Holiday concerts set for Saturday and Sunday


Enjoy the musical talent of the Eastside and ring in the holiday season this weekend with a community concert that features local musicians of all ages performing in the Eastern Sierra Chamber Orchestra.

The concerts, Saturday at St. Joseph’s Church in Mammoth, and Sunday at the Bishop Neighborhood Church, begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and $7 for students.

The Felici Trio’s Brian Schuldt directs the chamber orchestra, and Stephanie Everson directs the choir.

Playing are the Honors Strings (the Felici Trio’s Rebecca Hang, instructor) and guest soprano, Elissa Johnston.

Johnston, from Los Angeles, has appeared in a wide range of repertory. Her orchestral engagements have included appearances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Esa-Pekka Salonen, the Atlanta Symphony, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Santa Rosa Symphony, and the San Francisco Contemporary Players.

She made her Lincoln Center debut in 1999 singing Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzes with the New York City Ballet and returned to Lincoln Center in May of 2001, premiering “Morgen!,” a set of 10 orchestral songs by Richard Strauss choreographed by Peter Martins.

This holiday concert on Saturday, Dec. 8, at St. Joseph’s include all-time favorites by George Frederick Handel  (the “Hallelujah” Chorus), Leroy Anderson, Adolphe Adam, Antonio Vivaldi, J.S. Bach, and a great variety of traditional Hanukah and Christmas music from around the world.