An upcoming choir production in Pleasanton is set to celebrate holiday music, performing arts and cultural diversity.
This weekend, the Cantabella Children's Chorus will debut "Winter's Light", a festive show filled with Christmas and cheerful music. Presenting a variety of holiday and winter song favorites, the choir will perform the "Northern Lights", "Deck the Halls" in 7/8ths time and "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year". The show will also feature international carols sung in their native languages.
Those interested in attending can catch the performances this Saturday (Dec. 10) at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Shows take place at the Valley Community Church, 4455 Del Valle Pkwy. in Pleasanton.
This year the Cantabella Children's Chorus is welcoming a new incoming artistic director, Clement Cano.
Cano joined the chorus at the start of the current performing season. He largely comes from a professional music background and has directed other performing arts groups, such as the Vocal Arts at Sacred Prep Atherton.
Cano encouraged residents to attend, saying both he and the chorus believe watching the show will provide positive representation and cultural awareness to kids.
"Bring your children, they will be inspired," he said in a press release.
Cantabella was initially formed in 1992 with the goals of helping "develop music literacy, healthy vocal technique, choral artistry through excellence in music education, exceptional choral productions, and collaborative cultural arts experiences to enrich our diverse community," according to its website. The award-winning choir presents both winter and spring annual productions with elementary and high school aged students.
Since its founding, the group has been able to perform for audiences across the nation. Previous shows performed by the Cantabella Children's Chorus have included the World Choir Games in Cincinnati and the Golden Gate International Choral Festival.
More information about the children's chorus, ticket prices and production details can be found at Cantabella.org. Children under 18 years of age are given free admission.