If you can’t place Estonia on a map, that’s okay, neither could we. It is probably because we weren’t one of the lucky members of the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC) who got to tour Scandinavia last summer with the Estonia TV Girls’ Chorus. But lucky for us, unlike the college study abroad students who usually return with a “refined taste for beer and wine,” the LACC will be sharing music from their travels at the Winter Chorus Concert on December 5 and 12. Part of the choir’s 25th anniversary celebration, the program will include holiday favorites from Bach to Britten, as well as contemporary compositions from Ruth Watson Henderson, Nicolas Nicassio and others.
The rare gems are the performances featured in their musical global tour: a Buddhist prayer sung in Japanese, an Italian art song, and a Czech piece based on a Moravian folksong. If you’re seeking American classics (and happen to be an Emily Dickinson fan) the chorus will be singing a song based on the text of Dickinson’s I Shall Keep Singing. There will even be a performance replicating mountain echos and an Estonian piece, Vaid See on Armastus, sung by students who can tell you exactly where the country lies (here’s a map just in case you’re suddenly feeling globally unaware).
Los Angeles Children’s Chorus Winter Concert
December 5 & 12, 7 p.m.
Pasadena Presbyterian Church, 585 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena
Tickets $26, $38, and $44; children 17 and under are half price