Saturday, December 3, and Wednesday, December 7, 2022, 8:00 pm at Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church, Newport Beach

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Pacific Chorale presents “Carols by Candlelight,” a lush compilation of timeless seasonal choral music from the Renaissance and beyond, December 3 and 7, 2002, at Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Newport Beach. (Photo by Drew Kelley)

COSTA MESA, CA (November 2, 2022) – The Grammy-winning Pacific Chorale, one of the nation’s leading choirs, launches its signature holiday programming with two performances of “Carols by Candlelight” – spotlighting timeless traditional and contemporary holiday music, including the choir-commissioned world premiere of Meet Me for Noche Buena by noted LA-based Filipino composer Saunder Choi, a tenor in the chorus whose work has been described as “fresh and earnest” (San Francisco Classical Voice). Special musical guest’s organist Jung-A Lee and pianist David Clemensen join Pacific Chorale, bathed in flickering candlelight, for this distinctive seasonal program on Saturday, December 3, and Wednesday, December 7, 2022, 8:00 pm, in the hushed sanctuary of Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Newport Beach.  Artistic Director Robert Istad also conducts “Gloria” from Missae Papae Marcelli by Palestrina, Villiers Stanford’s Magnificat in G, Op. 81, and works by such contemporary composers as Sarah Quartel, Bob Chilcott, Chad McCoy, Ola Gjeilo, Eriks Esenvalds, Will Todd and Alexandra Denny.

(Photo by Drew Kelley)

Choi says of his new work, “At its heart, Meet Me for Noche Buena is about journeys and relationships; people bringing and sharing their various holiday traditions in new places — whether you’re an American in Japan, an Italian in Argentina, or, like me, a Filipino immigrant who has found a home in California.” Sung in English and Tagalog, it is set to a poem by San Mateo County’s poet laureate, Aileen Cassinetto, also a Flilipino immigrant.

“Every year, I look forward to ringing in the holidays with this special choral program,” says Istad. “The music truly embodies the wonder, reverence, joy, and awe of the season.”

“Carols by Candlelight,” the first of two holiday offerings Pacific Chorale is presenting in December, is followed by “Tis the Season!”, a family-friendly program replete with festive carols, holiday favorites and even a visit from Santa Claus on December 18 and 19, at the Reneé and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa.

Pacific Chorale’s 2022-23 Season is made possible by generous support from Platinum Season Sponsor Phillip N. and Mary A. Lyons, and Silver Season Sponsor Charles and Ling Zhang. The “Carols by Candlelight” concerts are generously sponsored by Trish O’Donnell in loving memory of John O’Donnell.

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(Photo by Drew Kelley)

Single tickets for “Carols by Candlelight” range from $25 to $75. Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church, 2100 Mar Vista Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660. For tickets and information, visit www.pacificchorale.org or call 714-662-2345.