“SWEETHEART, COME!”: ADVENT WAITING

EMMA HAUCK

The borne-down-upon pencil, the obsessive-compulsive copying out, the anguished plea to the universe—if was as if her entire being had become concentrated in that one impastoed prayer that looked like receding waves, or ripples on a shore. She had to have written “Sweetheart Come” tens of thousands of times, and you were left to wonder whether Mark ever did come, knowing that, even if so, he probably didn’t come nearly often enough, or for a long, long time.

NEVER GROW OLD: DICKENS’ CHRISTMAS CAROL

All those holiday chestnuts—“The Nutcracker,” “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas”—have stood the test of time for a reason. Still, I usually try to avoid writing about them. And while we’re on the subject, for my money, you can hardly beat Dylan Thomas reading his own “A Child’s Christmas in Wales,” a […]

WINTER WONDERLAND: THE LA CHILDREN’S CHORUS

On two consecutive Sundays, December 9 and 16, 2018, at 7:30 pm, the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC) will present what promises to be a bang-up program at the Pasadena Presbyterian Church. “Winter Wonderland: Sounds of the Season” marks the first stand-alone program led by the Chorus’ new Artistic Director, internationally regarded choral conductor, clinician […]