The Light of Hope Returning, Christmas concert by the La Verne Church of the Brethren Sanctuary Choir.
An American folk oratorio, The Light of Hope Returning is a full concert work by composer Shawn Kirchner. Pianist, organist, a tenor with the Los Angeles Master Chorale as well as their composer-in-residence from 2012 to 2015, Kirchner is well-known for his compositions and arrangements such as Heavenly Home: Three American Songs – praised by the LA Times as “arranged with mastery”. A YouTube search quickly proves Kirchner’s works are performed far beyond LA. Along with Kirchner on piano and hammered dulcimer, the choir will be accompanied by some of the area’s most accomplished musicians- the critically acclaimed jazz saxophonist Tom Luer, stage and screen actor and LA Master Chorale soloist Cynthia Marty, and MacArthur fellow, Street Symphony founder and the LA Philharmonic violinist Vijay Gupta.