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Alhambra Performing Arts Center (APAC), under the direction of Chef and Artistic Director Bill Yee, will present The Dickens Holiday Carolers accompanied by violinist and pianist Josephine Chang in the Community Christmas Carol Sing-along program at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec.10, at Sage Granada Park United Methodist Church, 1850 W. Hellman Ave. Alhambra. Admission is free.
The Dickens Holiday Carolers are celebrating their 21st year. They started out from Southern California Edison and then became an independent group over the years. They wear colorful period costumes, especially the ladies, and perform throughout Greater Los Angeles during the Christmas season. They can sing as a large ensemble, up to 14, or in traditional quartets depending upon which member is available and what the venue asks for. The cities that hire them include Monrovia, Arcadia, and Glendora among many other venues, including senior homes, churches, convents, and private homes. They close on Christmas Eve morning singing for hundreds of disadvantaged families in Montebello at the Quiet Canon. Their repertoire is just over 50 traditional carols and Christmas favorites.
Growing up in a musical Christian family, Ms. Chang played violin and piano and sang as a youngster. With her late mom as a music department head of National Taiwan University of Arts, Ms. Change had been fortunate to be surrounded and molded by many talented musicians. Among her teachers are the late Professor Teng Chang-Kuo, Professor Chen Chiu-Sheng, Professor Alice Schoenfeld, and Dr. Melody Kuo. Ms. Chang did not follow her musical talent as a young adult; she received her MBA while working as a banker.
Many years later, she went back to school and received her second master’s degree, Master of Church Music, with an emphasis in piano studies. In addition to playing instruments and singing with the Lake Avenue Church Chamber Symphony and Lake Avenue Church Sanctuary Choir, Ms. Chang finds time to write arrangements for piano and violin. In her spare time, she also helps students at Lake Avenue Community Orchestra, people with piano improvisation and playing piano at various Chinese churches. As a member of a sextet group called the Heavenly Messengers USA, she sometimes brings her music through singing or playing to different cities and abroad in concerts or evangelical meetings.
Ms. Chang is the director of Operations, Music Department coordinator and instructor, graphic designer, and editor of the Truth Theological Seminary in Arcadia.
Free-will donations are accepted during intermission. Seating is first come, first served and is limited. For more information, contact Mr. Yee at 626-230-5435, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Refreshments are by culinary school trained student chefs.