Get ready for festive evenings of holiday cheer when the Mid-Columbia Mastersingers present their annual Christmas concert.
Showtimes are 7 p.m. Dec. 18 at St. Joseph's Church, 520 S. Garfield St., Kennewick; at 7 p.m. Dec. 19 at Bethel Spanish Assembly of God in Othello, 935 First Ave., Othello, and; at 3 p.m. Dec. 20 at The Salvation Army Temple, 303 W. Clark St., Pasco.
This year's program is titled Navidad Nuestra and features traditional secular carols as well as spiritual music.
The music includes Deutsches Magnificat by Heinrich Schutz and the Ralph Vaughan Williams composition Fantasia on Christmas Carols.
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The Mastersingers will open the concert with the Spanish-language composition Los Pastores, which translates to The Shepherds, by American composer Steven Sametz.
The work features traditional holiday Chicano melodies about the story of the nativity, including A la Ru and Vamos todos a Belen, said Justin Raffa, conductor for the Mastersingers.
"The second is Navidad Nuestra (translates to Our Christmas) by Argentine composer Ariel Ramirez, a folk drama of the nativity based on the rhythms and traditions of Hispanic America," Raffa said. "It's accompanied by guitars, percussion and harpsichord."
Joining the Mastersingers for the Dec. 13 concert will be the Rowena Chess Elementary School choir from Pasco. The choir is directed by Mindy Sparks.
Admission to each show is $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and college students. Kids in grades K-12 are free. Tickets are available at all Tri-City area Bookworm stores, online at www.midcolumbiamastersingers.org or at the door.
◗ Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; firstname.lastname@example.org