All aboard for the sounds and songs of the holidays,
including delights from Polar Express, Magic Toyshop,
A Charlie Brown Christmas, and Home Alone.
MUSIC DIRECTOR & CONDUCTOR
Polar Express ...... Silvestri/Brubaker
Choral Piece TBD ..... Composer Name
The Magic Toyshop ...... Rossini/Respighi
Charlie Brown Christmas ...... Guaraldi/Pugh
Three songs from
Home Alone ...... John Williams
Song-A-Long ...... Arranger Name
Sleigh Ride ...... Leroy Anderson
SEASON SPONSORED BY
December 6 2020
Come in from the cold for a heartwarming concert
filled with a spirit of magic and childlike wonder.
Jingle All the Way
Alan Anthony Silvestri, an American composer and conductor known for his film and television scores, received an Academy Award nomination, a Golden Globe Award, and a Grammy for Believe from The Polar Express. The story follows a young boy’s Christmas Eve adventure to the North Pole where he discovers the joy of believing.
While the Suite from The Magic Toyshop––from the ballet by that name––might sound familiar to fans of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, it is actually the work of Italian composer Ottorino Respighi. Interestingly enough, Respighi based his music for the ballet on piano pieces by Gioachino Rossini.
Since 1965, the animated television special A Charlie Brown Christmas, with its untraditional jazzy sounds, has become an annual holiday tradition. Vince Guaraldi, an American jazz pianist noted for his innovative compositions and arrangements, was chosen to score the music by the television special’s producer, Lee Mendelson, who had heard Guaraldi’s Cast Your Fate to the Wind on the radio while riding in a taxi. The soundtrack, which has gone triple platinum for sales of four million copies, is one of the top best-selling Christmas/holiday albums in the United States.
The music from Home Alone, including the song Somewhere in My Memory, earned composer John Williams two Academy Award nominations for Best Original Score and Best Original Song. The movie, which was the highest-grossing live-action comedy film of all time for two decades, also features the songs Star of Bethlehem and Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas. The Symphonic Choir joins the orchestra for this song trio.
It wouldn’t be our holiday concert without everyone joining in for a jolly carol singalong and our annual guest conductor taking us on Leroy Anderson’s exhilarating Sleigh Ride. David Saslav will wield the baton for this year’s rendition.