Louisiana Choral Foundation’s Masterworks Chorale spreads Christmas cheer

By By Cliff Seiber / American Press

The Louisiana Choral Foundation’s Masterworks Chorale will perform two collections — one scriptural, the other secular — in

concerts today in Lake Charles and Sunday, Dec. 16, in Sulphur. The theme of the concerts is “Peace, Hope and Joy.”

The chorale will be joined by Les Petite Voix, the children’s chorus, and the Bayou Bell Choir, each with its own set of music.

Today’s concert will be at 7:30 p.m. in Immaculate Conception Cathedral in downtown Lake Charles. Sunday’s concert will be

at 3 p.m. in Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Sulphur.

The chorale will perform “On Christmas Night,” an eight-carol setting by British composer and conductor Bob Chilcott that

includes related Bible readings.

A chamber instrumental group will also

perform: Simone Santiny, flute; Jo Anna Waite, oboe; Lonny Benoit,

percussion; Annette

Larsen, synthesized harp; and Abbie Fletcher, keyboard. Fletcher

is the chorale’s assistant artistic director and accompanist.

The chorale will then present Reginald Unterseher’s “Christmas Joy!” — a collection of four settings based on carols such

as “Deck the Halls,” “Jingle Bells” and “O Christmas Tree.”

Unterseher is chorus master and artistic adviser for Washington East Opera.

The program will conclude with the traditional singing of “O Holy Night” by Les Petites Voix and Masterworks Chorale.

If you go

• “Peace, Hope and Joy,” a concert by the

Masterworks Chorale, Les Petite Voix and Bayou Bell Choir, will be at

7:30 p.m. Thursday,

Dec. 13, in Immaculate Conception Cathedral, 935 Bilbo St., and 3

p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, in Immaculate Conception Catholic

Church, 2700 Maplewood Drive in Sulphur.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students at the door. Ticket may be purchased in advance by calling 491-9348.