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Come in to the Cold on December 4th & 5th
2010-11 Season Tickets On Sale Now
Vanessa Lopez is Named 2010-11 Conducting Intern

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Let me confess right up front: I hate winter. I spent my first seventeen winters in St. Louis (cold, wet) and the next four in northern Ohio (colder, wetter); it was on a January day when the mercury hit -25F that I finally said "Enough!" and began making plans to escape to southern California. Nostalgia has a way of warming up the fingers and toes, of course, and once I was safely removed from the world of frostbite and cracked windshields, I was at last able to appreciate the aesthetic and emotional beauty of the season.

One of the first December concerts I ever performed with the OCWC was called "Shades of Winter," a program that included two works that have become part of OCWC lore: Vincent Persichetti's Winter Cantata and R. Murray Schafer's "Snowforms." Each is hauntingly lovely in its own way ("Snowforms," drawn with a network of white curves on blue paper, is gorgeous visually as well as aurally!), and each has been recalled and requested over and over by singers and audience members through the years. We're finally giving them what they want, and adding a handful of new works that are sure to become favorites as well. Besides Persichetti's settings of translated Japanese haiku and and Schafer's setting of an array of Inuit words for "snow," we'll introduce you to Estonian composer Veljo Tormis's stunning musical realization of the Aurora Borealis, Cecile Chaminade's sweet "Noel des marins" ("The Sailors' Christmas"), Henry Mollicone's hilarious "National Weather Forecast" to remind us of why we live where we do, and much more.


I'm particularly pleased to welcome two of my favorite instrumentalists to join us for this concert. Flutist Timothy Hagen and marimbist Paul Sternhagen will perform with us on the Winter Cantata, and will entertain us with some of their soloistic talents as well. We're excited to bring you all the best of winter on December 4 and 5---without any of the inconvenience! 

Be sure to join us for a silent auction before and a reception immediately following each performance.

Saturday, December 4, 2010 7:00 p.m.
Newport Harbor Lutheran Church,
798 Dover Drive, Newport Beach - map


Sunday, December 5, 2010 3:00 p.m.
St. Wilfrid of York Episcopal Church,
18631 Chapel Lane, Huntington Beach - map 



Adults: $20; Students and seniors (65+): $15

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 The March concert features Mozart's beautiful and stirring Requiem. The OCWC will be joined by a guest corps of male voices and a full chamber orchestra. And May's Eat, Pray, Love concert, featuring sacred classics, comic novelties and OCWC's newest commission, is about the things that sustain us.

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Vanessa Lopez

Vanessa Lopez is Named

2010-11 Conducting Intern


Every year since 2002, the OCWC has offered a rising young female musician who is entering the field of choral conducting the valuable opportunity to gain on-the-ground experience in her craft. Vanessa Lopez has been selected as the OCWC's 2010-11 Conducting Intern. A 2010 graduate of Chapman University's Conservatory of Music, she holds a bachelor of music degree in music education with an emphasis in vocal studies and has had the opportunity to tour the world sharing the gift of choral music. She's a first generation Nicaraguan-American with a deep affection for multi-cultural music. We look forward to seeing Vanessa in action with the OCWC this year!

To read more about the Conducting Internship Program and a recent interview with Vanessa Lopez, click on the links!

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