Valley Concert Chorale Presents Annual Holiday Concerts Dec 8 & 10 “A Midwinter Rose”
First Presbyterian Church 2020 Fifth Street, Livermore; and Lynnewood United Methodist Church 4444 Black Ave, Pleasanton
Valley Concert Chorale Presents Annual Holiday Concerts Dec 8 & 10
“A Midwinter Rose”
Livermore, Calif. – The Valley Concert Chorale, celebrating its 55th season as the Tri-Valley’s premier chorus, will perform its annual holiday concerts, this year’s theme “A Midwinter Rose.” Details are as follows:
Friday, December 8, 2017, 7:30 pm
First Presbyterian Church
2020 Fifth Street, Livermore
Sunday, December 10, 2017, 3:00 pm
Lynnewood United Methodist Church
4444 Black Ave, Pleasanton
Keeping with the Chorale’s 2017-2018 “A Season of Roses” theme, the holiday concerts entitled “A Midwinter Rose” features several musical selections of traditional carols in new arrangements such as Bob Chilcott’s There’s a Rose in the Middle of Winter based on medieval folk-song tradition, and John Joubert’s arrangement of There is No Rose, as well as his exuberant Welcome Yule and Torches are audience favorites.
Original arrangements of traditional carols include Jackson Berkey’s Still, Still Night, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, and The First Noel, with the audience joining the chorus in singing traditional carols throughout the performance.
“The audience carol sing-a-long has been a traditional portion of the holiday concerts for over 50 years,” says VCC Board President Bobby Jensen. “It’s obvious that our audience feels the spirit of the season. We can see it in their faces as they sing, and that makes the experience very special for us.”
Finally, a whimsical arrangement of the 12 Days of Christmas, inspired by the mixed-up version made famous by the men’s acapella chorus Straight No Chaser, will have the audience laughing out loud.
Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. High school and college students $10 with valid student ID. Children are free. Advance tickets may be ordered by visiting the Chorale’s website at www.valleyconcertchorale.org, or by calling the Chorale’s information number at (925) 866-4003 to order tickets
More information about the Valley Concert Chorale is available at www.valleyconcertchorale.org, or by calling the general information line at (925) 866-4003.
About Valley Concert Chorale
The Valley Concert Chorale is in its 55th season as the Tri-Valley’s premier chorus. Under the direction of John Emory Bush, the Chorale has offered a variety of musical performances to serve the diverse musical tastes of its audiences.
Valley Concert Chorale’s mission is to engage audiences in the transforming power of music by sharing our passion and joy in live performance. We are dedicated to excellence in singing choral music of all genres, nurturing the next generation of singers, and supporting musical endeavors in our Tri-Valley community.
The all-volunteer, non-profit chorale receives financial support from grants, ticket sales, membership dues, and donations.
About the Director
John Emory Bush has been the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Valley Concert Chorale since 1998. He holds a Master’s degree from the Juilliard School of Music and is also trained as a pianist, organist and harpist. He was Music Director and Conductor of the San Francisco Concert Chorale for eighteen seasons and Director of Music and Organist at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Cathedral in Dallas from 2000-2010. Mr. Bush is Music Director of Music and Organist at First United Methodist Church, McKinney, Texas. For the past fifteen years, Mr. Bush has divided his time between the Bay Area and Dallas, contributing to both musical communities.