The 29th Annual Christmas Revels:
An American Journey
This year’s Revels opens in the 1930s where our protagonist meets a mystery man who sends him on a journey east to Appalachia, south through the bayous of Louisiana, north to the mid-Atlantic states and finally westward ho to California! It’s a crazy quilt of many colors creating the fabric of the holiday traditions we still share. Filled with Cajun music, Appalachian clogging, old folk tales and holiday rituals that some will remember being passed down from our parents or grandparents, the 2014 Christmas Revels will see a return to familiar American carols and folksongs, toe-tapping music and of course, plenty of laughter.
Featured performers include Rene Collins last seen in the 2000 Christmas Revels, Kevin Carr (2010) and Tristan Cunningham (2012) along with Revels regulars Shira Kammen, James Galileo and introducing a new musical guest, Euphonia, featuring Sylvia Herold.
The 29th Annual Christmas Revels
An American Journey
December 12-14 & 19-21
Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays & Sundays 1pm & 5pm
Tickets priced $20-$60 with significant discounts for patrons under 25 and students of any age
Scottish Rite Theater
1547 Lakeside Dr, Oakland CA 94612
Running time 145 minutes with intermission.
No ticket sales at the theater except on performance dates.
Masters of Music
Fred has been the Musical Director for California Revels continuously since the late '80's. He brings to bear his extensive knowledge of composers and composition in researching and arranging music for the Revels choruses and the Brass ensemble as well. Fred also participates in production as a lead singer in the Adult chorus, frequently performing solos and in small ensembles. This year he will again assume his role as audience leader. teaching and leading God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen, as well as the customary Dona Nobis Pacem and Sussex Mummers' Carol.
Shira is a noted violin and vielle player and leads a number of small early music ensembles. She is very much in demand as a performer and teacher and is constantly flying around the country and the world, doing concerts and workshops. As often happens, she is once again providing original compositions for this year's Christmas Revels. We are very excited about her setting of Winter Night. It will be the musical context for the dance in which the Ladies of Haddon Hall invite Lady Rutland to join them. She has also done a choral setting of the rousing Bring the New Year In. Shira also performs on stage, and will be joining the juggling Fools for a very special number in the second act.
The Revels Chorus
Every year, California Revels puts together a chorus totaling up to 65 singers. For many chorus members, participating in Revels is the highlight of the holiday season, bringing them together in community, transporting them to another time, giving them comfort in the darkest days of the year. And, it’s a lot of fun!
Many of the Young Performers have appeared previously in the Christmas Revels children's chorus and many of them will pass into the ranks of the adult chorus, often after a time away for college. The talent and performing energy that our youngsters add to the stage is undeniable. Their participation broadens the scope of what we can do and adds yet one more ingredient to the wonderful stew that is a Revels performance.
Maintaining school work and setting aside sports and other activities can be a challenge, but the artistic and social development of children in the Revels chorus is extremely rewarding. Several members of the adult chorus can point to the children's chorus as their first experience of Revels, and the start of their performing career.
Parking near the Scottish Rite Theater
Special Event Parking is available to Revelers at the ALCO Park Garage located at 1220 Jackson Street at 13th Street; just 3 blocks from the theater. The rate is $5 per vehicle and no reservations are required.
Parking in the lot behind the theater has sold out for the entire run.