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2016 - 2017 Season

"Home is where one starts from," wrote T.S. Eliot, and home is at the heart of our 2016 – 2017 season, as we sing songs of homes loved, remembered, lost, found, and longed for. Join us for a year of the most touching, exhilarating music we've sung yet.


The Pet Project

Eliza, our Artistic Director, spent 20 years working with pets, so we can't believe it's taken 16 years for the OCWC to sing a concert about them! Cats, dogs, and other critters are on the loose for this program, which also features a very special guest appearance by the Irvine High School Women's Chorus and their director, Tina Peterson.

Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. 
St. Wilfrid of York Episcopal Church
Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. 
New venue!
St. Mark Presbyterian Church
Adults: $30
Seniors (65+): $25
Students (with ID): $15

A Place of Tomorrow

Music, holidays, and children go together, and our December program is all about the children we know, the children we love, the children we once were, and the children who need us. Hear the Vesperae pro Festo Sancti Innocentium by Michael Haydn (Franz Joseph's younger brother!), performed with chamber orchestra, as well as works by Kirke Mechem, Ysaye Barnwell, John Tavener, Cecile Chaminade, and more. Both performances will feature guests from Project Hope Alliance, an Orange County nonprofit dedicated to ending the cycle of homelessness, one child at a time.

Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. 

St. Wilfrid of York Episcopal Church

Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. 

St. Mark Presbyterian Church

Rocking the Boat

In our stirring spring concerts, we'll sing of the courage and the nostalgia of refugees, immigrants, and all manner of seekers who leave their homes behind to journey to a strange land. This unique, challenging, and uplifting program features Abbie Betinis's breathtaking From Behind the Caravan: Songs of Hâfez, the world premiere of a stunning new commissioned work by renowned composer Joan Szymko, and much more. Join us 30 minutes before each performance to meet the composer!

Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
St. Wilfrid of York Episcopal Church
Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.
Newport Harbor Lutheran Church

Rocking the Boat is made possible, in part, by a generous grant from the Robert J. and Doreen D. Marshall Fund for Dramatic Arts and Classical Music of the Orange County Community Foundation.

We are deeply grateful to Laurie Soderberg and her daughters, Kristen Soderberg and Bethany Soderberg Poe, for their generous gift to underwrite Water Women in memory of Michael E. Soderberg.