Contra Costa Children’s Chorus celebrates 30 years of musical excellence with a concert entitled “My Spirit Rejoices” on Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 1601 Mary Dr., in Pleasant Hill. The chorus will perform Porpora’s “Magnificat” plus Canadian and Spanish carols as well as Hanukkah songs and Elgar’s “The Snow.”. On Dec. 28, at 7:30 p.m., Children’s Chorus artistic director Martin Benvenuto and founding artistic director Iris Lamanna will lead alumni and current choristers in an Alumni Reunion Concert at Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church, 1801 Lacassie Ave., Walnut Creek. For more information, go to www.childrenschorus.org.
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