Pacific Chorale Announces Details Of Its 45th Concert Season In 2012–2013

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Orange County, CA organization to present concerts in Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Huntington Beach and Fullerton, with guest artists including Pacific Symphony, bass-baritone Eric Owens, soprano Janai Brugger, the Southern California Children's Chorus, and Irish dance ensemble A Gaelic Gathering.

Artistic Director John Alexander, Pacific Chorale and Pacific Symphony

Pacific Chorale’s Artistic Director John Alexander and President and CEO Kelly Ruggirello today announced details on the Chorale’s upcoming 2012-2013 concert season, the forty-fifth for the Orange County institution. Pacific Chorale will present three concerts in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall and one in Samueli Theater at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Other season venues include St. Wilfrid of York Episcopal Church in Huntington Beach, Newport Harbor Lutheran Church in Newport Beach, and Meng Concert Hall at California State University, Fullerton.

The singers of the Chorale will also appear as guest artists in three concerts presented by Pacific Symphony, including Handel’s “Messiah” with John Alexander conducting, Mozart’s Requiem, and Puccini’s “Tosca,” the second semi-staged opera presentation in the “Symphonic Voices” initiative. Pacific Chorale’s annual Choral Festival will return in August 2012, bringing together choral singers from the Southern California community and beyond in a free public performance of choral masterworks.

Pacific Chorale gratefully acknowledges 2012–2013 Season Sponsors Phillip N. and Mary A. Lyons.

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On Sunday, August 12, 2012, at 5:00 p.m., members of Orange County’s choral community will join Artistic Director John Alexander and members of Pacific Chorale in a performance in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Organist Jung-A Lee returns, having performed the Duruflé Requiem at last year’s Festival, to accompany the assembled singers as well as playing several solo works on the William J. Gillespie Concert Organ. The performance will be free and open to the public.

Choruses from Symphony No. 2, Op. 52, “Lobgesang” / Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Toccata and Fugue in D minor * / Johann Sebastian Bach
A City Called Heaven / American Spiritual, arr. Josephine Poelinitz
My Soul’s Been Anchored in the Lord / American Spiritual, arr. Moses Hogan
Beautiful Savior * / Silesian Folk Melody, arr. Flor Peeters
Love Divine / John Alexander
Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing / Traditional Hymn, arr. James Mulholland
Finale from Symphony No. 1 * / Louis Vierne

  • Organ solo by Jung-A Lee

Registration for the Festival Chorus is available online at, or by calling Katherine Yang at (714) 662-2345.

Pacific Chorale’s Choral Festival is presented by the Shanbrom Family Foundation in association with Segerstrom Center for the Arts.


Sunday, October 28, 2012 at 5:30 p.m.
Concert preview at 4:30 p.m.
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall

Pacific Chorale • Pacific Symphony
Eric Owens, bass-baritone
Janai Brugger, soprano
I-Chin Feinblatt, mezzo-soprano
Nicholas Preston, tenor
Lori Loftus, organist
John Alexander, conducting

Elijah, Op. 70 / Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy

Bass-baritone Eric Owens, who garnered glowing reviews for his portrayal of Alberich in the Metropolitan Opera’s recent production of Richard Wagner’s “Der Ring des Nibelungen,” assumes the title role of the prophet Elijah in Felix Mendelssohn’s oratorio. Pacific Symphony joins Pacific Chorale for this presentation of one of the most dramatic and enduring oratorios of the nineteenth century. Based on the stories told in the biblical books of I and II Kings, “Elijah” relates the prophet’s heroic struggle against the corrupt King Ahab and wicked Queen Jezebel for the soul of a nation. The performance will also feature soprano Janai Brugger, a member of Los Angeles Opera’s Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program and a recent winner of both the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and the 2012 Operalia competition in March and June of this year, respectively.

Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 8 p.m.
St. Wilfrid of York Episcopal Church, Huntington Beach

Sunday, December 2, 2012 at 4 p.m.
Newport Harbor Lutheran Church, Newport Beach

Pacific Chorale’s John Alexander Singers
Mindy Ball, harp
Jessica Pearlman, oboe
John Alexander, conducting

