Pacific Symphony musicians to be featured in Pacific Chorale’s televised “The Wayfaring Project,” chronicling COVID-19 pandemic

Posted on: December 16, 2021

On December 17 and 22, musicians from California’s Pacific Symphony will be featured on PBS SoCal and KCET in The Wayfaring Project, a new concert film created by the Pacific Chorale and its artistic director, Robert Istad. The film interweaves J.S. Bach’s motet Jesu meine Freude with contemporary works such as Moira Smiley’s arrangement of the American folksong “Wayfaring Stranger,” Dolly Parton’s “Light of a Clear Blue Morning,” Samuel Barber’s “Sure on This Shining Night,” Tarik O’Regan’s “All Things Common,” and Randall Thompson’s “Alleluia.” Filmed between April and July 2021, The Wayfaring Project follows Pacific Chorale’s progression through the COVID-19 pandemic: from complete social distancing to hybrid music videos to the choir’s first return to live music-making after 17 months at Segerstrom Concert Hall. Featured Pacific Symphony musicians will include Associate Concertmaster Paul Manaster, Assistant Principal Second Violin Jennise Hwang, Principal Viola Meredith Crawford, and Principal Cello Warren Hagerty; additional performers will include violist Josephine Moerschel and organist Jung-A Lee. The program will air on PBS SoCal on December 17 and on KCET on December 22; it will also be streamed on pbssocal.org, kcet.org, and the PBS app.