A magical train embarks on a journey to the North Pole

Feel the spirit embodied in the music and song of the season

3:00pm Mansfield Theater

Why You Shouldn't Miss It

 

Alan Silvestri

arr. Jerry Brubaker

Polar Express

"Believe" from this soundtrack received a Best Song Oscar nomination.

Philip Lane

Old Christmas Music
Seasonal works from the 16th - 20th centuries.

John Rutter

Gloria
"Exalted, devotional and jubilant" choral work.

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

Christmas Overture

A masterful instrumental arrangement of well-known favorites.

Craig Courtney

A Musicological Journey–
Twelve Days of Christmas

A delightful Christmas concert gem.

Gary Fry

Sing the Carols of Christmas

Your chance to sing with us!

PAM LEMELIN

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ADDITIONAL TIDBITS

Alan Silvestri

arr. Jerry Brubaker

Polar Express

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6 MINUTES

Alan Silvestri is an American composer and conductor of film and television scores. He has been associated with director Robert Zemeckis since 1984, composing music for all of his feature films including the Back to the Future film series, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Forrest Gump, Cast Away, and The Polar Express. Silvestri has received two Academy Award nominations, one for Best Original Score for Forrest Gump (1994) and one for Best Original Song for “Believe” on The Polar Express soundtrack (2004).

Philip Lane

Old Christmas Music

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11 MINUTES

Lane, an English composer and musicologist, compiled arrangements of seasonal works from the 16th to 20th centuries. 

John Rutter
Gloria

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18 MINUTES

Rutter himself describes this work as analogous to a symphony, with three movements— fast, slow, fast, in common with symphonic practice. It is “exalted, devotional and jubilant by turns,” says Rutter. “The outer movements make quite a joyful noise unto the Lord,” and the middle movement is “soft and introspective.”

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

Christmas Overture

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6 MINUTES

See how many of your old favorite carols you can pick out of this masterful instrumental arrangement.

Craig Courtney
A Musicological Journey through the Twelve Days of Christmas

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12 MINUTES

A delightful Christmas concert gem, this 12-minute journey starts with a chant and each successive day finds a different hilarious parody: Handel; Vivaldi; Mozart; Strauss; Tchaikovsky; Wagner and others all make incognito appearances, ending with the twelfth day set to a pseudo-Sousa Stars and Stripes Forever. 

Gary Fry

Sing the Carols of Christmas

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6 MINUTES

An audience sing-along medley of O Come All Ye Faithful, O Little Town of Bethlehem, What Child Is This, and Hark! the Herald Angels Sing. 

Leroy Anderson

Sleigh Ride

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3 MINUTES

This perennial favorite ends the concert with a guest conductor.

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Single Tickets
On Sale Monday, November 7

December 4 2022

GRANT HARVILLE
MUSIC DIRECTOR & CONDUCTOR
SEASON SPONSORED BY
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