Alleluia, Dies sanctificatus / Gregorian Chant
A Christmas Diptych / Joseph Gregorio
Wonder Tidings / Stephen Paulus
Mirabile mysterium / Jacob Handl
This Endris Night / Stephen Paulus
Long, Long Ago / Herbert Howells
O admirabile commercium / Josquin Des Prez
A Savior from on High / Stephen Paulus
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing / Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, arr. Carol Barnett
Angelus ad Virginem / Carol Barnett
The Holly and the Ivy / Stephen Paulus
The Heart-in-Waiting / Bob Chilcott
Catalonian Carol / arr. Dale Warland
Wither's Rocking Hymn / Ralph Vaughan Williams
Il est né, le divin enfant / Traditional French Carol, arr. Donna Gartman Schultz
O Little Town of Bethlehem / Lewis H. Redner, arr. Stephen Paulus
Patapan / Traditional French Carol, arr. Kirke Mechem
Fum, Fum, Fum! / Traditional Catalan Carol, arr. Kirke Mechem
There Was a Pig Went Out to Dig / Traditional English Carol, arr. Percy Grainger
Jingle Bells / James Lord Pierpont
We Wish You a Merry Christmas / Traditional English Carol, arr. Paul Johnson

Over the past three years, Pacific Chorale’s professional chamber choir has established a new choral music tradition for the holiday season in Orange County. “Christmas with the John Alexander Singers” presents traditional carols, both familiar and obscure, in fresh and innovative arrangements by many of today’s leading composers. This year the John Alexander Singers are joined for their concert by guest artists Mindy Ball and Jessica Pearlman, respectively the principal harpist and oboist of Pacific Symphony.

Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 8 p.m.
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall

Pacific Chorale • Southern California Children’s Concert Chorus • Pacific Symphony
Lori Loftus, organ
John Alexander, conducting

Pacific Chorale’s holiday choral favorite enlivens the season with carols, classics and cheer. Guest artists Pacific Symphony and the Southern California Children’s Concert Chorus join the singers of the Chorale for this beloved Orange County seasonal tradition, including sing-along selections of Christmas favorites. The Sunday performance is followed by Pacific Chorale’s annual gala dinner, “A Dickens Feast,” held at the Center Club.

Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, March 17, 2013 at 5:30 p.m.
Samueli Theater

John Alexander Singers
A Gaelic Gathering; Máire Clerkin, Artistic Director
The Irish Pleasures Band
John Alexander, conducting

Irish Tune from County Derry (“Danny Boy”) / arr. Percy Grainger
She Moved Through the Fair / arr. David Mooney
‘S í do Mhaimeo í / arr. David Mooney
Famine Lament / arr. David Mooney
The Girl I Left Behind Me / arr. John Rutter
Rakes of Mallow / arr. David Mooney
The Salley Gardens / arr. Benjamin Britten
Ardaigh Cuain / arr. David Mooney
When a Man’s in Love / Traditional Irish Folk Song
Dúlamán / Michael McGlynn
Wearin' of the Green / arr. Alice Parker
Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ye / arr. Alice Parker
I Know Where I’m Going / arr. John Rutter
What Shall We Do With the Drunken Sailor / arr. Alice Parker and Robert Shaw
Molly na gCuach Ní Chuilleanáin / arr. David Mooney
When Irish Eyes are Smiling / Ernest Ball
The Last Rose of Summer / John Stevenson, arr. Michael McGlynn
Tell My Ma / arr. Jon Washburn

Plus music and dance selections by The Irish Pleasures Band and A Gaelic Gathering

Irish folk song and dance encapsulates the spirit of the St. Patrick’s Day weekend, performed by the John Alexander Singers in collaboration with a band of Celtic instruments and the dancers of A Gaelic Gathering.

Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 4 p.m.
Meng Concert Hall, California State University, Fullerton

John Alexander Singers • Pacific Chorale
Lori Loftus, organist
David Clemensen, piano
John Alexander, conducting

Hymn to St. Cecilia, Op. 27
Missa Brevis in D, Op. 63
The Ballad of Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard
Five Flower Songs, Op. 47
Festival Te Deum, Op. 32
Chorale After an Old French Carol
Rejoice in the Lamb, Op. 30

The John Alexander Singers and Pacific Chorale pay tribute to the diverse choral output of iconic twentieth century English composer Benjamin Britten for his centennial year.

Saturday, June 1, 2013 at 8 p.m.
Concert preview at 7 p.m.
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall

Pacific Chorale • Pacific Symphony
John Alexander, conducting

Serenade to Music / Ralph Vaughan Williams
Earth Song / Frank Ticheli
Streams in the Desert     / Howard Hanson
Afton Water / Scottish Folk Song, arr. John Rutter
The Water Is Wide / American Folk Song, arr. Stephen Paulus
Scotch Strathspey and Reel / arr. Percy Grainger
The Shore (World Premiere) / Frank Ticheli            

Southern California composer Frank Ticheli has enjoyed a warm and fruitful relationship with both Pacific Chorale and Pacific Symphony, acting as the Symphony’s Composer-in-Residence and fulfilling several a cappella commissions for the Chorale. “The Moon, the Sea and the Stars” marks the premiere of Ticheli’s first work to feature both organizations, “The Shore,” a symphonic song-cycle on texts by poet David St. John. Artistic Director John Alexander has programmed other works inspired by rivers, seas, and the night skies to complement the new work, including Ralph Vaughan Williams’ glowing “Serenade to Music” on text from William Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice.”

