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Ringing Bells and Joyful Noises

The season is at hand for carols, choruses, handbells and 'Messiahs' galore--and don't forget the dreidels.

November 24, 1996|Daniel Cariaga | Daniel Cariaga is The Times' music writer

Christmas Eve is a month away--which means that the time for holiday music has arrived again. The celebrations vary from the modest offerings of amateur and church organizations to large-scale professional chorales and pageants heralding Hanukkah, Christmas and even the solstice, all set to the tunes of Irving Berlin, Handel, Marc-Antoine Charpentier and many, many more.


L.A. Baroque Orchestra, "A Traditional Christmas," the Water Garden, 1620 26th St., Santa Monica, Dec. 7, 8 p.m.; St. Brendan's Church, 310 S. Van Ness Ave., Dec. 8, 2 p.m. $20-$24. (213) 466-1767. This orchestra makes an annual event of the 17th century French composer Marc-Antoine Charpentier's "Pastorale on the Birth of Jesus Christ," with soprano Kris Gould as the Angel; this year, add a montage from the "Messiah" and Concerto Pastorale by J.C. Pez.

Sequentia, "Lux Refulget," Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1757 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena, Dec. 8, 3 p.m. $19-$28. (310) 440-1351. "A Shining Light" offers up chant and polyphony, with period instrumentation, from 12th century Aquitaine in--as always with programs from the Da Camera Society's Chamber Music in Historic Sites series--architecture to match.

Aulos Ensemble, with soprano Julianne Baird, "A Baroque Christmas," Schoenberg Hall, UCLA, Dec. 8, 4 p.m. $9-$30. (310) 825-2101. The flute, oboe, violin, cello and harpsichord ensemble, with early music specialist Baird, presents Bach arias, Scarlatti's "Christmas Cantata," 17th and 18th century instrumental music, carols and noels.

Los Angeles Times Sunday December 1, 1996 Home Edition Calendar Page 95 Calendar Desk 1 inches; 26 words Type of Material: Correction
Children's chorus--The time of the Los Angeles Children's Chorus Dec. 6 holiday performance at Pasadena Presbyterian Church was incorrect in last Sunday's Calendar. It's at 7 p.m.

Chanticleer, First United Methodist Church of Pasadena, 500 E. Colorado Blvd., Dec. 11, 8 p.m. $19-$22. (800) 407-1400. The San Francisco-based men's a cappella ensemble sings traditional carols and songs but highlights 13th, 15th and 16th centuries.


Handel's "Messiah":

Glendale Symphony and Angeles Chorale, Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale, Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m. $12-$50. (800) 233-3123. The orchestra's season opener.

Asia America Symphony, Korean Master Chorale and UCSB Chamber Choir, Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, 12700 Center Court Drive, Dec. 8, 4 p.m. $25, $31. (310) 916-8500. The renamed Japan America Symphony's first outing.

Paulist Boy Choristers, St. Paul the Apostle Church, 10750 Ohio Ave., Dec. 14, 7:30 p.m. $12-$35. (213) 365-3500. A purist version--uncut, period instruments--with the internationally known Paulist choir, plus the Gentleman of the Chapel Royal and soloists.

Pacific Symphony and Pacific Chorale, Orange County Performing Arts Center, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, (714) 556-ARTS, Dec. 14, 3:30 p.m. $17-$49. Guest conductor Richard Westerfield leads this performance.

Southern California Mormon Choir and the Los Angeles Mozart Orchestra, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., Dec. 17, 8 p.m. $10-$35. (213) 972-7211. Soloists are Maurita Phillips-Thornburg, Adelaide Sinclair, Jonathan Mack and Richard Milius.

"Messiah" sing-alongs:

Los Angeles Master Chorale and Sinfonia Orchestra, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m. $14-$18. (213) 365-3500. Expect 3,000 compatriots if you show up for this Paul Salamunovich-conducted tradition.

Claremont Symphony Orchestra, Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. 4th St., Claremont, Dec. 22, 3:30 p.m. Free. (909) 592-5620. An annual community event, conducted by James Fahringer and Gary Iida.

El Camino College Choral Dept., El Camino College Center for the Arts, 16007 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance, Dec. 20, 7:30 p.m. Free. (800) 832-ARTS. Conducted by Joanna Nachef, with Robert Haag at the piano.


Orange County Hanukkah Concert, Orange County Performing Arts Center, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, Dec. 8, 2:30 p.m. $9-$36. (714) 556-ARTS. Look for laughs and music, with Milton Berle and Sid Caesar, folk singer Debbie Friedman, 12-year-old cellist Paul Wiancko, nine children's choirs from local temples and synagogues and an orchestra of 34.


Pasadena Pops Orchestra, "Holiday Extravaganza," Ritz-Carlton Huntington Hotel, Pasadena, Nov. 29, 7:30 p.m. $17-$42. (818) 792-POPS. The Los Angeles Children's Chorus, Santa Claus and conductor Victor Vener deck the halls.

Glenn Yarbrough, "The Forgotten Carols," Robert B. Moore Theatre, Orange Coast College, 2701 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa, Nov. 29, 8 p.m. $22. (714) 432-5880. The Christmas story in song, spotlighting the minor characters.

UCLA Campus Choir, Redondo Beach Church of Religious Science, 907 Knob Hill Ave., today, 2 p.m.; Westwood United Methodist Church, 10497 Wilshire Blvd., Dec. 1, 4 p.m. $5-$12. (310) 670-3465. Bach's Cantata No. 140, "Sleepers, Wake!" Vivaldi's Magnificat and more, including carols and sing-alongs.

South Bay Master Chorale, "A Holiday Serenade," Faith Lutheran Church, 835 Hastings Ranch Drive, Pasadena, Dec. 1, 4 p.m.; Manhattan Beach Community Church, 303 S. Peck Ave. Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m. $15. (310) 327-6111. The program features John Rutter's Gloria, and music by Poulenc, Nelhybel and Allaway.

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