Thursday, March 24, 2016

Destination  . . . Chorale Bel Canto

On April 2 . . . the City of Whittier.

“Destination . . . Chorale Bel Canto” posts in advance of each of our concerts, offering 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.

On April 2, we’re in Whittier, singing as part of the 79th Annual Whittier College Bach Festival. Enjoy a day of unique shopping and moving music.

Morning. Spend the morning shopping at the 21st Annual Whittier Uptown Art and Antiques street Faire. It's in the heart of historic Whittier on Philadelphia Street between Greenleaf and Painter Avenues. Hours are from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Admission is free.

Stroll tree-lined streets while shopping at over 200 vendors
 featuring distinctive handicrafts, artworks, and quality vintage items 
from local artists and those as far away as Laguna Beach and Sherman Oaks.
 Shop early for Mother's day or graduation! 
Bring the kids and participate in activities for all ages,
 including live entertainment throughout the day.

Lunch. Partake of festival food or lunch at one of Whittier’s celebrated restaurants:

Rocky Cola Cafe, 6757 Greenleaf Avenue
Bizarra Capital, 12706 Philadelphia Street
Rick’s, 7254 Greenleaf Avenue

California Grill, 6751 Painter Avenue

Bailey Street Kitchen, 13010 Bailey Street

Afternoon. At 2:00 pm stroll to the corner of Washington Avenue and Philadelphia Street to First Friends Church.

First Friends Church

Walk half a block north on Washington to the Church Courtyard and take your seat at 2:30 pm for an outdoor Guitar Concert presented by Chorale Bel Canto and featuring students from Whittier and Rio Hondo Colleges. Each year the Bach Festival has a special emphasis. This year’s theme is “Bach and the Guitar,” and these students have prepared a special musical treat for the occasion that includes music from a variety of periods and styles. Admission is free. While waiting for the concert to begin,

Get a Taste of Philly!

Following the Guitar Concert, follow the crowd into the Meeting House for the 

Chorale Bel Canto Bach Concert at 4:00 pm.

First Friends Meeting House Interior

The Chorale will perform J.S. Bach’s motet, Komm, Jesu, Komm and two of his Easter cantatas, Cantata 4, Christ lag in todesbanden, set to a hymn by Martin Luther, and Cantata 6, Bleib bei uns, both featuring stellar guest soloists.


Dinner. Maintain that exalted feeling by dining at a one of Uptown’s nearby fine dining restaurants, such as Setá at 13033 Philadelphia Street, 562-698-0578, or Phlight at 6724 Bright Avenue, 562-789-0578. Reservations recommended. Evening. Conclude your day in Whittier by attending the performance of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet at the Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts at the corner of Philadelphia and Painter Avenues. The concert is at 7:30 pm. Continue the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Shannon Center with this Bach Festival event. 

Sunday. We hope you enjoyed your day of music and antiques in Whittier. We invite you to return for the conclusion of the Bach Festival on Sunday. The Whittier College Memorial Chapel, just east of the Shannon Center on Philadelphia Street, will house an instrumental concert at 4:00 pm. The concert will feature a new harpsichord, built by the renowned German firm J.C. Neupert, and presented to the Music Department by the Whittier College Class of 1963. Grammy-winning flautist and Whittier College Professor of Music Danny Lozano, and alumnus and noted Bach scholar Raymond Erickson ’63 will perform.

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