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"It's OK to Sing Along With the Radio," Says Host of Pacific Chorale's Holiday Concert Airing Dec. 9 on KUSC


Contact:  Gail Eichenthal  213/225-7400 or Kelsey McConnell  213/225-7504
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When you pair one of America's great adult choirs, Pacific Chorale, with the Southern California Children's Concert Chorus, add a magnificent organist and symphony musicians, and turn them loose with traditional carols and modern holiday music, the result is 'Tis the Season, a concert tailor-made for singing along to the radio. Classical KUSC will air the concert at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, as part of a series of holiday specials that will running until Christmas. KUSC is producing this special, and the station's Gail Eichenthal, who is hosting, says: "KUSC is delighted to be sharing with our listeners this family holiday concert featuring one of Southern California’s finest choral groups. It’s perfectly okay to sing along with the radio, by the way!"

Pacific Chorale, led by artistic director John Alexander, is the resident choir of the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Orange County. The full chorale is joined by the Southern California Children’s Concert Chorus, organist Lori Loftus and Pacific Symphony members. The program includes works by John Rutter, Franz Biebl and Z. Randall Stroope.

Classical KUSC is airing at least two holiday specials weekly until Christmas. The schedule is:

Dec. 6: 7 p.m. -The Evening Program with Jim Svejda presents Chanukkah Lights, featuring The Chanukkah Story with Leonard Nimoy and the Western Wind vocal ensemble, and Handel’s Judas Maccabeus

Dec. 9: 7 p.m. - 'Tis the Season with Pacific Chorale and Southern California  Children's Concert Chorus, organist Lori Loftus and members of the Pacific Symphony

Dec. 9: 11 p.m. - Welcome Christmas with Vocal Essence

Dec. 16: 7 p.m. - A St. Olaf Christmas with the St. Olaf Orchestra and Choirs

Dec. 16: 11 p.m. - A Chanticleer Christmas

Dec. 23: 7 p.m. - Holiday Wonders with the Los Angeles Master Chorale

Dec. 23: 11 p.m. - Echoes of Christmas with the Dale Warland Singers

Dec. 24: 7 a.m. - A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols with King's College Choir (live broadcast from King's College in Cambridge, England)

Dec. 31: 7 p.m. - KUSC's New Year's Eve Bash. This 7-hour program is our yearly exercise in mirth, mayhem and questionable taste, hosted by the inimitable Jim Svejda.

For more information on KUSC holiday specials, visit:

About Pacific Chorale
Pacific Chorale is one of America's great choirs, delighting national and international audiences with exceptional choral performances since 1968. Under the inspired guidance of artistic director John Alexander, Pacific Chorale has infused an Old World art form with California's penchant for innovation and cultural independence. The Pacific Chorale is the resident choir of the celebrated Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at Segerstrom Center for the Arts and performs approximately 20 concerts annually.

Artistic director John Alexander
Artistic director of Pacific Chorale since 1972, John Alexander has received consistent acclaim for his inspired leadership, both on the podium and as an advocate for the advancement of the arts. In Alexander's long and distinguished career, he has conducted hundreds of performances of choirs and orchestras in 27 countries around the globe.

Host Gail Eichenthal
Gail Eichenthal is executive producer at USC Radio. At KUSC in Southern California and the Bay Area's KDFC, Gail oversees arts coverage, concert broadcasts and live productions. She is also the executive producer of Arts Alive, LA Opera on Air and the LA Philharmonic radio broadcasts. Gail began her association with KUSC as the Abram Chasins Intern in 1976, and joined the staff the following year. She began her association with the LA Philharmonic in 1978, becoming the first woman to host the radio broadcasts of a major American orchestra. From 1994-2005, Gail was an award-winning news reporter and news anchor at KNX-AM, the CBS News station in Los Angeles. She rejoined KUSC in 2005.

Classical KUSC is one of the largest and most listened to nonprofit classical music stations in the country, and is dedicated to preserving classical music as a living art. Located in downtown Los Angeles, Classical KUSC uses digital transmission technology to broadcast commercial-free uninterrupted classical performances. The nonprofit, listener-supported station has been broadcasting for more than 60 years and is a broadcast service of the University of Southern California at 91.5(FM) in Los Angeles; 88.5 KPSC in Palm Springs; 91.l KDSC in Thousand Oaks, 88.7 KQSC in Santa Barbara and 99.7 KESC in Morro Bay/San Luis Obispo.

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