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Valley Concert Chorale Presents Holiday Concerts In December
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The Turlock Community Gospel Choir performs during the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast on May 11. - photo by ANGELINA MARTIN/The Journal

LIVERMORE – The Valley Concert Chorale, celebrating its 56th season as the Tri-Valley’s premier chorus, will perform its annual holiday concerts of the greatest Christmas Choruses and traditional audience sing-along.

The first concert is Saturday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 2020 Fifth St., Livermore.

The second concert is Sunday, Dec. 9, at 3 p.m., at the Trinity Lutheran Church, 1225 Hopyard, at Del Valle Parkway, Pleasanton.

“Our December concerts ‘Christmas Treasures’ feature choruses from some of the greatest works ever composed for choral voices,” said John Emory Bush, VCC Artistic Director. “The concerts will take audiences through a journey of music history from the 15th century featuring Sweelinck’s joyous “Hodie Christus Natus Est” to the most recent work of Eric Whitacre’s ever popular “Lux Aurumque”, a truly melodically inspirational piece.”

The chorus will also perform Handel’s well-known “Hallelujah Chorus” from his choral masterwork “Messiah” and a recent discovery, Biebl’s beautiful “Ave Maria”.

“There is a rich variety of music for all to enjoy and audience members can join in singing familiar carols,” said Bill Leach, VCC President. “These choral gems will engage the listener as they explore our best choral repertoire for Christmas.”

Leach adds, “The audience carol sing-a-long has been a traditional portion of the holiday concerts for over 50 years. It’s obvious that our audience feels the spirit of the season. We can see it in their faces as they sing, and that makes the experience very special for us.”

Tickets for the concerts are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. High school and college students $10 with valid student ID. Children are free. Advance tickets may be ordered by visiting the Chorale’s website at, or by calling the Chorale’s information number at (925) 866-4003 to order tickets.