For Immediate Release:Angel City Chorale
Celebrates the Holidays With
22nd Annual Concert & Sing-Along
In Los Angeles for Two Special Evenings
Saturday, December 5 & Sunday, December 6, 2015
LOS ANGELES, CA – November 12, 2015 – Angel City Chorale (ACC), the acclaimed Los Angeles choir led by Artistic Director Sue Fink, will kickoff the holidays with its festive annual winter concert and sing-along, which takes place the first weekend in December at the Wilshire United Methodist Church in Los Angeles. This year’s 22nd edition, Sing Joy, will entertain audiences over two very special nights on Saturday, December 5, and Sunday, December 6, 2015. The concert will feature seasonal favorites that echo the diversity of Los Angeles with selections from African, Jewish, Middle Eastern, South American, British, as well as American holiday traditions. Audiences will also get the chance to join in with the choir on familiar carols. Both performances start at 7:00pm and include a 15-minute intermission. A dessert reception follows each performance. For additional information on ACC, please visit www.angelcitychorale.org or call 310-943-9231.
ACC’s Sing Joy tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. Children’s tickets (ages 5-12) are $22 and seniors are $27 (both in advance and at the door). Preferred front-of-house seating may be reserved online for $50 in advance and $55 at the door; children’s preferred tickets are $42/$47; and seniors’ preferred seats are $47/52. VIP tickets (all categories) are $75. Advance tickets are available here. Online ticket sales close at 10:00pm on the day prior to each show. Same day tickets may be purchased at the door. Wilshire United Methodist Church is located at 4350 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90010 (between Highland Ave. and Wilton Pl.; map). Free parking is available at the venue and on neighborhood streets. Early arrival is strongly encouraged.
“Our concerts jumpstart the holiday season with the sheer power of 150+ joyous voices raised in song, amazing soloists, an incredibly talented live orchestra, and a diverse selection of soul-stirring music,” says ACC’s Fink, adding, “Together, these elements will combine for a very special celebration of Los Angeles’s unity in diversity, across the rich cultures and belief systems that make our multicultural city particularly unique.”
Sing Joy –
Sing Joy is a border-crossing journey of festive holiday music in ACC’s sophisticated blend of styles, from classical and traditional to spirited contemporary and R&B. The concert will feature holiday favorites that echo the diversity of Los Angeles. In addition to popular American songs, African, Jewish, Middle Eastern, South American, and British traditions are also represented in a joyful musical montage.
This season’s song selection ranges from Vivaldi to Pentatonix. Audiences will also have the chance to lift their voices in song with the 150+ member ACC and its instrumental ensemble on familiar carols. Traveling through time and around the globe, Sing Joy has something for everyone: crossing centuries, musical borders, and rich cultural traditions.
Praised by music writer and producer T-Bone Burnett as “one of the most engaging and entertaining evenings of music you can hear in Los Angeles,” Angel City Chorale’s concerts are appreciated by Angelenos for the choir’s signature blend of music styles, unexpected humor, and contagious warmth.
Additional ACC News –
• UK TOUR: Choir members will reunite with Christopher Tin on their upcoming UK tour in July 2016, where they will perform The Drop That Contained the Sea as well as movements from his Grammy-winning classical crossover album, Calling All Dawns. Tour dates include a stop at Cadogan Hall in Chelsea, where ACC will perform with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Additionally, the choir will perform at the prestigious Harrogate Music Festival and the Barbican Centre in York. Also while in England, ACC is excited to record at Abbey Road Studios with Christopher Tin on his new album. The work is set to premiere at an upcoming ACC concert.
• RAFFLE: To help fund ACC’s ambitious UK tour, the choir is holding a drawing for a vacation package to the Hawaiian island of Kauai. To support the choir by purchasing a raffle ticket, please see all the details here. Tickets are $25 and on sale now through Sunday, December 6, 2015.
• TOUR OF HOPE: Every year, during the holiday season, the choir performs concerts at homeless shelters, nursing homes, hospitals, and other community support facilities. This year’s Tour of Hope will take place on Saturday, December 12, 2015. The tour will make stops at Los Angeles Catholic Worker on Skid Row, the Downtown Women’s Center, the LAMP Community,Hollenbeck Palms, and St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church.
Sue Fink, ACC Founder and Artistic Director –
As founder, artistic director, and conductor, Sue Fink brings a dynamic energy to ACC that distinguishes it from other choral groups. Fink attended UCLA and also studied conducting and toured with internationally renowned musician/choral director Roger Wagner. She established the Oriana Renaissance Ensemble and the Los Angeles Women’s Community Chorus, serving as conductor for both groups prior to founding Angel City Chorale. As a singer-songwriter, she has toured extensively, recorded albums, and won international songwriting contests. She maintains a private voice studio in Los Angeles, composes and arranges for choral groups, and writes songs for television and film. As a respected vocal coach, Fink has worked with well-known recording artists including Brian Wilson (The Beach Boys), Luther Vandross, Stevie Wonder, Weezer, the Foo Fighters, and more. She has released two full-length solo albums and four with ACC.
