The National Children’s Chorus, formerly known as the Paulist Choristers of California, will perform Mozart’s arrangement of George Frideric Handel’s Messiah as part of the inaugural season at the Eli and Edythe Broad Stage, 1310 11th St. in Santa Monica, at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 13th.

Messiah, traditionally performed in December, will take on a new meaning as it bridges the gap between old and new, a chorus spokesperson said.

“As Messiah has been the signature piece of the Paulist Choristers since its inception in 1977, no work could be more appropriate as we make our debut at the Broad Stage as the new National Children’s Chorus,” says artistic director Luke McEndarfer.

“But tradition will meet innovation, as we will perform Mozart’s unique reorchestration of the work for the first time.”

The 50-voice National Children’s Chorus’ Premier Ensemble will join members of the Los Angeles Master Chorale and Los Angeles Chamber orchestra, along with high profile soloists

including Elissa Johnston and Brian Asawa.

The concert is intended to celebrate the illustrious history of the Paulist Choristers and the anticipated debut of the new National Children’s Chorus, the spokesperson said.

The National Children’s Chorus is Los Angeles’ oldest professional children’s chorus. Spanning more than 30 years, the group’s history includes performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Los Angeles Opera Company, Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra, and The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.

Now under the leadership of Luke McEndarfer, the organization is represented by 12 schools in West Los Angeles with 105 members in four ensembles.

More than solely offering its students the chance to perform alongside top musicians, the program focuses on education in the areas of music theory, history, appreciation and movement. The chorus also offers a newly designed curriculum of courses that will include conducting, string technique, composition and ear training.

Tickets to the Messiah performance range from $35 to $150. Box seats can be purchased for $250.

Information, (760) 831-1829.

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