In this season of inescapable nostalgia, putting together a holiday concert with music (almost) entirely written in the last 110 years is an impressive feat. The man behind this restraint is PMC’s founder and artistic director Jeffrey Bernstein, whose seasonal selections for this weekend’s concerts include O Magnum Mysterium by Morten Lauridsen, Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Noam Elkies, A Hymn to the Virgin by Benjamin Britten and excerpts from Gian Carlo Menotti’s one act holiday opera Amahl and the Night Visitors. The one throwback in the program is O Holy Night (with a new arrangement by Bernstein), to be sung by 17-year-old Michael Arceneaux, the winner of the PMC’s first annual vocal competition and a graduate of Muir. Even younger than Arceneaux is Cellist Harry Wilde Greer, an 8th grader at the Waldorf School who will accompany the ensemble on Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols. We’re sure they’ll make beautiful music
Pasadena Master Chorale Presents: “Home for the Holidays”
Saturday, December 11, 7:30 p.m.
First Congregational Church
464 E. Walnut St., Pasadena
Sunday, December 12, 4 p.m.
Altadena Community Church
943 E. Altadena Dr., Altadena
$20; pasadenamasterchorale.org; 626.208.0009