It’s hard to believe the PMC has only had three seasons—they seem like a much older institution—but three seasons is all, the most recent of which comes to a verdant conclusion this weekend with “The Green Concert,” a program of pieces that pay tribute to the Earth and attend to our experience of the natural world, including two originals by PMC’s artistic director, Jeffrey Bernstein.* Both are settings of poems: one, The Echoing Green, of Blake’s “The Echoing Green,” from Songs of Innocence; the other, The Elm at the Crossroads, of a poem about a tree being chopped down, by Walter Hard of Vermont, where they love their trees dearly, despite how plentiful they are.
Also in the program: Aaron Copland’s In The Beginning, a musical depiction of Genesis for mezzo-soprano and an eight-part a cappella choir; and three pieces by the great Randall Thompson, including Frostiana, a choral setting of seven Robert Frost poems. A lot of poetry in the program, which is nice to see. Should be a delightful season-ending sendoff.
The Green Concert
Saturday, June 4th, 7:30 p.m.
La Crescenta Presbyterian Church
2902 Montrose Ave., La Crescenta-Montrose
Sunday, June 5th, 4 p.m.
Altadena Community Church
943 E. Altadena Dr., Altadena
$20; pasadenamasterchorale.org; 626.208.0009
*That was a long sentence.