In the Christmas tradition, starlight is magic: It guided the wise men to Bethlehem.
“Let it Shine,” this year’s holiday concert by the Young People’s Chorus of Erie, builds on that, mixing traditional classics – “This Little Light of Mine” and “Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning” – with African spirituals and contemplative Gregorian chants.
“’Let it Shine’ brings to mind not only the stars and angels of Christmas and the candles of Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, but the light that shines in each human being,” said Gabrielle Dietrich, YPC’s artistic director. “We aim to inspire listeners not only to revel in the lights and delights of the holiday season, but to let their own lights shine – whether through a kind word, an act of service, a gesture of peacemaking or a simple openness of spirit – into the darkness we encounter in our everyday lives.”
The concert will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 13, at Our Lady of Peace Church, 2401 W. 38th St.
Dietrich will conduct the Concert Chorus, Young Men’s Ensemble and Chorale. Jeremy Flock will conduct the Cantare, YPC’s youngest chorus, and three YPC satellite groups: the Sisters of Saint Joseph Neighborhood Network, the Bethesda Trinity Center for Musical Expression and Leadership and the Wayne School choir. All will perform during the concert.
YPC Erie is a youth outreach organization of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College.
Tickets for “Let it Shine” are available now. General admission is $12, and tickets for children ages 7-12 are $5. Children under the age of 6 are free.
To order tickets, please call the YPC Erie office at 814-898-6789.