Los Angeles Master Chorale to Present Five Christmas Choral Concerts in Walt Disney Concert Hall December 2-18

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Los Angeles Master Chorale to Present Five Christmas Choral Concerts in Walt Disney Concert Hall December 2-18



Festival of Carols with Eric Whitacre

December 2 & 9, 2 PM


Bach: The Six Motets
December 10, 7 PM


Handel’s Messiah
December 17, 7 PM


37th Annual Messiah Sing-Along
December 18, 7:30PM






(Los Angeles, CA) October 13, 2017 – The Los Angeles Master Chorale will perform five festive Christmas concerts in Walt Disney Concert Hall in December. The choral programs are a much-loved Los Angeles holiday tradition and these concerts frequently sell out.


A blend of favorite Christmas carols, songs, and popular classical compositions, the series of concerts also includes a Messiah Sing-Along concert which allows the audience to sing as the choir. Tickets to all concerts start at $29 and are available now online from lamasterchorale.org, by calling the Box Office at 213-972-7282, or in person from the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion box office, Monday – Saturday, 10 AM to 6 PM.




Saturday, December 2, 2017 – 2 pm

Saturday, December 9, 2017 – 2 pm


Eric Whitacre


Los Angeles Master Chorale’s Swan Family Artist-in-Residence Eric Whitacre will conduct this year’s perennially popular Festival of Carols concerts that feature traditional favorites alongside new arrangements of popular carols and songs. This year’s concerts will include the premiere of a new 20-minute Christmas-themed work composed by Whitacre, The Boy Who Laughed at Santa Claus based on the Ogden Nash poem. Three other Whitacre works — Glow, Lux Aurumque and little tree — feature in the concerts, as do arrangements by LA Master Chorale tenor and former Composer-in-Residence, Shawn Kirchner, that have become firm audience favorites. The 100 members of the Master Chorale will be joined by special guests from the National Children’s Choir for these performances.




Caroling, Caroling

Alfred Burt


Carol of the Bells

Mykola Leontovych (arr. Peter J. Wilhousky)



Eric Whitacre


Joy to the World

Lowell Mason (arr. Roger Wagner)


Santa Claus is Coming to Town (Sing-Along)

John Frederick Coots & Haven Gillespie


Christmas Time is Here

Lee Mendelson & Vince Gauraldi


The Boy Who Laughed at Santa Claus

Eric Whitacre




We Need a Little Christmas

​Jerry Herman (arr. Jerry Rubino)


Lux Aurumque

Eric Whitacre


O Christmas Tree

arr. Ken Malucelli & Deke Sharon
little tree

Eric Whitacre


Silent Night

Franz Gruber (arr. Shawn Kirchner)


Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (Sing-Along)

​Johnny Marks


Brightest and Best

Southern Harmony (arr. Shawn Kirchner)


O Holy Night

Adolphe Adam (arr. John Rutter)


Wonderful Counselor

Jester Hairston


Eric Whitacre, conductor

100 singers

National Children’s Choir; Luke McEndarfer, Artistic Director

Lisa Edwards, piano

John West, organ




Sunday, December 10, 2017 – 7 pm


Jenny Wong


The Los Angeles Master Chorale’s recently promoted Associate Conductor, Jenny Wong, makes her solo conducting debut in Walt Disney Concert Hall with a program featuring the six Bach motets. It will be the first time the Master Chorale has performed all six motets on one program, and its premiere performances of Komm, Jesu, komm (Come, Jesus, come), BWV 229 and Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf (The Spirit gives aid to our weakness), BWV 226.






Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, BWV 225

Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf, BWV 226

Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 227

Fürchte dich nicht, BWV 228

Komm, Jesu, komm, BWV 229

Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden, BWV 230


Jenny Wong, conductor

48 singers

2 cellos, 2 portative organs





Sunday, December 17, 2017 – 7 pm



Kiki and David Gindler Artistic Director Grant Gershon leads a performance of Handel’s Messiah sung by the Los Angeles Master Chorale. This year marks the 275th Anniversary of the first performance of Messiah in Dublin, Ireland. The following evening, the audience becomes the choir at the 37th Annual Messiah Sing-Along. The soloists for both Messiah concerts are all members of the Master Chorale.






Grant Gershon, conductor

48 singers

Chamber orchestra

Anna Schubert, soprano

Julia Metzler, mezzo-soprano

Timothy Gonzales, tenor

Luc Kleiner, baritone




Monday, December 18, 2017 – 7:30 pm



Grant Gershon leads the audience in singing Handel’s Messiah at this annual festive and fun concert that attracts a full house each year. A limited number of VIP ticket packages are available, giving audience members the chance to perform on stage alongside members of the Los Angeles Master Chorale.






Grant Gershon, conductor

Audience is the chorus

Chamber orchestra

Emma-Grace Dunbar, soprano

Jessie Shulman, mezzo-soprano

Joseph Lopez, tenor

John Buffett, baritone



Walt Disney Concert Hall is located at 111 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles.

Programs and artists are subject to change.




Tickets to all concerts are available now, starting from $29:


Online: lamasterchorale.org

Phone: 213-972-7282


Tickets can be purchased in-person at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Box Office Monday – Saturday, 10 AM – 6 PM.


On concert days, box office staff can be reached at 213-972-7282 beginning at 10 AM and the Disney Hall Box Office will be open for will call and sales beginning 2 hours prior to curtain time. Group rates are available. Los Angeles Master Chorale offers $10 Student Rush Tickets at the box office 2 hours prior to the performance, subject to availability. Student ID required; 1 ticket per ID. Please call for additional details.


Please note: children under the age of six are not admitted to Los Angeles Master Chorale concerts.

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