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Pacific Chorale Presents 'Tis the Season!' Family-Friendly Concert, Dec. 17 & 18

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Pacific Chorale’sFamily-Friendly “Tis the Season!”Decks the Hall with Joyous

Carols and Seasonal Favorites Plus a Visit from Santa 

Sunday, December 17, 2023, 5:00 pm | Monday, December 18, 2023, 7:30 pm

at Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall

Pacific Chorale adds joyous musical luster to the holidays with “Tis the Season!” on Sunday, December 17, 5:00 pm, and Monday, December 18, 2023, 7:30 pm, at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa. The delightful family program – one of Orange County’s beloved Yuletide traditions – features cherished carols and seasonal gems sung to glorious perfection by the Grammy-winning chorus, under the baton of Artistic Director Robert Istad. Joining the choir for the festivities are Southern California Children’s Chorus, led by founder Lori Loftus, members of Pacific Symphony, and The Man in Red, Santa Claus!


The musical chestnuts include Deck the Hall, Silent Night, Sleigh Ride, The Chanukah Song (We Are Lights), and Wishing You a Merry Christmas. Istad also conducts Paul Langford’s timeless arrangement of Feliz Navidad by Jose Feliciano; Go, Tell It on the Mountain arranged by Ryan Murphy; Franz Biebl’s Ave Maria; John Williams’ Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas; Vince Guaraldi’s Christmas Time Is Here arranged by John Alexander; and much more.


“‘Tis the Season!’ balances all things holiday, Christmas, Hanukkah, and classical music with a dash of silliness, and some new joyous tunes from the R&B and funk traditions,” says Istad. “It’s great fun for everyone! And a perfect way to celebrate the holidays.”


Pacific Chorale’s 2023-24 Season is made possible by generous support from Platinum Season Sponsor Phillip N. and Mary A. Lyons.


Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall is located at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. For information and tickets to “Tis the Season!” ($30-$194), visit or call 714-662-2345.


Pacific Chorale Presents Tis the Season!

Robert Istad, conductor

Pacific Chorale

Southern California Children’s Chorus, Lori Loftus, founding director

Members of Pacific Symphony

The Man in Red, Santa!



Sunday, December 17, 2023,  5:00 pm

Monday, December 18, 2023, 7:30 pm



Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall

Segerstrom Center for the Arts

600 Town Center Drive

Costa Mesa, CA 92626



A Carol Fantasy - John Alexander

Sing-Along: Sing the Carols of Christmas - arr. Gary Fry

Gaude et Laetere - Cecilia McDowall

Go, Tell It on the Mountain - arr. Ryan Murphy

Ave Maria - Franz Biebl

Mid-Winter - Bob Chilcott

Do You Hear What I Hear? - Gloria Shain, orch. Riley

Joy! - arr. Gary Fry

Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas - John Williams

Feliz Navidad - Jose Feliciano, arr. Paul Langford

The Christmas Waltz - Jule Styne & Sammy Cahn/ arr. Teena Chinn, Brass arr. Marc Riley

Sleigh Ride - arr. Leroy Anderson/Lawrence Goldberg

Deck the Hall - arr. John Rutter

Rudolf on the Housetop - arr. Kirby Shaw

Christmas Time Is Here - Vince Guaraldi, arr. John Alexander

This Christmas - Donnie Hathaway & Nadine McKinnor, arr. Roger Emerson

The Chanukah Song (We Are Lights) - Steve Young & Stephen Schwartz/arr. Ryan Nowlin

Silent Night - arr. Dan Forrest

Wishing You a Merry Christmas - arr. Gary Fry

TICKETS/INFORMATION: single tickets are $30-$194


Artists, dates, programs and venues subject to change

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