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CANDLELIGHT CLASSICS TO RING IN HOLIDAYS The holidays are traditionally the busiest time of year at the Old Town

Temecula Community Theater. “Our holiday performances begin the day after Thanksgiving and continue right up to the eve of Christmas Eve,” says Theater Manager Bea Barnett. “You can hear festive holiday music, experi- ence an inspiring Christmas musical, and let your imagination run wild with a traditional ballet.” Several times, the concert has featured Antonio Vivaldi’s popular “Four

Seasons” concertos for strings. “People love the Vivaldi,” Zimbric says. “But this year we wanted to feature something just as beautiful, but a bit different.” That something different is the Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas by 20th-cen-

tury Argentine composer Astor Piazzola. “The most common translation is ‘Four Seasons of Buenos Aires,’ says Zimbric. “So it connects back to what we’ve presented before. But this is tango, or at least Piazzola’s reimagination of the tango. It’s rich, lovely music, and it evokes each of the seasons in that part of the world.” Fans of Vivaldi have nothing to fear, though. The concert will include his

Concerto for Guitar and Strings in D, as well as a concerto for guitar and strings by Luigi Boccherini. “The concert offers a great combination of old and new,” Zimbric said. “I think we’re really going to evoke the festive nature of the holiday season.” Tickets are $25, and include complimentary champagne and chocolates

during intermission. Seating in The Merc is limited, and these performances typically sell out in advance. To purchase tickets, visit the Ticket Office in The Merc, call 866.OLD.TOWN, or visit


December 14th @ 2:00 & 7:00

pm – A CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL at Temecula Valley High School, 31555 Rancho Vista Rd., Temecula. IVS is joined by the Temecula Valley Mas- ter Chorale for the 4th Annual Christ- mas Festival. Enjoy your favorite heartfelt holiday renditions at our most powerful and moving celebration of Christmas music yet!

2014 Concerts:

• January 25th @ 2:00 pm - L’HISTOIRE DU SOLDAT at St. Thomas Epis- copal Church, Temecula. The Soldier’s Tale is a narrated story told by actors, accompanied by dancers with music played by a septet.

• March 8th @ 2:00 pm – THE PLANETS at Temecula Valley High School. Enjoy emerging stars and planetary projections as IVS features the win- ners of the 2014 Young Artist Competition, plus music from Star Wars and The Planets by Holst.

• March 22nd @ 2:00 pm – NO STRINGS ATTACHED! at St. Thomas Epis- copal Church, Temecula, featuring Maestro Anthony Parnther on bas- soon and the West Coast Wind Quintet with a riveting program of quintet literature.

• April 5th @ 2:00 pm - CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS at Murrieta Mesa High School includes Peter and the Wolf, Firebird Suite, Swan Lake, Flight of the Bumblebee, and Carnival of the Animals featuring guest pi- anists Dr. Wan-Chin Chang and Brian Hsu.

• May 17th @ 2:00 pm – THE MAGICAL MUSIC OF DISNEY! at Temecula Valley High School. Enjoy favorites from early Disney classics to recent releases and projected images. IVS and guest vocalists will take you Around the World with Disney. Presentation licensed by Disney Concerts ©Disney.

Don’t miss the exciting concert season and “Discover the Experi-

ence!” To purchase tickets or for more information about the 2013-14 sea- son please call 760-318-0460 or visit

The Rock Lake Elsinore Presents Christmas at the Castle! December 21

Enjoy guided tours, holiday refreshments and a candlelight service at

the historic hilltop home of evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson The Rock (a Foursquare church) in Lake Elsinore is hosting Christmas

at the Castle on Saturday, December 21, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the ma- jestic Lake Elsinore mansion commonly known as “Aimee’s Castle.” The home was built in the 1920s by noted evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson, and the property has long been the subject of great interest and fascination due to its unique architecture and spiritual heritage. The home is now owned by The Rock, which is part of the Foursquare church denomination founded by McPherson. “Our church has a long-standing connection to the Lake Elsinore com-

munity,” say pastors John and Debbie Booker. “Aimee came here decades ago and her mission to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ lives on. We’re excited to extend her mission and vision for this area and see people trans- formed by God’s amazing love.” The event will feature guided tours of the home, Christmas music, re-

freshments and a candlelight service. Tours will be offered in English and Spanish, and all are welcome. Families visiting with small children are strongly encouraged to supervise children closely throughout the event. Parking will be off site at Realty Center Inc. 30713 Riverside Drive Lake Elsi- nore, California 92530 with complimentary shuttle service to and from the property. For more information and to RSVP, visit www.christmasatthecas- or call 951-226-7914. The Rock is a satellite campus of The Rock in Anaheim. The church is

located at 33093 Deeble Entrance St., with two morning services: 9:00 a.m., 11:15 a.m. and a Spanish service at 1:30 p.m. Children’s church is offered at all services, and mid-week “Rock Group” bible studies meet on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. The Bookers co-pastor the church with Spanish pastors Art and Wendy Davis. To learn more, visit

14th Annual Christmas Concert Dec. 7th Southwest Women’s Chorus

The Southwest Women's Chorus presents our 14th annual Christmas

concert on December 7th at 7:30 pm and December 8th at 2:00 pm, at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater. Tickets will be available at, at the theater box office in the Mercantile, 42051 Main Street Temecula, or at, 866-OLD-TOWN. Ticket prices are: $18 Adult, $15 Senior & Military, $11 Students The Christmas concert is our traditional mix of classical, familiar carols,

spirituals, gospel, and audience sing-alongs. The Chorus will be joined once again by the Wings of Praise youth gospel choir, who will present three of their own songs plus join us in some others. Bring the family, friends and neighbors, this is a great family concert!


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