SWC celebrating 20th ‘Christmas in the Air’ concert

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The Southwest Women’s Chorus will perform its annual “Christmas in the Air” concert Sunday, Dec. 1, at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater and Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Temecula Community Recreation Center. Courtesy photo

The Southwest Women’s Chorus’ will celebrate 20 years of performing the “Christmas in the Air” concert when the group brings the annual concert to the Old Town Temecula Community Theater Sunday, Dec. 1.

The concert promises holiday carols, seasonal classics and sing-alongs for the whole family to get the holiday season off and running, performed by a group of women who love to sing with the experience of performing quality choral music.

“We try to provide something for everyone, so I hope that everyone not only feels uplifted by the performances but comes away really in love with a few of the songs,” Bill Paisner, director of SWC, said.

Paisner said the concert will begin with a song by Leslie Bricusse and John Williams from the movie “Home Alone 2,” called “Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas.” Following that up will be a little-known “Gloria in Excelsis” by the baroque composer Antonio Lotte, according to Paisner.

“It’s a dance-like little baroque gem and I’m very fond of it,” he said.

In all, the group will perform more than 20 songs during the concert, and Paisner said he had a hard time picking his favorites.

“They are, of course, all my favorites or I wouldn’t program them,” he said. “I could single out especially ‘Sing! For a Boy Has Been Born.’ It’s a song written 20 years ago by a composer who may or may not still be with us and whose publisher for this song is out of business. It’s a joyous statement in multiple rhythms and based on my research it’s possible that we are the only group to ever perform it.

“‘Patapan Fantasia’ is another favorite. While ‘Patapan’ is a well-known carol, this is an out-of-the-ordinary riff on the basic song,” he said.

SWC will be joined for the concert by Temecula Valley Harmonizers, an adult male barbershop group, and the Blush Tones, a girls’ chorus from Great Oak High School in Temecula.

“Both are directed by Sang Park, who is music director at the high school,” Paisner said.

The director said the group hopes that people will come to the concert and “be encouraged to attend future concerts and that some may even audition for future seasons. We hope they will remember us and tell their friends.”

“Christmas in the Air” will be performed at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, at Old Town Temecula Community Theater is at 42051 Main Street in Temecula.

Tickets are $13 for students, $17 for seniors ages 55 and older and military and $20 for general admission adults and can be purchased by calling (866) 653-8696, visiting http://tickets.temeculatheater.org or at the theater box office.

Paisner said the concert Sunday won’t be the only chance to see the group perform this program. They will present the same program at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Temecula Community Recreation Center. Cash-only tickets will be sold at the door for $15 for adults and $5 for children.

That concert will begin with a city of Temecula tots chorus and singers from Broadway Bound, a local theater group.

Jeff Pack can be reached by email at jpack@reedermedia.com.