Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Destination . . . Chorale Bel Canto: A Time for Gifting

Destination  . . . Chorale Bel Canto
            By Linda de Vries, Singer and Chair of the Board

Love classical choral music? Think Chorale Bel Canto.

Seldom or never listen to classical choral music? Think again.

On December 7 think the City of Whittier at 4:00 p.m. or 7:30 p.m., where Chorale Bel Canto will sing Christmas with Chorale Bel Canto at the East Whittier United Methodist Church, 10005 S. Cole Road. This year our holiday concert features Vivaldi’s Gloria as well as new arrangements of Christmas music by Edward Zeliff, a southern California composer and arranger. Mr. Zeliff and members of his choir will be in attendance in the audience. The concert will also include the popular feature of sing-along carols.

Think Whittier is too far to drive for just a concert? Think again.

“Destination . . . Chorale Bel Canto” posts several times in advance of each of our concerts, offering you ideas for a different day trip to the city in which we’re singing, with a Chorale Bel Canto concert at the center of your experience. These trips appeal to a wide variety of interests and share fascinating, sometimes intricate, connections between the city and the music.

A Time for Gifting

Leading up to our Christmas concert we’ve written about the music we're singing and we've suggested several different ways in which you might wish to spend your day in Whittier and surrounding areas. You can scroll down through past posts to review these options:

  • Enjoying the annual Whittier Christmas Parade
  • Fishing, pedal boating, walking, and picnicking at Legg Lake and the Whittier Narrows Recreation Center
  • Preparing Holiday food gifts and touring the historic homes at the Homestead Museum in the next-door City of Industry
  • Traveling back in time to Mexican California by visiting the San Gabriel Mission, the Sanchez Adobe, and Pio Pico State Park
  • Experiencing Asian serenity by visiting the Hsi Lai Buddhist Temple in Hacienda Heights
 The focus of this post is giving thanks and giving and receiving gifts. Whittier and Chorale Bel Canto offer unique ways in which you can find that special offering to a friend or a family member. In addition to our gift of exquisite holiday music, we have a special gift for you!

Where to Shop for Gifts

Uptown Whittier has many one-of-a-kind boutiques where you can find everything from Apparel to Mike’s “Z” Shop--gifts for your avid reader, trendy teen, vintage clothing fan, cigar aficionado, tiny tot, cyclist, Mexican import lover, vinyl LP collector, art lover, classic car enthusiast, crafter . . . everyone on your list!

Uptown also has a number of great places to find antiques--A to Z Mart, King Richard’s Antique Center, Philadelphia Street Antiques, Uptown Antiques, Yellow Pie Antiques, Chiefs Roadside Antiques, American Antiques and Collectibles, Rodeo Durango, Sunshine Antique, Virginia’s Antiques, Royal Antique Center, and Elegant Elephant.

And don’t forget antiques stores, second-hand emporiums, and great junk shops in the neighboring cites of Pico Rivera and La Habra!

The Quad at Whittier, sited at the intersection of Whittier Boulevard and Painter Avenue, boasts Old Navy, Anna’s Linens, Burlington Coat Factory, Staples, Michaels, Radio Shack, TJ Maxx, and many more.

Whittwood Town Center, further east on Whittier Boulevard at Santa Gertrudes (very near the Chorale concert venue), offers J.C. Penny, Target, Sears, Kohl’s, Cost Plus World Market, See’s Candies, and many more small boutiques. It is home to more than 50 stores. In addition, there are numerous places to enjoy lunch or dinner located in this shopping and dining village.

New! Artists of the Chorale. Many of our singers have multiple talents and engage in other arts in addition to music. We have many crafters, too! This year for the first time Chorale Bel Canto offers lovely handmade gifts created by our singers as well as our own totes, mugs,  and cookbooks. We are also selling very special fruitcakes. Come to hear the magnificent and moving Christmas music and stay to complete your Christmas shopping! Ten percent of each purchase goes to support the mission of the Chorale.

You may also want to give the gift of more beautiful music. Buy tickets to future concerts for your friends and family! Buy tickets for them to this Christmas concert online right after you read this post!

How to Give a Gift to the Chorale

Yes, we are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and donations are necessary for us to afford to bring this music to you and maintain a reasonable ticket price, so we always welcome your monetary gifts.

Now, however, we suggest some nifty ways to help the Chorale that will not cost you a penny! If you shop online, join the Amazon Smile program and a certain percentage of every purchase you make goes to support the Chorale if you designate it as your charity of choice. Just google “Amazon Smile” and follow the simple steps. The real beauty part is that you can change your charitable designation whenever you want, so maybe you give to the Chorale for six months and then another charity of your choice for the next six months—spread the wealth!

You can donate to the Chorale in the same way by joining the Ralphs Rewards program and designating the Chorale as your charity of choice. The food on your table supports classical choral music!

How to Get the Gift the Chorale has for You

We want you to become a member of the Chorale Bel Canto family and attend all of our concerts. We want to keep you posted on all the Chorale events. We want you to subscribe to our bi-monthly newsletter, which keeps you up to date on Chorale activities and delights you with “Chorale Offstage,” highlighting other performances and community activities of our singers and conductors. We want you to follow our blog, where we post not only “Destination . . . Chorale Bel Canto," but in-depth background articles on the music we sing and the artists who present it.

To the first 20 people who call us at 888-460-9222 or email us at and agree to sign up for both the blog and the newsletter the Chorale will give a pair of top price tickets to either the 4:00 p.m. or the 7:30 p.m. performance of Christmas with Chorale Bel Canto. Just call or email and we will let you know if you are one of the 20. We will have your tickets waiting for you at the Box Office at the time of the performance. We're looking forward to celebrating with you!

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