2019 - 2020


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Tenebrae Choir of London
Nigel Short, Conductor
with the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus - Chamber Choir
Wednesday, November 20, 2019  7:30 PM

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Tenebrae is described as “phenomenal” (The Times) and “devastatingly beautiful” (Gramophone Magazine), award-winning choir Tenebrae, under the direction of Nigel Short, is one of the world’s leading vocal ensembles renowned for its passion and precision. Tenebrae has twice secured the award for Best Choral Performance in the BBC Music Magazine Awards (2012 and 2016), and its recording of Fauré’s Requiem with the London Symphony Orchestra was nominated for the Gramophone Awards (2013). In 2018, Music of the Spheres, Tenebrae’s album of part songs from the British Isles, received a Grammy nomination. Tenebrae is renowned for its highly-acclaimed interpretations of choral music with repertoire ranging from the Renaissance through to contemporary choral masterpieces and has appeared at major festivals and venues including the BBC Proms, Edinburgh International Festival, Leipzig Gewandhaus (Germany) and Melbourne Festival (Australia). The 2018-19 season sees the return of Tenebrae’s popular Holy Week Festival at St John’s Smith Square, London, as well as concerts throughout the UK and abroad.

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Christmas at the Cathedral
    The Choirs and Orchestra of Christ Cathedral
Friday, December 13, 2019  7:30 PM

Christmas at the Cathedral. Dr. John Romeri, Conductor

Christmas at the Cathedral. Dr. John Romeri, Conductor

Celebrate the season with the choirs of Christ Cathedral: The Diocesan Choir, The Diocesan Children’s Choir, and the Christ Cathedral Choirs in English, Vietnamese and Spanish! You will help usher in this Christmas season with splendid carols both new and old.  Christmas at the Cathedral has become an annual tradition. Get your tickets early as last year’s performance was sold out! 

Westminster Choir
    Westminster Choir College, Princeton, New Jersey
Saturday, January 18, 2020  8:00 PM

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Westminster Choir. Dr. Joe Miller Conductor

Westminster Choir. Dr. Joe Miller Conductor

Enjoy one of the finest college choirs anywhere from the world’s most famous choir school, Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. Conductor Dr. Joe Miller leads the choir on their West Coast tour during the school’s 100th Anniversary Year. Celebrate with them as they bring their incredible sound to our astonishing cathedral space.

Notre Dame Cathedral Choir, Paris
    Henri Chalet, Conductor Yves Castagnet, Organist
Friday, April 24, 2020  7:30 PM

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The famed Choir of the Cathedral of Notre Dame, Paris will perform in the new Christ Cathedral under the direction of Henri Chalet with organist Yves Castagnet.  This unforgetible performance will forever link these two great cathedrals of the world.  Founded in 1991 by the City of Paris and the Parisian Diocesan Association, Musique Sacrée at Notre Dame de Paris has the task of teaching music, training singers, organizing musical accompaniment of liturgy, proposing concerts and recitals, and carrying out research into the rich musical inheritance of Notre Dame Cathedral.  It also plays an important role in the creation of new musical works and in their circulation.  The first and central element is the Choir School of Notre Dame (Maîtrise), composed of the Children’s Choir, the Young Ensemble, the Adult Choir and the Gregorian Ensemble.  The choirs perform regularly with organ and on occasion with a Baroque or Symphony orchestra.

