The Pasadena Master Chorale (PMC) is opening its 5th season with “A Portrait of Benjamin Britten” on October 12th with “listen first, then pay” pricing.
Tickets may be purchased for $0 online or through PMC members. Excuse me? you ask. Let us clarify.
Ticketholders are invited to attend the concert at Altadena Community Church to hear a program including: The Salley Gardens (performed by the PMC choristers), Jubilate Deo, three choral dances from Gloriana, Hymn to St. Cecilia, and Rejoice in the Lamb. James Walker will be playing on the newly rebuilt organ with Jeffrey Bernstein conducting.
According to London Connection, Gloriana (Britten’s sixth opera) was commissioned by Covent Garden to celebrate the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in June 1953. “Benjamin Britten’s play did not please the Queen,” the site states. “The criticism was mainly aimed at the opera’s scenario, which tended to highlight the Queen’s (Elizabeth I) frailties, her personal relationship with the Earl of Essex, and the intrigues and jealousy at Court.”
PMC states, “For the first time, PMC offers with this concert the chance to attend with no up-front cost, and after hearing the music to pay PMC an amount that is comfortable and reflects the value of the concert.”
So, visit the ATM, fill your wallet with twenties, listen and enjoy, then give from your heart.
Pasadena Master Chorale: A Portrait of Benjamin Britten
Saturday, Oct. 12th, 7:30 p.m.
Altadena Community Church, 943 E. Altadena Dr., Altadena 91001
Tickets: $0; purchase at eventbrite.com