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an American oratorio for the winter solstice by Shawn Kirchner

The Light of Hope Returning weaves a midwinter narrative of readings and music of the season, some familiar and some newly composed, all enticingly reimagined by composer Shawn Kirchner.

The Chorale will be accompanied by a small band of instruments including piano, strings, flute, saxophone and dulcimer, and will be joined in song by the newly formed High Notes, a treble choir of two dozen students from Pasadena area middle schools.

While tickets are offered at no cost, donations are strongly encouraged and a ticket reservation is required to attend the concert.

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Based in Los Angeles, Shawn Kirchner is a composer / arranger / songwriter, singer, and pianist whose choral works are performed throughout the world. A member of the Los Angeles Master Chorale (LAMC) since 2001, Kirchner has enjoyed an enduring creative relationship with music director Grant Gershon, culminating in his tenure as the LAMC’s Swan Family Composer-in-Residence from 2012-2015. Kirchner has also collaborated with such leading ensembles as Conspirare, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Lorelei Ensemble, San Diego Master Chorale, Los Robles Master Chorale, Coro Allegro, Atlanta Master Chorale, Tonality, and now the Pasadena Chorale.

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