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November 28, 2017 > Celebrate the light, hope, and resilience of the human spirit

Celebrate the light, hope, and resilience of the human spirit

Submitted By Bruce Bateman

The Mission Peak Chamber Singers (MPCS), under the direction of Ofer dal Lal, will be appearing for the 32nd time in their annual Christmas Celebration at the Old Mission San Jose in Fremont. The theme for this yearÕs program is ÒSilent Night, Glorious DayÓ with performances on Saturday, December 2 and Sunday, December 3.

ÒSilent Night, Glorious DayÓ will lead you through a figurative sunset-to-sunset journey through music composed over five centuries, some using ancient text. Songs invite us to travel from dusk through darkness to dawn, then through glorious day, and finally coming to rest again back at sunset. It encompasses a passage through time evoked by music from a variety of styles, languages, and periods ranging from the 10th century to contemporary time, including one beautiful piece about sunrise in Swahili! Composers traditionally associated with this holiday season such as Bach, Brahms, and Holst are refreshingly contrasted by contemporary artists and arrangers such as Shawn Kirchner and Dolly Parton. And of course, the audience will be invited to sing along! The Old Mission San Jose provides a fitting and magnificent sounding venue for the enjoyment of this stirring musical program.

The 2016-2017 season was a great success for MPCS and the 2017-2018 season promises to be even better. For the Christmas season, in addition to the Christmas at the Mission concert, the choir will also be doing a guest performance with the Valley Dance Theater Nutcracker Ballet at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore at 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 9, and another guest performance with Fremont Symphony Orchestra at the Irvington Presbyterian Church in Fremont on Saturday, December 16 at 7:30 p.m.

Whether you have been part of the Christmas at the Mission concert tradition over the years, or are a new audience member, you are sure to be delighted by this holiday offering. Tickets are $20 general & $15 student/child if purchased in advance, or $25/$15 if purchased at the Door. For more information and to purchase tickets online, please visit

Silent Night, Glorious Day
Saturday & Sunday, Dec 2 & 3
Dec 2: 8 p.m.
Dec 3: 4 p.m.
Old Mission San Jose
43300 Mission Blvd, Fremont
(510) 926-6727
Tickets: $20 adults, $15 student/child in advance; $25/$15 at the door

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