Annual Holiday Concerts Celebrates Christmas Around World

What does Christmas mean to you? That’s the question InConcert Sierra Artistic Director Ken Hardin had in mind when he created the program for this season’s Sierra Master Chorale and Orchestra Holiday concerts, set for Dec. 16 and 17 in Grass Valley.

Hardin selected a program that captures the beauty of the holidays, as celebrated worldwide. From African to Bohemian carols, from Hanukkah to time-honored Christmas carols, there will be new discoveries and old favorites to savor the season this year.

“Ken Hardin has done a terrific job of choosing a musically diverse repertoire that not only celebrates the spirit and meaning of Christmas but also shows the holiday season from the perspective of different geographic regions and religions,” said choir member Bruce Lattyak, MD.  “This year, more than ever, the program broadens our horizons and reflects our rich multicultural community – there is truly something for everyone!”

The program includes “Christmas Day” by Gustav Holst, “O Magnum Mysterium” by Morton Lauridsen, “Shalom!” by Elio Bucky, “We Need a Little Christmas” by Jerry Herman, “A Glimpse of Snow and Evergreen” by Vijay Singh, and many more, including well known carols that Ken Hardin invites the audience to join in singing with the chorale. Both concerts will wrap up with “Sing Songs of Joy,” an arrangement of carols, complemented with original music by local composer Jerry Grant, arranged and written specifically for these performances.  

“Sing Songs of Joy,” is Grant’s 12th choral work in his storied six-decade musical career. Grant, who resides in Nevada County, has scored more than 500 television episodes and a half-dozen features. He has conducted film scores along with composing and conducting for jazz orchestras, along with many more accomplishments in the music industry.

The Sierra Master Chorale is a 75-member auditioned choir under the direction of Ken Hardin that features singers from around Nevada County. The chorale will perform with 28 members of the ICS Orchestra, which is comprised of professional local and regional musicians.

Since it was established in 2008, the Sierra Master Chorale and Orchestra has developed a reputation for varied, high quality programming that creates exciting musical experiences for both the audience and choristers alike.

The holiday concerts are at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17. Sunday’s performance is already sold out, but tickets for Saturday are still available. Tickets are $35 for adults, $17 for youth ages 5-17 and are available by phone at 530-273-3990, online at www.inconcertsierra.org (ticketing fees will apply) or in person at BriarPatch Co-op in Grass Valley.

“If you’re looking for holiday cheer with something for everyone, you’ve found it,” said Julie Hardin, Executive Director and chorister. “We look forward to these concerts each year and many have made it their holiday tradition to attend!”

The Sierra Master Chorale and Orchestra performs at the Seventh-day Adventist Church, 12889 Osborne Hill Road in Grass Valley. For more information, please call 530-273-3990.

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