Pacific Lutheran University’s annual Christmas concerts are already pretty special, involving two choirs and orchestra, and shows in Portland and Seattle. This year, however, the event ramps up for the university’s 125th anniversary with PBS recording and broadcasts, a world-premiere composition, and a guest gala concert appearance by PLU alum and Metropolitan Opera star Angela Meade.
Winner of both the Beverly Sills and Richard Tucker awards, Meade is a Centralia native who went on from her PLU bachelor of music in 2001 to studies at University of Southern California and Philadelphia’s Academy of Vocal Arts before landing a contract with New York’s Metropolitan Opera. Since then, her star has risen meteorically with awards and an international career — but she still returns regularly to sing in the Northwest. She’ll perform at PLU’s 125th anniversary gala concert Dec. 11.
The Christmas concerts (Dec. 2 in Portland, Dec. 7 in Seattle, and Dec. 5-6 and 12 in Tacoma) will also be recorded by PBS, broadcast Christmas Eve and Day on Oregon Public Broadcasting television networks and on KCTS and KBTS, and then on PBS stations nationwide in 2016. The concerts include a world premiere by Hollywood film composer J.A.C. Redford, “A Christmas Invitation,” composed specifically for PLU’s Choir of the West, University Chorale and orchestra. The concerts also will include the premiere of “December: A Meditation on Advent” by PLU music professor Greg Youtz, plus Christmas favorites and audience carols.
Tickets go on sale Monday.
IF YOU GO
What: PLU Christmas Concerts and 125th anniversary gala.
When and where: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2 (Arlene Schnitzer Hall, Portland); 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3 (Benaroya Hall, Seattle); 8 p.m. Dec. 5 and 12, 3 p.m. Dec. 6 (Lagerquist Hall, Pacific Lutheran University, 12180 Park Ave. S., Tacoma). Gala will be at 8 p.m. Dec. 11 at Lagerquist Hall.
Tickets: Concerts are $35 general; $30 seniors, PLU staff and alumni; and $25 students. The gala is $125 with receptions and $50 concert only. They go on sale Monday.