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The Wayfaring Project

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Pacific Chorale’s Summer 2021 digital production, the original concert film The Wayfaring Project, takes us on a journey that acknowledges and honors the profound dislocation and uncertainty most of us have faced during the past year, while looking ahead to the future with hope and assurance that we are at last “going home.”

Created in collaboration with Arts Laureate and award-winning cinematographer Jeff Dolen Productions, The Wayfaring Project features Pacific Chorale, members of Pacific Symphony, and soloists performing the music of J.S. Bach, Samuel Barber, Thomas A. Dorsey, Tarik O’Regan, Dolly Parton, and Moira Smiley. The complete concert received its world premiere screening on the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza at Segerstrom Center for the Arts August 21, 2021.

Light of a Clear Blue Morning Pacific Chorale


Pacific Chorale

Robert Istad, Artistic Director & Conductor

Featuring the singing of

Chelsea Chaves  •  Denean Dyson  •  Diana Farrell

Betty Feinblatt  •  Rebecca Hasquet  •  Eleen Hsu-Wentlandt

Katie Martini  •  Moira Smiley  •  Sammy Salvador

Joseph Loi, flute

David Clemensen, piano

Members of Pacific Symphony

Film Production by Arts Laureate and Jeff Dolen Productions

J.S. Bach
Samuel Barber
Thomas A. Dorsey
Randall Thompson
Tarik O’Regan
Dolly Parton
Moira Smiley


Featured Works in the Film

Select a title to learn more

Jesu, meine Freude (Bach)

Wayfaring Stranger (Smiley)

Take My Hand, Precious Lord (Dorsey)

All Things Common CD cover

All Things Common (O’Regan)

Wayfaring Project Alleluia

Alleluia (Thompson)

Light of a Clear Blue Morning Pacific Chorale

Light of a Clear Blue Morning (Parton)

Sure on This Shining Night (Barber)



“The path we have made in The Wayfaring Project itself mirrors Rob’s beautiful programming and our journey through the pandemic. There is one all-virtual work created entirely remotely (and from seven states!), three “hybrid” at-home/in-person music videos staged at the Segerstrom Center and Fullerton Arboretum, and four pieces performed in our magnificent acoustic home onstage. The film involves 125 artists and many dozens of production engineers, editors, and crew. Together, these interwoven elements create a one-hour experiment with a new form of production and presentation for Orange County’s professional choir. The Wayfaring Project is a powerful statement of our commitment to mission, and, like the light of a clear blue morning, offers a renewal of hope in our community.”

— Alex Nelson, Director of Artistic Production


Special Thanks

Pacific Chorale gratefully acknowledges its generous sponsors:

Platinum Season Sponsors, Phillip N. and Mary A. Lyons

Silver Season Sponsors, Charles and Ling Zhang


Pacific Chorale is grateful to the following funders for their ongoing and elevated support during the COVID-19 pandemic:

Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation

California Arts Council

California Small Business Administration

Capital Group Companies

Colburn Foundation

National Endowment for the Arts

Orange County Second District

OC Arts & Culture Resilience Fund

Pacific Life Foundation

Small Business Administration: Paycheck Protection Program

Shuttered Venue Operations Grant



We are thrilled to share that our Wayfaring Project Original Concert Film has officially been picked up for regional broadcast on PBS SoCal and KCET this December!

  • Friday, December 17, 08:00 pm on PBS SoCal
  • Wednesday, December 22, 08:00 pm on KCET

See all broadcast dates:

  • Saturday, December 18, 02:00 am on PBS SoCal
  • Thursday, December 23, 12:30 am on KCET
  • Thursday, December 23, 06:00 pm on PBS SoCal 2
  • Friday, December 24, 03:00 am on PBS SoCal 2
  • Friday, December 24, 10:00 am on PBS SoCal 2
  • Sunday, December 26, 07:00 pm on PBS SoCal 2
  • Wednesday, December 29, 12:00 am on PBS SoCal 2

It will also be available for on-demand streaming nationwide through the PBS app (free), KCET and the PBS SoCal website.

Pacific Chorale is committed to providing the highest quality performances and recordings of choral masterworks of the past, creating masterworks of the future, and educating audiences of all ages.

If you enjoyed this program, please consider a donation to Pacific Chorale so that we can continue to share our beloved artform with the community.

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Learn more from the artists who created the film, behind the scenes and in front of the camera!

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