La Sierra University to stage 70th annual Christmas concert
By Gail Wesson
Choral and instrumental ensembles and soloists will perform Dec. 1 and 2 in the 70th annual candlelight concert at La Sierra University Church.
The program of classic and contemporary Christmas works will include Adolphe Adams’ “Cantique de Noel,” Ralph Vaughn Williams’ “Fantasia on Christmas Carols” and Gustav Holst’s “Christmas Day.”
An audience sing-along of the “Hallelujah Chorus” from the “Messiah” will feature guest conductor April Summitt, dean of La Sierra’s College of Arts and Sciences, on Dec. 1, and Riverside Ward 6 Councilman Jim Perry on Dec. 2.
The free concert is at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1 and 4 p.m. Dec. 2 at the church, 4937 Sierra Vista Ave., Riverside. Information: 951-785-2036.
The first candlelight concert was held a few months after the campus church opened in 1947.