Pacific Chorale Announces its 2023-24 Season

By David Salazar
(Photo Credit Jamie Pham)

California-based Pacific Chorale has announced its 2023-24 season.

“Pacific Chorale has flourished for nearly six decades, filling a vital artistic role in Orange County and beyond. The range and scope of our programming speaks to the tremendous talent of our gifted singers,” Pacific Chorale President and CEO Andrew Brown said in an official press statement. “We are grateful to the dedicated leadership of Pacific Chorale’s Board of Directors, the generosity of our donors and volunteer singers, and our ardent audience members whose tremendous support enables Pacific Chorale’s artistic excellence to shine.”

First up is Voices of Light / “The Passion of Joan of Arc,” an oratorio that accompanies the iconic silent film. Robert Istad conducts a performance that stars Alexandria Burdick, Rebecca Hasquet, Stephanie Shepson, Jane Hyun-Jung Shim, Jason Francisco, and Fernando Muñoz.

Performance Date: Oct. 7, 2023

Robert Istad will conduct “Carols by Candlelight” with guest instrumentalists.  The program features Taylor Scott Davis’ “Solstice,” Bob Chilcott’s “Dona Nobis Pacem,” Herbert Howells’ “A Spotless Rose,” and Benjamin Harlan’s “Angels We Have Heard On High.”

Performance Dates: Dec. 2 & 6, 2023

Robert Istad will conduct “Tis the Season!” The performance will also feature the Southern California Children’s Chorus.

Performance Dates: Dec. 17 & 18, 2023

Robert Istad will lead a performance of “Language of Love,” which will feature Morten Lauridsen’s “Les Chansons des Roses” as well as music by James Taylor, Elton John, Ben Folds, Irving Berlin, Edith Piaf, and Eric Whitacre, among others. An instrumental jazz trio will also perform alongside members of the Pacific Chorale.

Performance Date: Feb. 24, 2024

Robert Istad will conduct “Chichester Psalms.” The program includes music by Sarah Kirkland, Holst, Bernstein, and a world premiere by Frank Ticheli.

Performance Date: June 1, 2024