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By Robert D. Thomas
Music Critic
Pasadena Star-News/San Gabriel Valley Tribune/Whittier Daily News
This article was first published today in the above papers.

Nothing symbolizes the Christmas holiday season in quite the same way as music, and the upcoming month has a large number of musical offerings to help you celebrate the season. So, as you make your lists and check them thrice, give yourself a present or three with one of the following (in chronological order):

• Dec. 4, 2 p.m., Westminster Presbyterian Church, Pasadena
Verdugo Hills Showtime Chorus; Gerry Papageorge, conductor

Happy Holly Days
This Sweet Adelines (female barbershop) chorus is joined by quartets and a children’s choir.
Info: 909/985-7552; www.verdugohillschorus.org

• Dec. 4, 3 and 7:30 p.m., Claremont Presbyterian Church, Claremont
Claremont Chorale; Gregory Norton, conductor

Sounds of the Season
Brass and percussion join the chorale; featured work is Hodie (Born Today) by Z. Randall Stroope.
Info: 909/621-9782; www.claremontchorale.org

• Dec. 4, 7 p.m., Pasadena Civic Auditorium
Pasadena Pops Orchestra; Allison Sweeney, actress; Donald Brinegar Singers, Los Angeles Children’s Chorus. Grant Cooper, conductor

Holiday Pops
Info: 626/793-7172; www.pasadenasymphony-pops.org

• Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m., St. Therese Church, Alhambra
Dec. 5, 4 p.m. at Neighborhood Church, Pasadena
Pasadena Pro Musica; Stephen Grimm, conductor

Baroque Advent Christmas — music by J.S. Bach, Scarlatti and Buxtehude
Info: 626/628-2144; www.pasadenapromusica.org

• Dec. 5, 3:30 p.m., Herrick Chapel, Occidental College
Occidental Glee Club and College Chorus; Desiree LaVertu, conductor

Holiday Concert
Music by Handel, Vivaldi, Grieg and others
Information: www.oxy.edu

• Dec. 5, 7:00 p.m., Pasadena Presbyterian Church
Los Angeles Children’s Chorus; Anne Tomlinson, artistic director

Midwinter Concert. The Concert Choir, Intermediate Choir and Young Men’s Ensemble perform.
Info: 626/793-4321; www.lachildrenschorus.org

• Dec. 5, 7 p.m., Walt Disney Concert Hall
Los Angeles Master Chorale; Grant Gershon, conductor

30th annual Messiah Sing-Along. Your chance to sing at Disney Hall, joining with the Master Chorale in Handel’s masterpiece. Also Dec. 19 at 7 p.m.
Info: 213/972-7282; www.lamc.org

• Dec. 11, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Plummer Auditorium, Fullerton
Masters of Harmony; Mark Hale, conductor

This multiple award-winning men’s barbershop chorus, based in Santa Fe Springs, performs its annual Christmas show.
Info: 888/664-8863); www.mastersofharmony.org

• Dec. 11, 2:30 p.m., Walt Disney Concert Hall
Los Angeles Master Chorale; Grant Gershon, conductor

Holiday Wonders, with the Master Chorale joined by organist John West and audience carols.
Info: 213/972-7282; www.lamc.org

• Dec. 11 and 12, 4 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, Whittier
Chorale Bel Canto; Stephen Gothold, conductor

Christmas with Chorale Bel Canto. Anders Öhrwall’s The Music of Mary and other selections
Info: www.choralebelcanto.org

• Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m., Pasadena Presbyterian Church
The Kirk Choir, Trinity Choir, Children’s Choirs, Van Etten Handbell Choir and instruments
Timothy Howard, conductor

The 65th annual Candlelight and Carols concert features selections from Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols and Bob Chilcott’s The Twelve Days of Christmas. Free admission
Info: 626/793-2191; www.ppc.net

• Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m., First Congregational Church, Los Angeles
Dec. 12, 4 p.m., Altadena Community Church
Pasadena Master Chorale; Jeffrey Bernstein, conductor

Home for the Holidays
Music by Britten, Rachmaninoff, Lauridsen and Vaughan Williams highlight this program, which features 13-year-old cellist Harry Wilde Greer and 17-year-old Michael Arceneaux, winner of PMC's 1st Annual Vocal Competition, performing O Holy Night in a new arrangement by Bernstein.
Info: 626/208-0009; www.pasadenamasterchorale.org

• Dec. 11, 8 p.m., First United Methodist Church, Pasadena
Angeles Chorale; John Sutton, conductor

Vivaldi’s Gloria, Bach’s Magnificat and other selections.
Info: 818/591-1735; www.angeleschorale.org

Later concerts will be highlighted on Dec. 12.
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(c) Copyright 2010, Robert D. Thomas. All rights reserved. Portions may be quoted with attribution.

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