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Pasadena Master Chorale Presents: IN THE BEGINNING

A Valentine to American choral tradition, plus premieres of two works honoring the commissioners’ fathers. Jeffrey Bernstein

By E.M. Fredric

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Pasadena, CA (The Hollywood Times) 3/4/2019 – Pasadena Master Chorale (PMC) will present what artistic director Jeffrey Bernstein describes as “A Valentine to the American choral tradition” on March 10th at 8 p.m. at St. Philip the Apostle Church – in Pasadena.

St. Philip the Apostle Church (Photo by Michael Aljustrel)

In the Beginning is an a cappella depiction of the creation story from Genesis while Frostiana, a setting of seven of Frost’s poems, depicts the land and people of New England through 19th century eyes. “Both are stunning and affecting pieces, offering a full range of emotion and color.” Bernstein explains.

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Jeffrey Bernstein

Frostiana was composed 60 years ago, to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the town of Amherst, Massachusetts,” adds Bernstein, who grew up in New England. “It overflows with nostalgia and rural charm, perfectly framing Frost’s poetry. At the same time, the music and poetry speak vibrantly and poignantly to us today.”

You Are Home with Me was composed for PMC supporter Gloria De Coste in loving memory of her father, George Beverst, who was himself a composer. The piece has a dual mission, to honor Beverst’s music and to reflect his eternal connection with his daughter. Dinner for Four, commissioned by Alejandro Alcántara in honor of his father, is based on real events. In telling the tale of a dinner party soon to be enlivened by the imagined arrival of two very famous guests, the work recalls the vernacular music of Mexico, Alcántara’s childhood home.

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Joining PMC for In the Beginning is guest artist, pianist Tali Tadmor, who regularly serves as Assistant Conductor to LA Opera’s General Director, Placido Domingo, and Music Director, James Conlon. “This performance is full of love – wrapping Valentine’s Day and Father’s Day into one,” Bernstein concludes. “It is also our valentine, as every PMC concert is, to lovers of choral music. To those who write it, sing it, join us to hear it.”

In the Beginning is offered on a Listen First, Then Give basis. Tickets are available for $0.  At the end of the concert, patrons are asked to make a gift to PMC as they are moved and as they are able.

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March 10th at 8PM

For reservations call 626.208.0009 or visit: pmccopland.eventbrite.com

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For more information: www.pasadenamasterchorale.org

St. Philip the Apostle Church is located at 151 South Hill Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91106

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