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Joy to the World: FREE Christmas Concert

Release Date: 2014-12-13

Justin Rudd and his nonprofit Community Action Team (CAT) invite the public to a free, 90-minute

"Joy to the World" Christmas Concert!

Sunday, December 14th beginning at 5:00pm at Bay Shore Church, 5100 E. The Toledo at Granada Avenue in Belmont Shore. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., and all seats are general admission. All ages and all sizes of groups are welcome. Proceeds from Rudd's Long Beach Turkey Trot are paying for the performance, so that guests can enjoy the event for free. The professional talent is provided by the Southern California Brass Consortium. Guests can just show up, or RSVP here: www.facebook.com/events/1508279432792317

Organizers are asking concert attendees to bring peanut butter, breakfast cereal, boxes of macaroni and cheese, and/or canned fruit that will be donated to the Long Beach AIDS Food Store food bank, or toys and treats for shelter dogs/cats for CAT’s Operation Santa Paws.

Rudd says, "I've always wanted to give the community a BIG, amazing, free Christmas Concert, and here it is! Twenty-six professional instrumentalists will make this a holiday event to remember. And, for just $5, guests are invited to the optional tasting reception for the Long Beach Christmas Cookie Contest immediately following the concert, and they can meet the performers there."

The ensemble has sample recordings at www.socalbrass.org/media. There is a video of the group practicing for the concert at http://youtu.be/LiqbLT79QBQ.

HOST COMMITTEE, so far
• Justin Rudd & Ralph Millero
• Supervisor Don Knabe, Los Angeles County
• 1st District Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez
• 3rd District Councilwoman Suzie Price
• 8th District Councilman Al Austin
• 7th District Councilman Roberto Uranga
• 9th District Councilman Rex Richardson
• Chief Robert Luna, Long Beach Police Department
• Blair Cohn
• Blake Christian
• Brad Shore
• Christine Robbins, Mrs. Southern California Cities 2015
• Dr. David Clark, Bay Shore Church, senior minister
• David Montgomery
• Eileen Rivera
• Eric Gray
• Erica Abke, Miss Long Beach 2015
• Holly Santos
• Jacqueline Case
• Jessica Chetsawang
• Jewell Faamaligi
• Joe Corso
• Joen Garnica
• John Newell, AIDS Food Store Long Beach, president
• Kris Gragson
• Laura Doud, Long Beach City Auditor
• Lilia Lopez
• Mark Magdaleno
• Mary Zendejas
• Megan Kerr, LBUSD board member
• Mimi Masher
• Nancy Emslie
• Regina Cash, Mrs. Long Beach 2015
• Steve Bello
• Tim Patton

The program includes:

Adeste Fideles Fanfare for Brass and Percussion
David Lovrien

Carol Of The Bells
Arthur Harris (arranged by C. Leonard Coduti)

Silent Night
Franz Xaver Gruber (arranged by Douglas Richard)

Joyeux Noël
Alfred Reed

Fantasia On Lo How A Rose / How Brightly Beams
Prätorius / Nicolai (arranged by Mark E. Garrabrant)

O Come, O Come Emmanuel
Traditional / May Hogan Cambern
Ms. Sprout, harp

A Coventry Carol
Traditional (arranged by A. Fernie / H. Salazar)

O Come, O Come Emmanuel
Traditional / Douglas Richard (arranged by Hector Salazar)

A Wintry Mix
Arranged by Douglas Richard

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Hugh Martin / Ralph Blane (arranged by Drew Ninmer)

Minor Alterations: Christmas Through The Looking Glass
David Lovrien (arranged by Hector Salazar)

Little Drummer Boy
Katherine K. Davis (arranged by Anthony O'Toole)

Greensleeves
Traditional / May Hogan Cambern
Ms. Sprout, harp

The Christmas Song
Bob Wells / Mel Tormé (arranged by Scott Ninmer)

Santa Claus-Trophobia
Arranged by Sandy Smith (adapted by Hector Salazar)