Notre Dame Cathedral Choir

Notre Dame Cathedral Choir

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Join us as we journey to build a Center of Music and Culture at Christ Cathedral for our community and for the world! In becoming a sponsor, at any level, you assist in making it possible to bring international and prize winning artists to our community.  Christ Cathedral is a prominent architectural landmark of Orange County, attracting visitors world-wide.  Christ Cathedral Concerts seeks to continue the long tradition of spectacular music in this great space.  Please help us make this a reality with your generous donation. 
COMPOSERS CIRCLE $10,000+: 4 Season Subscriptions to BOTH Series (Choral and Organ), Seating in the Special Patron section, Exclusive Patron Reception, Reserved parking, Name listed in the Program.  
CONDUCTORS CIRCLE $5000+: 4 Season Subscriptions to either Series (Choral or Organ), Seating in the Special Patron section, Exclusive Patron Reception, Reserved parking, Name listed in the Program.  
ARTISTS CIRCLE $2500+: 2 Season Subscriptions to either Series (Choral or Organ), Seating in the Special Patron section, Exclusive Patron Reception, Reserved parking, Name listed in the Program. 
BENEFACTOR $1000+: Two tickets to 5 concerts of your choice from either Series (Choral or Organ), Seating in the Special Front section, Exclusive Patron Reception, Name listed in the Program. 
DONOR $500+: Two tickets to 3 concerts of your choice from either Series (Choral or Organ), Seating in the Special Front section, Exclusive Patron Reception, Name listed in the Program. 
CONTRIBUTOR $250+: One ticket to 3 Concerts of your choice from either Series (Choral or Organ), Seating in the Special Front section, Name listed in the Program. 
SPONSOR $100+: Name listed in the program
ASSOCIATE $50+: Name listed in the Program.

~~~Concluded Concerts this Season~~~

Schola Cantorum of the London Oratory School
Charles Cole, Conductor
Sunday, July 21, 2019  3:00 PM

The boys of the London Oratory Schola directed by Charles Cole sing a concert in two parts, starting with music from the golden age of the Spanish renaissance including works by Francisco Guerrero, Tomás Luis de Victoria, Alonso Lobo, Juan Esquivel and Cristóbal de Morales. The Schola will then perform works from Tudor England including composers such as William Byrd, Peter Philips and Thomas Tallis.

O quam gloriosum, Victoria
Ave Maria, Victoria
Ave Virgo sanctissima, Guerrero
O Domine Jesu Christe, Guerrero
O sacrum convivium, Guerrero
Peccantem me quotidie, Morales
Ego sum panis vivus, Esquivel
O quam suavis, Lobo

Ascendit Deus, Philips
Ave verum corpus, Philips
O nata lux, Tallis
Salvator mundi (I), Tallis
Ave verum corpus, Byrd
Haec dies, Byrd

Pacific Symphony and Pacific Chorale
Beethoven 9th Symphony      Carl St. Clair, Conductor
Thursday, August 1, 2019  7:30 P

Join Conductor Carl St Clair, the Pacific Symphony and the Pacific Chorale in their first performance in the newly renovated Christ Cathedral.  This spectacular performance will include soloists Mary Wilson, soprano, Milena Kitec, mezzo-soprano,  Scott Ramsay, tenor, Kevin Deas, bass-baritone.  Enjoy this performance in the sonic splendor of the amazing new acoustics of this iconic building.  A performance not to be missed!   
Maestro will lead the Symphony will be on the stage; the Pacific Chorale sing from the choir area

Libera Boy Choir of London
Robert Prizeman, Conductor
Tuesday, August 6, 2019  7:30 PM

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Great Opera Arias and Romantic Melodies

César Antonio Sanchez, tenor|
with guest soprano Cristiana Franzetti
Mark Salters, pianist

Friday. September 20, 2019 Freed Theatre, Christ Cathedral Campus

Come enjoy this very special evening of music with this amazing tenor.  Your have enjoyed César at the Christmas at the Cathedral Concerts, and our Choral Spring Spectacular.  Now hear him perform the music for which he has been acclaimed in the US and abroad.  This very evening of the beautiful music of Verdi, Puccini, Lehar, and much more.  It will be held in our Cultural Center's Freed Theatre on the beautiful campus of Christ Cathedral.  A Patron Reception was held prior to the concert in honor of Donald Schnake. Don, who died this past summer, was a dear friend of Christ Cathedral, Christ Cathedral Concerts and the Hazel Write Organ.

Saturday, October 26, 2019
Dr. Mack Wilbert, Guest Conductor

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