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A Note from Eliza
2014 Outstanding Arts Organization!
OCWC Announces Challenge Grant
What's an Eisteddfod, Anyway?

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Eliza Rubenstein, Artistic Director  


When I was four years old or so, I told my parents that I'd like to take violin lessons with the goal of "playing on street corners for money" when I grew up. They didn't take any particular position on my career plans, but they did get me a 1/4-size violin and sign me up for Suzuki lessons, and a lifelong love affair with strings was made official.


That's just one reason I'm so excited about the OCWC's upcoming program, "A Cathedral Christmas." We'll welcome some of the finest string players in Southern California (plus one equally outstanding flutist!), and entertain you with a program of choral and instrumental music to usher in the holiday season with elegance and Úlan.


From the Renaissance comes William Byrd's "From Virgin's Womb" and "Rejoice, Rejoice," a motet that starts serenely but explodes into merriment. From the Baroque, we'll perform the florid "Magnificat" of Niccola Porpora, a contemporary of Vivaldi, as well as instrumental-only selections from Arcangelo Corelli's "Christmas Concerto" and Georg Philip Telemann's famous Suite in A minor. And from the Romantic era, we'll bring you the rarely-heard and utterly delicious Mass in A Major written by Josef Rheinberger for Christmas Eve services in 1881.


Let us ring in your holiday season with the sounds of voices and strings! Don't worry, you don't have to drop any coins into a tin cup to hear it--you can simply purchase tickets online. We'll look forward to seeing you in December!

Saturday, December 6, 2014 * 7:00 p.m.
Newport Harbor Lutheran Church

798 Dover Drive, Newport Beach - map   



Sunday, December 7, 2014 * 3:00 p.m.
St. Wilfrid of York Episcopal Church

18631 Chapel Lane, Huntington Beach - map   



Adults: $25      Seniors (65+):  $20      Students (with ID): $10


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OCWC Named 2014 Outstanding Arts Organization by Arts Orange County

Susan Hori, Arts Orange County Board Member, and Eliza Rubenstein, OCWC Artistic Director
On Wednesday, October 22, Eliza Rubenstein accepted the award for 2014 Outstanding Arts Organization at the15th Annual Arts Awards sponsored by Arts Orange County. We were nominated for this prestigious award by Alan Terricciano, collaborator, composer, and choir-husband of Lisa Roetzel, first soprano. Arts Orange County recognized us for our history of artistic excellence, and emphasized our commitment to adding new works to the treble repertoire, giving a voice to women composers, and presenting creative and adventurous programs. Click here to read more about the awards ceremony and honorees.
OCWC Announces Challenge Grant!

An anonymous donor has pledged $10,000 to the OCWC as a challenge grant for artistic excellence over the next three years: $5,000 for the current season and $2,500 in each of the following two seasons. We invite you to help us meet this challenge by making a donation by December 31! There are a number of ways to do this--choose the way that works best for you:
  • Mail a check payable to the OCWC at 23802 Avenida de la Carlota, Laguna Hills, CA  92653;
  • Make a donation when you attend our December concerts; or
  • Make a donation online with your credit card by clicking on the image below.

The OCWC Board has already begun strategic planning for the next three years, and this challenge grant, matched by your donations, will help us achieve our artistic goals:
  • presenting concerts accompanied by the finest musicians in the area, like the ones you'll hear in December;
  • regularly commissioning new works for the treble repertoire;
  • training young women conductors through our conducting internship program;
  • making recordings of our work available to the public; and several more!
We invite you to join us on this exciting journey toward our 20th anniversary over the next three years!

What's an Eisteddfod, anyway?

Eliza Rubenstein, Artistic Director

 Llangollen, Wales, is a town that's easy to love and hard to pronounce--and that goes for its most famous annual event, too: The International Musical Eisteddfod! If you've read our newsletters and our plans to participate in the Eisteddfod in 2015, you may have wondered what, precisely, all those letters referred to, so here's a quick primer: An "eisteddfod" (lower-case) is a festival of singing and dance, and many of these are held throughout Wales each year, but Llangollen's is the largest and the most famous. The event was introduced in 1947 as an effort to rebuild world harmony through music in the wake of World War II, and has welcomed choruses, soloists, and folk-dance troupes from all around the world every summer since then. Ensembles perform in a variety of competitions, culminating in the crowning of a "Choir of the World," and residents from Llangollen and the picturesque surrounding towns open their homes to visiting singers for the week of the festival. Oh, and about that pronunciation-we're still working on making it sound authentic, but if you go with "eye-STEDD-fud," you'll be pretty close! Come to our December concerts to learn even more about our big plans for the summer and to learn how you can help our singers realize this dream!

The Orange County Women's Chorus
23802 Avenida de la Carlota, Laguna Hills, CA  92653
(949) 451-8590