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Winter Festival Concert This Weekend

Published November 27, 2017

More than 200 singers from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach ring in the holidays with favorite carols, songs, and classical works at the Winter Festival Concert. The university is celebrating 38 years of performances in the historic sanctuary of the First Congregational Church of Long Beach on Saturday, December 2 at 4&8pm and on Sunday, December 3 at 4pm.

The Winter Festival Concert weaves together a variety of music ranging from pieces composed during the Renaissance-era to current hits with performances from multiple choirs, the Southern California Brass Consortium, and the always-popular Pacific handbells.  Accompanying the choirs and showcased on its own is the majesty of the great Möller organ housed in the church’s exceptional hall.

The concert features multicultural and non-religious holiday music, as well as Christmas and Hanukkah music. This year’s performances welcome a new professional brass ensemble to the Winter Festival stage. “This year’s Winter Festival Concert will feature the Southern California Brass Consortium, one of the finest brass ensembles in the western United States,” explained concert producer and CSULB faculty member Josh Palkki. “Over the summer, we met with the leader of the Brass Consortium to choose a varied program of choral music featuring brass. We are very excited about this year’s program which includes Gloria by Randol Alan Bass and Sing Noel by Southland composer/arranger Brent Pierce – it’s a piece dedicated to CSULB’s University Choir. We will also feature the handbell choir Pacific Bells, who have become a staple in the Winter Festival Concert tradition. It’s an exciting program that we are sure will get folks in the holiday spirit.”

The Cole Conservatory Winter Festival Concert is Long Beach’s greatest winter music extravaganza, and is a powerful reminder to shine our lights and hope, even in the coldest, darkest time of the year. Tickets are $15-$30, depending on discounts and seat location. Best seats are available for the Saturday evening performance. Group discounts are available for parties of 15 or more. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit or call (562) 985-7000.