world premiere of an original Christmas carol by a local college student and a rare performance of the Mass for Double Choir by Frank Martin will be among the concert highlights when Los Robles Master Chorale shares its Holiday Presence, under the direction of artistic director Lesley Leighton, on Saturday, December 14 at 7:30 pm in Newbury Park.
19-year-old Giorgio Navarini, a student at Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, is the youngest-ever winner of the chorale's annual Young Artist Choral Composer Competition. His piece, The Christ Child, sets a poem by English theologian, poet, and critic G.K. Chesterton and "is intended to invoke the depth, mystery, and ethereal joy of the Nativity story," says the composer.
The Mass for Double Choir was composed in 1922, but not performed until 1963. "It is now recognized as one of the great masterpieces of unaccompanied choral music," according to musicologist John Bawden in the Directory of Choral Music.
The concert will also feature seasonal classics and contemporary favorites - both sacred and secular - written and arranged by John Rutter, Roger Wagner, Shawn Kirchner, Moses Hogan, Michael W. Smith, and others.
Holiday Presence will be presented Saturday, December 14 at 7:30 pm at St. Julie Billiart Catholic Church, 2475 Borchard Road, Newbury Park. Tickets are $25 adults, $15 students, and can be purchased in advance at our Online Store or by calling 805.526.7464.
Young Composer Contest Winner Announced
Congratulations to the 2013 winner of Los Robles Master Chorale's Young Artist Choral Composer Competition, Giorgio Navarini! His entry, The Christ Child, will be premiered at our annual holiday concert, Holiday Presence, on December 14, 2013 at 7:30PM at St. Julie Billiart Catholic Church in Newbury Park, California. Giorgio is the youngest winner ever of this competition at 19 years of age - what a talent in the making!
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