Angel City Chorale –
Angel City Chorale, conducted by Founder/Artistic Director Sue Fink, is a multitalented, multicultural group of more than 150 men and women that truly reflects the spirit of Los Angeles, the city it calls home. Recognized for its signature blend of musical styles and commitment to community, Angel City Chorale strives to give back to the Los Angeles community through the gift of song, donations, and volunteerism. Offering a diverse selection of musical material including classical, jazz, folk, gospel, rhythm and blues, and more, ACC performs two concerts seasonally, in spring and winter, to standing-room only crowds at the historic Wilshire United Methodist Church. ACC has also performed at a variety of venues from the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles to Carnegie Hall in New York; appeared on national television; sung with the Los Angeles Philharmonic; and worked with artists including Stevie Wonder, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Luther Vandross, and Natasha Bedingfield. ACC’s associate conductor is Dan Barnett and the choir’s principal accompanists are Mark McCormick and Gordon Glor.
ACC, which was formed by Fink in 1993, has recorded four highly acclaimed albums, which are available on CD through various online retailers found here. The choir was also featured throughout Grammy-winning composer Christopher Tin’s 2014 album, The Drop That Contained the Sea. The album debuted at number one on Billboard Music‘s Traditional Classical Albums chart. ACC performed on 7 of 10 tracks. The choir works often with Tin, both in the studio and collaborating on live performances.
As a way of giving back to the Los Angeles community, each year in December, around 100 members of Angel City Chorale also participate in the organization’s Tour of Hope, where the singers take a full program on the road, performing concerts for the homeless, elderly, and others who could genuinely benefit from an infusion of holiday spirit.
Wilshire United Methodist Church –
Located at Wilshire and Plymouth in the Mid-Wilshire area of Los Angeles, the Wilshire United Methodist Church first opened its doors on May 24, 1925. Its storied history is woven into the fabric of the Los Angeles community and the multiethnic ministries it serves. Jeanette MacDonald and Shirley Temple each had marriage ceremonies in the church. The church building, reflecting Gothic and Italian styles, has been designated as a historical monument by the Los Angeles City Council. The facade was inspired by the Church of St. Francis at Brescia in Italy and the tower found its genesis in the Torracio of Cremona, near Milan. For more information, please visit www.ewilshireumc.org.
• Angel City Chorale – http://www.angelcitychorale.org
• Sing Joy Tickets – http://angelcitychorale.org/concerts-events/sing-joy
• Sing Joy Facebook Event Page – https://www.facebook.com/events/415629121981548
• Angel City Chorale on Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/AngelCityChorale
• Angel City Chorale Press Kit – http://angelcitychorale.org/news-media
• Angel City Chorale on YouTube – http://www.youtube.com/user/AngelCityChorale
• Angel City Chorale on Twitter – https://twitter.com/AngelCityChoral
• Angel City Chorale on SoundCloud – https://soundcloud.com/angelcitychorale
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“Angel City Chorale has taken the near lost art of a vocal chorale and enhanced such musically expressed sounds for the new millennium. Its unique arrangements as led by its lead conductor Sue Fink, brings out the sonancy of its many voices to its own peerless and appealing style, from performing a ‘greatest hit’ from the 16th century, to a new standard for the 21st. This assembly can do it all. ACC keeps this spirit of song going for all ages to learn and appreciate. It’s not just for ‘church’ anymore!!”
– Rich Borowy, Accessibly Live Off-Line
“Their rendition of ‘Baba Yetu’ was excellent! They turned it into a slow gospel number… totally unexpected, but really effective.”
– Christopher Tin, Grammy Award-Winning Composer of “Baba Yetu”
“The Angel City Chorale offered warm performances of (Morten) Lauridsen’s ‘O Magnum Mysterium’ and ‘Sure on This Shining Night,’ which have the essence of old music made shiningly new.”
– Mark Swed, the Los Angeles Times
***** “The Angel City Chorale warmly and generously gives our bustling city of angels a message of hope and meaning at this season, performing concerts in their annual Holiday Tour of Hope, bringing joy to those in our community, who need it most.”
– Bonnie Priever, LA Musical Theater Examiner
“This audacious event captivated and brought a joyous and rollicking audience to their feet with a stunning array of music and singing fit for royalty…”
– Anthony McBride, Valley Scene MagazinePosted on November 12th, 2015 No comments
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