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"Home for the Holidays" is presented by:

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Friday, December 16, 2011, 8pm
Saturday, December 17, 2011, 8pm

Additional non-subscription performances:
Saturday, December 17, 2pm
Sunday, December 18, 7:30pm ("Home for the Holidays")

Matthew Garbutt, conductor
John Pagano, vocals
San Diego Master Chorale
Members of Mariachi Champaña Nevin
with Mónica Ábrego
San Diego Children’s Choir

San Diego's favorite holiday music tradition will sparkle as guest singer John Pagano (well-known from his many Summer Pops concerts with Burt Bacharach) sets the season aglow with a host of memorable yuletide tunes. We’ll also add a local twist with performances by the always impressive San Diego Master Chorale and audience favorite Mariachi Champaña Nevin. Don’t miss the fun with the entire family in a Christmas carol sing-a-long that will lift your spirits high!  

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Sorry, Family Packs are no longer available for this concert. 


Vocalist John Pagano was born and raised in Providence, Rhode Island. He originally started out as a guitar player when he picked up the instrument at age nine and taught himself to sing while strumming The Platters classic “Only You.” John next learned to deliver a proficient version of the show biz anthem "On Broadway" and by age fourteen he was heading up his first band. John lied about his age and his band went to work regularly throughout the northeast. It was during this time that John began to pay particular attention to certain singers. John credits his vocal style to listening to such music icons such as Stevie Wonder, Luther Vandross, Donny Hathaway and Marvin Gaye. He continued to hone his craft by listening to these legends and working six nights a week, four sets a night for years. John’s live performance regimen quickly curbed any urges to over-sing, a trait common among young singers blessed with big voices.

John Pagano's current album project is Pure Imagination which features a 40 piece orchestra, transitioning effortlessly between the role of producer & vocalist and recorded at the legendary Capitol Recording Studio A. Mr. Pagano is also a featured vocalist in music icon Burt Bacharach's band, and consequently has become a Summer Pops audience favorite each year that Mr. Bacharach performs with the San Diego Symphony at Embarcadero Marina Park South.

In addition to performing with Burt Bacharach, John has worked with Grammy® award-winning songwriter Barry Mann ("The Best I Ever Was"), renowned composer/producer George Duke ("Change In My Life"), George Howard (singing vocals on the saxophone player’s album Shower You With Love) and saxman Michael Lington's "Everlasting Love" (a song John co-wrote). John has also had a song of his covered by David Cassidy ("Sheltered").

Along the way John Pagano's voice has also caught the ear of comedian Jerry Seinfeld, who invited him to open for his Las Vegas and Atlantic City shows. Mr. Pagano also appeared in the Adam Sandler film Click, appearing and singing in a pivotal wedding scene.


Mariachi Champaña Nevin has made a name for itself as a virtuoso ensemble of uncompromising quality that embodies the ideals of Mexican and European classical music. Led by accomplished classical and mariachi trumpeter, composer, professor and author Jeff Nevin, they have delighted diverse audiences across the US, Mexico, and as far away as Russia, France and China for more than a decade.
The secret of Mariachi Champaña Nevin is their union of world-class mariachi musicians with the finest classical string players, trumpet players and vocalists to create a “symphonic mariachi” like no other. They boast current or former members of mariachis Vargas de Tecalitlán, Sol de México and Los Camperos, the San Diego Symphony, Orquesta de Baja California and many other ensembles. They have performed with many Mexico’s finest singers, including Placido Domingo, Fernando de la Mora, Aida Cuevas, Jorge Lopez-Yañez, Mónica Ábrego, José Luis Duval, Florencia Tinoco and José Medina.
Leading the current ascension of mariachi music, Jeff Nevin has created a large body of original music scored for mariachi and symphony orchestra, including the world’s first Concerto for Mariachi and Orchestra (“Pasión Mexicana”), the world’s first classical song cycle for mariachi and orchestra (“Al aire libre”, based on the poetry of Alberto Blanco), a magical Mexican Christmas celebration (“La fiesta de la nochebuena”), and numerous arrangements of traditional mariachi songs. Together with Mariachi Champaña Névin, and occasionally alone as soloist/conductor, Jeff Nevin has performed his music with the symphonies of San Diego, Colorado, Aguascalientes, Jalisco, Pasadena, San Bernardino, Grant Park, Baja California, East Texas, Santa Rosa, Idaho Falls, La Jolla, Key West, the San Diego Chamber Orchestra and the American Philharmonic in Sonoma County.
Mariachi Champaña Nevin recently released their fifth CD recording, Nuestra Navidad, a ground-breaking double CD set featuring beloved Mexican and American Christmas carols along with classical favorites including Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite and Pachelbel’s Canon. Visit to learn more.

Soprano Mónica Ábrego is one of the most important singers to come out of Northwestern Mexico. Her wonderfully expressive voice has won her great public acclaim as well as awards from the Mexican National Fund for Art and Culture, the Musical Merit Society of San Diego, the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and from the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus Association. She has participated in a solo performance with the Colorado Symphony and the Bach Tijuana Festival, and has performed in Don Pasquale and La Serva Padrona for Opera Tijuana. She made her solo debut at Carnegie Hall with Opera Pacific, sang Carmina Burana in Tijuana, and Bocherini’s La Clementina in Monte Carlo, Italy. She has performed many times with the San Diego Symphony and University of San Diego, and has also sung as soloist in concert with the Orquesta de Baja California, the La Jolla Symphony and with the Imperial Valley Symphony.
Miss Ábrego began her studies at the Baja California Music Conservatory, later studied with Mary McKenzie at San Diego State University before earning her Bachelor’s Degree at the Manhattan School of Music. Now living in New York, she is a member of the Pacific Opera Company and toured Boston, Philadelphia and the tri-state area with Pacific Symphony in 2005.


The San Diego Children’s Choir not only celebrates the talents of kids in our community but also understands the importance of music in our lives. The Choir is open to girls and boys ages 4-18 from all racial, ethnic, religious and economic backgrounds. We maintain and continue to cultivate an organization where music is not only taught, but also revered for being a building tool for confidence and responsibility.
SDCC was founded in 1990 under the direction of Polly Campbell, a devoted music lover and educator until her passing in 2000. We began with a single branch and two choir levels and grew into five branches with four choir levels and over 250 participants. We also have a growing neighborhood outreach program that now spans City Heights, Imperial Beach and National City.
The Choir provides the youth of San Diego opportunities for artistic and personal growth through choral music performance. These young musicians focus on cultivating, blending and challenging their vocal abilities while being part of a proud group of choristers. The children are taught music theory, sight reading and tonal accuracy with consistent rehearsal schedules. Along with the many opportunities to sing within San Diego, the Choir has also shared our vocal stylings in Italy, Australia, England and other locales!
Our featured director, Michael Morgan, is an accomplished and passionate music educator who has been with SDCC for over 3 years. Mr. Morgan holds a degree in Music Education from Hampton University and continues to direct and conduct choir groups around the community. He has performed in many local and national organizations as well as served on the Board for the San Diego Master Chorale, Spreckels Organ Society and the African American Music Foundation. 

December 16 - December 17, 2011

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