Due to the pandemic, there will be no audience at this concert.
SYMPHONY PREVIEW with Maestro Grant Harville December 10 at 12pm. Click here to watch on YouTube Live.
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Enjoy some musical holiday spirit!
Fantasia on Greensleeves
Ralph Vaughan Williams
1872 - 1958
Musically, Ralph Vaughan Williams was a late developer, not finding his true voice until his late thirties; his studies in 1907- 1908 with the French composer Maurice Ravel helped him clarify the textures of his music and break away from German style influences. His works include operas, ballets, chamber music, secular and religious vocal pieces and orchestral compositions including nine symphonies, written over sixty years.
W. Mark Harrell
An English Christmas
W. Mark Harrell
A cup of wassail and this glowing arrangement of traditional English Christmas songs, including God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, The Holly and the Ivy, Here We Come A-Wassailing, In the Bleak Mid-Winter and more, are sure to bring a bit of warmth to your spirits.
Ralph Vaughan Williams
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Steve Olson is a Great Falls teacher and composer who put together an orchestra that gives younger members the opportunity to rehearse and perform alongside more seasoned musicians. Along with singer Joel Corda, the Steve Olson Orchestra is featured on “Merry Christmas from Great Falls, Montana.” Snow Day is an original instrumental work included on the recording. Olson also made new arrangements of popular Christmas music for the project. A native of Belt, Olson teaches high school music and is involved in numerous musical projects, including the Big Sky Telemann players, a baroque music ensemble, and Act I Theatre Company.
During a Christmas concert at CM Russell High School in 2016, Steve Olson conducts the Steve Olson Orchestra, a group made from members of the Great Falls Symphony, Youth Orchestra, Municipal Band and both Great Falls high schools’ music programs.
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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
1840 - 1893
Tchaikovsky composed his famous music for
The Nutcracker in 1891. Iain Farrington’s arrangement (in addition to rendering the holiday staple feasible for a socially distant orchestra) captures the great delicacy of the ballet while still maintaining the stirring vibrancy of favorites like the Russian Dance and Waltz of the Flowers. Farrington also includes the often-omitted Spanish (or Chocolate) Dance, a hybrid of waltz and fandango.
Suite of Carols
1908 - 1975
Leroy Anderson had a special feeling for the season. About his Suite of Carols he said, “I didn’t just want to make medleys of them, that’s the usual thing. In treating them instrumentally, I thought I’d try to get something that would give a little more scope and be a little different ... I decided that I would make a suite of carols. Except that the one suite turned out to be three suites because of the fact that carols have a great deal of variety and it seemed that one particular carol would sound best with string orchestra, and another one would sound much better with a brass choir, and another would call for the color that you get from woodwinds; so I finally finished by writing three suites of carols, three different ones–one is a string orchestra, one for brass choir, and one for woodwind ensemble.”
Delvyn Case is a composer, conductor, scholar, performer, concert producer, and educator based in the Boston area. In an interview, Case explained that Rocket Sleigh reflects not only his interest in penning a popular piece of music, but also his lifelong love for Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride. “My intention was that my piece would be a modern version. I wanted to evoke the idea of Santa leaving behind his reindeer-powered vehicle for a modern, rocket-fueled version, and to write it so that it sounded like movie music in order to create an image.” The four-minute piece has been praised by critics for its “fast,” “exciting,” and “irresistibly catchy” qualities.