A Classical Christmas Concert By Artistic Director, Christian Lebano

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We have a special treat for our patrons – on Sunday, December 18 at 7:00 we will be hosting the AlmaNova Duo with special guest vocalist Abram Peliakoff in a “Classical Christmas Concert”. This marks the first of three concerts we have planned through the spring with Sierra Madre Music, who just happen to be the AlmaNova Duo better known as Jessica Pierce and Almer Imamovic.

I was outside the theater one night a few months ago when I met a young mom and her son. We got to talking and I soon discovered it was Jessica. That led to a meeting with Jessica and Almer where we hatched a plan to collaborate on all things music at the Playhouse. I have been struggling to curate and manage our Music Series and now Jessica is going to help me. She and Almer are incredibly well-connected in the music scene in Southern California and both have wonderful ideas about how to broaden what I’ve been trying to build.

We’ll continue our collaboration with the Colburn School – in fact, we have concerts set for January 26 and March 26 and hope to schedule a few more. I want to build the theater into an acknowledged place to hear chamber music and soloists. For those of you who haven’t attended a concert at the Playhouse, we are blessed with really wonderful acoustics. It really is a little jewel box. I hope you will join us as we build this series. I couldn’t be more excited for the possibilities.

Tickets for the “Classical Christmas Concert” are $20 for adults and $15 for youth 21 and under and are available for purchase on-line or by calling Mary to make a reservation at 626.355.4318.

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“A Little House Christmas continues until December 23 with special performances Christmas week. I do hope you will plan to see this charming take on these classic American stories. Some performances are sold-out already. Do get your tickets soon.

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On Thursday we learned of the dismissal of the actor’s suit against Actors Equity Association – the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers. This means our costs will be rising as we now must pay considerably more for our talent. We have been reaching out to our supporters and donors to make commitments of support for the next year – with this decision by the Federal Court it is even more important than ever that we can look to you to help us afford to continue bringing the talented artists that you’ve come to look forward to on and off our stage. I hope you will consider making a generous gift to SMP and join our Marquee Giving Circle. Please help us keep SMP as a vital and treasured part of this community. Donations can be made by sending a check to the Playhouse at PO Box 123, SM, 91025 or by contacting me at ArtisticDirector@SierraMadrePlayhouse.org

Your support means everything to us. See you in the lobby!