Pacific Chorale: Tis the Season! Virtual Concert & Gala

Pacific Chorale will bring its perennially popular Tis the Season! holiday concert to online audiences for the first time. Artistic Director Robert Istad has assembled a program of cabaret-style offerings featuring individual singers from the Chorale intermixed with virtual choir selections. The program will also include guest performances by the Southern California Children’s Chorus and the students of Pacific Chorale’s new Academy @Home online music education program. The virtual program is being produced by Greg Christy of Brite Ideas of Rancho Santa Margarita, who has produced stunning live and virtual events for clients such as Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Paramount Pictures, Warner Brothers, Audi, and BMW. Pacific Chorale’s virtual choir selections are being prepared by Washington D.C. based Arts Laureate.

Pacific Chorale’s Artistic Director, Robert Istad, shares, “The holiday season is inextricably linked with memories of wonderful times with my family and friends. As I assembled the program, I hoped to inspire you to recall the moment you discovered the beauty of Ella Fitzgerald’s and Bing Crosby’s recordings, singing by candlelight with your family on Christmas Eve, and unbridled laughter around a shared table. Most importantly, Pacific Chorale and I hope you’ll feel the love and warmth of those moments in your hearts.”

Among the highlights of the evening will be the premiere of a new arrangement of the carol “We Wish You a Merry (Virtual) Christmas,” commissioned from Emmy Award-winning composer Gary Fry, the principal pops arranger for ensembles such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Dallas Symphony. The program will also feature an intimate duet arrangement of the traditional “In the Bleak Midwinter” as recorded by Renée Fleming and arranged by Rob Moose, a member of Bon Iver and musician and arranger that frequently collaborates with artists such as John Legend, Ben Folds, LeAnn Rimes and Josh Groban.

While the online concert will be free for all to view, the program will be accompanied by a virtual gala fundraiser for the 52-year old Orange County organization, including an online auction. Viewers will be able to watch and donate on silent auction items such as trips to Hawaii, Mexico, and Paso Robles, jewelry, and unique gift baskets prepared by members of the Chorale. Donations and auction bidding to support Pacific Chorale’s ongoing artistic and education programs will be accepted via text and an online portal during the broadcast. Gala sponsorships are available ranging from $250 to $15,000. Sponsors will enjoy prime recognition and benefits including access to bonus material and specially curated and home-delivered VIP “Cozy Kit” gift boxes to enjoy while watching from home. All Gala donations received during the broadcast will be matched up to $30,000, thanks to a generous grant from Platinum Corporate Sponsor Salt-Away Products.


Happy Holiday (Soloists)
Winter Wonderland (Denean Dyson)
It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (Matthew Kellaway)
What Child Is This? (Pacific Chorale)
O Tannenbaum (Southern California Children’s Chorus)
O Holy Night (Nicholas Preston)
In the Bleak Midwinter (Katie Martini & Nicholas Preston)
This Little Light of Mine (Students of Pacific Chorale Academy @Home)
Silent Night (Pacific Chorale)
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (Katie Martini)
We Wish You a Merry (Virtual) Christmas (Pacific Chorale; world premiere arrangement by Gary Fry)


Tickets: Free to view.
Gala sponsorships and VIP boxes starting at $250.

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Pacific Chorale gratefully acknowledges its generous lead sponsors:


Presenting Sponsor:
Phillip N. and Mary A. Lyons


Platinum Sponsors:
Charles and Ling Zhang
Thomas A. and Bonnie Pridonoff
Lenora Meister & Salt-Away Products, Inc.


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