Camerata Singers of Long Beach perform Camerata Peace Project 2, “The Hope of Loving,” in the lobby of the Long Beach PAC Arena on Sunday, October 7, 2018. (Photo by Axel Koster, Contributing Photographer)
The Long Beach Camerata Singers, in partnership with the Tesserae Baroque Ensemble, will present their 16th annual performance of composer George Frideric Handel’s Messiah this Thursday, December 21, at 7:30 p.m.
Handel’s majestic Messiah, an oratorio for chorus and orchestra first performed in 1742, uses a text compiled from the King James Bible and Coverdale. It has remained an accessible and impactful piece of music for generations, widely performed during the holiday season in Southern California and far beyond.
“Handel’s Messiah is like a bowl full of precious jewels, and as you look through, you will encounter many different colors,” Camerata Singers artistic director James C. Bass said in a press release. “This great work changes every few minutes, eliciting different emotions.”
The Camerata Singers Choir of 100 voices, together with the Tesserae Baroque Orchestra and four professional soloists, are sure to offer an inspiring performance of the beloved work of art.
General admission tickets for the event are $40. VIP and Preferred tickets are also available for $65 and $55 respectively.
The show will begin at the Beverly O’Neill Theatre, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., on Thursday, December 21 at 7:30 p.m.
For additional information and tickets, visit longbeachcameratasingers.org.
The Long Beach Playhouse Theatre’s Studio Collaborative will offer an intriguing look at missed connections and digital drama next Saturday, January 6th.
In Missed Connections: A Dramatic Reading of Craigslist Posts, some of Orange County’s most talented actors take on the unique task of acting out real Craigslist posts.
Conceived and produced by Jill Johnson — who “has spent far too much time reading all the debauchery on Craigslist for your entertainment,” according to the event’s webpage — the show is sure to offer a vivid and theatrical reimagining of the drama found in the unlikeliest of places. .
The wild, the weird, the whimsical: it’s all to be found on the internet’s most outrageous classifieds platform.
The show will begin on the second floor of the Long Beach Playhouse’s Studio Theater, 5021 E. Anaheim St., at 8:00 p.m. The second floor is not accessible by elevator.
General admission tickets for the show are $15. For more information, visit lbplayhouse.org.
Fourth Annual Kwanzaa Celebration
The Long Beach African American Cultural Center will host its 4th annual Kwanzaa celebration next week.
Kwanzaa – a celebration of African-American culture culminating in a Karamu feast – officially begins on December 26th and runs through January 1st.
AACCLB’s celebration will begin on Wednesday, December 27, the second day of Kwanzaa. It will emphasize “Kujichagulia,” or self-determination, which is one of the seven principles honored during the annual event, according to a news release.
The other themes, the press release said, are unity, teamwork and responsibility, the purpose of the cooperative economy, and creativity and faith.
“During the seven days of Kwanzaa, we should all reflect deeply on each topic,” AACCLB President Darrick Simpson said in the news release, “to consider how, as caring individuals, we can lift up our family and community to make a positive impact.”
The program will include music, dancing, candles and a children’s corner, the announcement said.
The Kwanzaa event will be held at the Expo Arts Center, 4321 Atlantic Ave., from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Attendees will be asked to donate $10 for admission, the release said.
Before the festivities begin, however, be sure to check out the AACCLB’s current exhibit, “African Holiday Celebrations,” to take a deep dive into a variety of African holiday traditions—from nativity plays to masquerade parties to community caroling.
This particular exhibit will run until December 29th.
For more information, visit aacclb.org.
Christmas Tribute Show at the Gaslamp
This weekend, treat yourself to a tribute show honoring legendary musicians Billy Joel and Elton John at the Gaslamp Long Beach.
This tribute show—featuring artists Billy Nation and the Rocketmen—will honor the legacies of two of history’s greatest singer-songwriters while helping people get into the Christmas spirit.
Whether you’re a dedicated fan who grew up with Billy Joel’s seminal album ‘The Stranger’ or Elton John’s landmark double LP ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’, or whether you’re new to these iconic pianists – you’ll feel right at home at the Gaslamp this weekend.
Sing along to every tune that defined the 1970s soundtrack and beyond at 8pm this Saturday. Doors open at 6 p.m
For information and tickets visit gaslamplongbeach.com.