2020 has been a difficult year for everyone around the world. Sadly, live music has been practically silenced by Covid-19. We want to bring some Christmas joy to the world via a free, live outdoor socially-distanced Christmas concert featuring an in-person 60 member socially-distanced orchestra and a 100+ member virtual choir that will also be broadcast worldwide via Facebook Live!
How’s the Project Going?
I’m Daniel Semsen, Pastor of Worship and Arts at Village Church in Burbank, California, and an eight-time Dove Award-winning Arranger and Orchestrator. I’m the conductor and producer of the event. For the past several months, our choir plus additional members from all over the United States and around the world, has been hard at work recording their song parts/videos at home and sending them in weekly so I can mix them together. I have to say, they sound and look amazing! Our socially-distanced orchestra, consisting of high school and college music students, teachers, and musicians in the community, have been rehearsing together for the past couple of months and will continue until the day of the concert. They are so happy to be playing together after so many months of silence. It’s so beautiful to hear them play!
When & Where Will It Happen?
The free Village Church Socially-Distanced Christmas Concert is scheduled for 5:00 pm Sunday, December 13 at the Village Christian School Football Field, 8930 Village Avenue, Sun Valley, CA 91352. There will be socially-distanced seating available for 500 people. The concert will also be streamed worldwide on Facebook Live.
What’s the Money For?
To make this all happen, we need a Christmas miracle in the form of $20,000 to pay for sound equipment/engineering. Because the musicians are socially-distanced and playing outside, they will need to be individually mic’d and balanced through a special sound system. The choir will be virtual and presented on a large screen. Donations are already coming in, and we have one Village Church member who has committed to matching donations up to $5,000.
Community Concerts are a Village Church Tradition
It’s not the first time we’ve shared our Christmas spirit with the Burbank area community. For the past few years, in mid-December, we’ve brought our choir and orchestra to downtown Burbank and presented two live shows. But with Covid, singing and playing music in close quarters is just not possible. I came up with a solution where we could safely share this live music event with a live audience and people all over the world!
Thank you in Advance & Please Share!
We appreciate any amount you can afford to donate and hope you are able to attend the live event or watch it on the Village Church Burbank Facebook Page via Facebook Live. Please share this story with anyone you know who might be interested in supporting our cause.
Thank you, and Merry Christmas!