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CHRISTMAS IN SEPTEMBER - GRACIAS CHOIR CHRISTMAS CANTATA MUSIC CONCERT
Posted: Sep 13, 2009 2:16 PM
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NEWS RELEASE: CHRISTMAS IN SEPTEMBER


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
GRACIAS CHOIR MUSIC CONCERT – CHRISTMAS CANTATA

Contact: David Pennoyer, IYF West Coast Director, 323-627-3040
christmascantata@hotmail.com

LOS ANGELES, CA – Traveling all the way from Russia and Korea, the Gracias Choir, made up of 70 members including an orchestra, will be bringing their world renowned Christmas Cantata Music Concert to Los Angeles on Wednesday September 23, at the Orpheum Theatre, 842 S. Broadway, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

Most people think that Christmas only happens in December, but the spirit of Christmas can be experienced during any month. The Gracias Choir sings of thankfulness from their hearts about the love they’ve received through Christ. Through their songs of praise, many listeners experience this same thankfulness in their hearts. This is the true celebration of Christmas.

“True music happens when the heart is liberated, and only then can its true value be fathomed,” Eun Sook Park, Principal Director of the Gracias School of Music.


MUSICAL DIRECTORS


Boris Abalyan, Conductor

Graduate of the Glinka Choral College and St. Petersburg Conservatory

Awarded Special Conducting Prize at the Choral Competition in Marktoberdorf, Germany

Founded the LEGE ARTIS Chamber Choir

Professor of Choral Conducting at St. Petersburg Conservatory

Chief Conductor of Gracias Choir


Izabella Yurievna Krasnova, First Pianist

Presented the Concertmaster diploma from the Whole Russian Concourse

Presented the Concertmaster diploma at the Geneva Universal Concourse

Presented the Concertmaster diploma at the Poland Universal Concourse

Professor of Piano at St. Petersburg Conservatory


Program
Joy to the World
O Holy Night
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
Deck the Halls
Jingle Bells
White Christmas
Messiah
And He Shall Purify the Sons of Levi
For Unto Us a Child is Born
Hallelujah

The Gracias Choir’s mission is to change the hearts of people through music. “Gracias” in Spanish means "thank you" and this is the heart the choir wants to share with the world. Founded in 2000, the Gracias Choir is comprised of over 70 individuals including a full orchestra. They have traveled around the world sharing their hearts and fulfilling their mission of thankfulness. The Gracias Choir Christmas Cantata has been frequently performed and widely acclaimed by audiences globally in places like Japan, Thailand, Peru, Australia, Hawaii, Kenya, Ghana, and more. Most recently, the Christmas Cantata was held at the famous Sydney Opera House in Australia and at the Kenyatta International Conference Center in Kenya, East Africa.

In August 2009, the Gracias Choir brought their praises and changed the hearts of thousands of youths in 5 African countries - Ghana, Togo, Kenya, Tanzania, and Rwanda. The Gracias Choir also performed at the World Peace Festival following the 2007-2008 Kenyan political crisis when ethnic rioting erupted. Their music was instrumental in healing the hearts of those suffering from strife and violence, and changed their deep despair into joy.

Notable Performances

Aug 2001 Ghana National Theatre (Accra, Ghana), Nairobi City Hall (Nairobi, Kenya)

Apr 2002 Civic Central Auditorium (Lima, Peru)

Apr 2002 Rivadavia Grand Central Theatre (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

Aug 2003 Santa Monica Auditorium (Mexico City, Mexico)

May 2004 Kaiyo Hotel (Tokyo, Japan)

Aug 2005 Ludwigshafen College (Ludwigshafen, Germany)

Jan 2006 Christmas Cantata, Honolulu Convention Center (Honolulu, Hawaii)

Sep 2007 World Bible Crusade, Madison Square Garden (New York, New York)

Jan 2008 Christmas Cantata, Sydney Opera House (Sydney, Australia)

Aug 2009 African Christmas Cantata (Ghana, Kenya, Togo, Tanzania & Rwanda)
** September 23rd, 2009 Christmas Cantata, Orpheum Theatre, Los Angeles, CA **

Future Performances
The Gracias Choir will be coming back to Los Angeles in July 2010 as the featured performers at the 2010 IYF (International Youth Fellowship) World Camp.


For more information:
David Pennoyer, IYF West Coast Director
323-627-3040
christmascantata@hotmail.com