Beauty of holiday season comes to life through music

The majesty of the season will resonate long after the final note when the Sierra Master Chorale and Orchestra presents its annual holiday concerts, Dec. 16 and 17, in Grass Valley. Conductor Ken Hardin has selected a program that captures the beauty of the holidays, as celebrated worldwide. From African to Bohemian carols, from Hanukkah to time-honored Christmas carols, there will be new discoveries and old favorites to savor the season this year.

“If you’re looking for holiday cheer with something for everyone, you’ve found it,” said Julie Hardin, Executive Director and chorister. “We look forward to these concerts each year and many have made it their holiday tradition to attend. Ken’s masterful programming always sets the stage for a magical experience for the audience as well as the members of the Sierra Master Chorale and Orchestra. We also look forward to welcoming new friends and audience members!”

The program includes “Christmas Day” by Gustav Holst, “O Magnum” by Morton Lauridsen, “Shalom” by Elio Bucky, “We Need a Little Christmas” by Jerry Herman, “A Glimpse of Snow and Evergreen” by Vijay Singh, and many more, including well known carols that Ken Hardin invites the audience to join in singing with the chorale. Both concerts will wrap up with “Sing Songs of Joy,” an arrangement of carols, complemented with original music by local composer Jerry Grant, arranged and written specifically for these performances.

This is Grant’s twelfth choral work in his storied six-decade musical career. Grant, who resides in Nevada County, has scored more than 500 television episodes and a half-dozen features. He has conducted film scores along with composing and conducting for jazz orchestras, along with many more accomplishments in the music industry.

The Sierra Master Chorale is a 75-member auditioned choir under the direction of Ken Hardin that features singers from around Nevada County. Since it was established in 2008, the Sierra Master Chorale and Orchestra has developed a reputation for varied, high quality programming that creates exciting musical experiences for both the audience and choristers alike.

The holiday concerts are at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17. Tickets are $35 for adults, $17 for youth ages 5-17 and are available by phone at 530-273-3990, online at (ticketing fees will apply) or in person at BriarPatch Co-op in Grass Valley.

The Sierra Master Chorale and Orchestra performs at the Seventh-day Adventist Church, 12889 Osborne Hill Road in Grass Valley. For more information, please call 530-273-3990.

Content and photo submitted by Brett Bentley