The holidays may be over for most people, but workers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge are planning one last musical hurrah.
The JPL Chorus will perform holiday songs at their second free winter concert at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 7 with the Donald Brinegar Singers at Pasadena City College’s Westerbeck Recital Hall.
The chorus, made up of around 50 scientists, engineers, and other JPL workers, formed in 2012. Many of the members have a background in music and two engineers composed and arranged pieces for the concert.
Todd Barber, one of the composers, is a senior propulsion engineer at JPL. He flew the Mars rover Curiosity before it landed on the Red Planet and now works on Cassini, a Saturn spacecraft.
In his spare time, he sings in choral groups. Besides the JPL Chorus, he is a member of two bands and a church choir. He also plays piano.