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Winter Festival Concert Helps Kickoff Holiday Season

LONG BEACH, Calif. (December 1, 2015) – More than 200 singers from California State University, Long Beach’s (CSULB) Bob Cole Conservatory will help ring in the holidays with favorite carols, songs and classical works at the Winter Festival Concert to be held in the historic First Congregational Church of Long Beach on Saturday, Dec. 5, at 4 and 8 p.m. and on Sunday, Dec. 6, at 4 p.m. Admission is $25, $15 and $10.

“The Winter Festival weaves together a variety of music ranging from pieces composed during the Renaissance-era to current hits with performances from 20 singers to as many as 200 into one exciting two-hour concert,” said the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music’s Director of Choral Studies Jonathan Talberg.

The traditional concert, now in its fifth decade, also offers the accompaniment of the First Congregational Church’s Möller organ, handbells, vocal jazz and the combined voices of all seven CSULB choirs, each group associated with the Cole Conservatory.

The concert features multicultural and non-religious holiday music and Christmas and Hanukkah music as well–all relating to letting in the light during the darkest time of the year. There are also opportunities during the Winter Festival for audience participation including ‘Oh, Come All Ye Faithful’ which is performed as a singalong. There is also a great deal of interaction between the performers and the audience.

One of the concert’s enduring appeals is its setting in the First Congregational Church of Long Beach. At a little more than 100 years old, it is on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Winter Festival represents an ongoing partnership between the First Congregational Church of Long Beach and CSULB which has lasted more than 35 years.

“I think there are very few opportunities in modern life to be completely engrossed in a live performance with hundreds of human beings entertaining you,” added Talberg. “This is one of those opportunities. The performers have spent an aggregate of hundreds of hours of their lives to give audiences a two-hour experience that is joyful and uplifting and, hopefully, life-changing. I think this concert is one of the things that can do that.”

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