Sierra Master Chorale holiday concerts

Get enveloped in the magic of the season as the Sierra Master Chorale and Orchestra perform two holiday concerts, Dec. 19 and 20 in Grass Valley.

The 70-member auditioned choir and 26-member orchestra are conducted by InConcert Sierra Artistic Director Ken Hardin. This December, Hardin has created a program that will weave “Stories of the Season” to capture the joy of the holidays.

From holiday classics such as “For Unto Us a Child is Born” by George F. Handel, “The Little Drummer Boy” arranged by Mark Hayes, “Joy to the World,” to more contemporary works, such as “Bethlehem Rejoices,” by local composer Mark Vance and “The Very Best Time of the Year” by John Rutter. In keeping with tradition at these concerts, Hardin and the Sierra Master Chorale will encourage the audience to join along for a few favorite songs. The program also includes works by Bach, Vaughn Williams and Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Overture” — which will be performed by the orchestra.

Tickets to both performances are $32 for general admission, $16 for youth and are available by phone at 530-273-3990, online at www.inconcertsierra.org or in person at BriarPatch Co-op. The Saturday, Dec. 19 concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 20 concert is at 2 p.m. The Sierra Master Chorale will perform at the Seventh-day Adventist Church, 12889 Osborne Hill Road, in Grass Valley.

Many have made the Sierra Master Chorale concerts part of their holiday tradition each December. Come experience the warmth and emotion of “The Very Best Time of the Year” with the Sierra Master Chorale.

(Source: InConcert Sierra)