    Subscriptions for Pacific Chorale’s 2012-2013 season are currently available through the Chorale’s ticket office, (714) 662-2345 and online at the Chorale’s website, The ticket office is open 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday–Friday. Until single tickets go on sale to the general public on August 13, tickets are available as subscription packages only. Subscriptions are offered in four packages: the three-concert Center Series at Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, the three-concert John Alexander Singers Series, the four-concert Grand Chorale Series, and the six-concert Connoisseur Series. Patrons can also contact the Pacific Chorale office directly to create their own custom three-, four- or five-concert Flex Series package.

$140    Promenade Circle Sides/Grand Tier
$155    Orchestra Rows AA-CC
$190    Orchestra Rows A-C/Promenade Circle
$220    Orchestra Terrace Sides
$255    Dress Circle Sides
$280    Orchestra Rows D-F/Dress Circle Center
$310    Orchestra Rows G-R/Orchestra Terrace Center
$535    Box Circle

$65    Promenade Circle Sides/Grand Tier
$80    Orchestra Rows AA-CC
$115    Orchestra Rows A-C/Promenade Circle
$145    Orchestra Terrace Sides
$180    Dress Circle Sides
$205    Orchestra Rows D-F/Dress Circle Center
$235    Orchestra Rows G-R/Orchestra Terrace Center
$415    Box Circle

$45    Promenade Circle Sides/Grand Tier
$60    Orchestra Rows AA-CC
$95    Orchestra Rows A-C/Promenade Circle
$125    Orchestra Terrace Sides
$160    Dress Circle Sides
$185    Orchestra Rows D-F/Dress Circle Center
$215    Orchestra Rows G-R/Orchestra Terrace Center
$370    Box Circle

$98    General Seating
$174    Premium Seating

For more information, patrons can call Pacific Chorale at (714) 662-2345 or visit
All programs, dates and artists are subject to change. For further press information, please contact Ryan McSweeney at (714) 662-2345 or email

During the 2012-2013 season, Pacific Chorale’s scheduled guest engagements include three appearances with Pacific Symphony.

Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 3 p.m.
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall

Pacific Symphony • Pacific Chorale
John Alexander, conducting

Thursday, January 31 – Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 8 p.m.
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall

Pacific Symphony • Pacific Chorale
Carl St.Clair, conducting

Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 8 p.m.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 8 p.m.
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall

Pacific Symphony • Pacific Chorale
Eric Einhorn, stage director
Carl St.Clair, conducting

For further information, contact Pacific Symphony: or (714) 755-5799.

Founded in 1968, Pacific Chorale is internationally recognized for exceptional artistic expression, stimulating American-focused programming, and influential education programs. Pacific Chorale presents a significant performance season of its own at Segerstrom Center for the Arts and is sought regularly to perform with the nation’s leading symphonies. Under the inspired guidance of Artistic Director John Alexander, Pacific Chorale has infused an Old World art form with California’s hallmark innovation and cultural independence.

Pacific Chorale has a membership of 140 professional and volunteer singers. Ensembles of various sizes are selected from the membership according to the needs of the repertoire. In addition to its long-standing partnership with Pacific Symphony, the Chorale has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Disney Hall on numerous occasions. Other noted collaborations include the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Boston Symphony, the National Symphony, and the Long Beach, Pasadena, Riverside and San Diego symphonies. John Alexander and the Chorale have toured extensively in Europe, South America and Asia.

Artistic Director of Pacific Chorale since 1972, John Alexander is one of America’s most respected choral conductors. His inspired leadership both on the podium and as an advocate for the advancement of the choral art has garnered national and international admiration and acclaim. In his long and distinguished career Alexander has conducted hundreds of choral and orchestral performances in 27 countries around the globe. Noted as a specialist in conducting the choral/orchestral masterworks, he is also a strong proponent of American music, programming groundbreaking works by California composers and bringing numerous West Coast and world premieres to Southern California performance halls. Choruses prepared by John Alexander have performed under many of the most renowned conductors on the world stage, including Esa-Pekka Salonen, Seiji Ozawa, Leonard Slatkin, Zubin Mehta, Pierre Boulez, Lukas Foss, Keith Lockhart, John Mauceri, Michael Tilson Thomas, Gustavo Dudamel, Carl St.Clair, Bramwell Tovey, Marin Alsop, John Williams, JoAnn Falletta, Sir Andrew Davis, Nicholas McGegan, Ivor Bolton, Ludig Wicki, Gerard Schwarz and Max Rudolf.

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