The Great Falls Symphony Association presents Holiday Harmony





$31-$37 adult

$5 student (if purchased at box office by Friday, December 1)

$10 Student (if purchased the day of the performance)


Tickets: Mansfield Box Office, 406.455.8514

Open M-F, 11:00 am to 4:30 pm and from 1:30 - 3:00 pm Sunday

Online 24/7 at or


Contact:               Hillary Rose Shepherd, Great Falls Symphony, 406.453.4102

                                Grant Harville, Music Director/Conductor: 406.453.4102

                                Paul Ritter, Choir Conductor: 406.453.4102

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The Great Falls Symphony continues the 2017-18 Silver Series season, presented by D.A. Davidson Companies, with Holiday Harmony, sponsored by Peak West Bank Landing, and featuring the Great Falls Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Choir on Sunday, December 3, 3:00 pm at the Mansfield Theater. Santa may make an appearance at the Symphony! Please arrive at least 45 minutes early if purchasing tickets the day of the concert. Avoid the long line at the box office and don’t miss a minute of the performance by purchasing tickets today.


The following program will be presented Sunday afternoon:

Polonaise from Christmas Eve by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1874-1934)

Identity and The Ground from Sunrise Mass by Ola Gjeilo* (1978 -)

                *in memory of Cindy Addison

Karolju by Christopher Rouse (1949 -)

Serenade of Carols by Morton Gould (1913 – 1996)

Christmas Day by Gustav Holst (1874 – 1934)

An Evergreen Christmas arranged by Robert Wendel (1951 -)

Sleigh Ride by Leroy Anderson (1908 – 1975)


Rimsky-Korsakov based his opera Christmas Eve on a story from Nikolai Gogol’s collection Evenings on a Farm Near Dikanka. These stories are heavily influenced by the Ukranian folklore of Gogol’s childhood and include many elements of the supernatural and macabre (Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain was inspired by another story from the same set). A polonaise is a moderate-tempo triple-meter dance originating in Poland which was in turn adopted by the nobility for ceremonial and festive occasions.

Norway native Ola Gjeilo wrote the Sunrise Mass for a pair of Norwegian choirs in 2007. Gjeilo describes the piece as a journey in which “the self, having experienced each movement in the work, now has the perspective and understanding to peacefully contain everything it has gone through.” The concluding movement, Identity and The Ground, occupies the place of the Sanctus and Agnus dei in the traditional Mass ordinary. The Identity portion symbolizes the individual, incorporating a delicate, warm-colored violin solo above the choral line. This movement is thoughtfully dedicated to the memory of Cindy Addison, who passed away in June of this year after a bold and inspiring battle with pancreatic cancer. She was an irreplaceable asset to the Symphony and the community for over 35 years as an excellent pianist, choir accompanist, organist, teacher, and advocate for excellence in music.

In the early 1980’s, Christopher Rouse conceived a plan to compose a collection of Christmas carols couched in an overall form similar to that of Karl Orff’s Carmina Burana. But it wasn’t until almost a decade later, when Karolju was commissioned by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, that Rouse was able to begin serious work on this collection. He says, “Finding appropriate texts to fit already composed music would have been impossible, as I did not trust my own ability to devise a poetically satisfying text. I decided to compose my own texts in a variety of languages (Latin, Swedish, French, Spanish, Russian, Czech, German, and Italian) which, although making reference to words and phrases appropriate to the Christmas season, would not intelligibly translate as complete entities. It was rather my intent to match the sound of the language to the musical style of the carol to which it was applied.” This piece sounds like a series of familiar Christmas tunes that you never actually heard before.

Morton Gould occupies a unique place in American music, moving easily between composing and arranging, conducting and bandleading, and serious and popular music. The title Serenade of Carols suggests a seriousness of treatment that Christmas music rarely receives: the word ‘serenade’ may not imply the sort of rigorous construction of a symphony, but it does refer to a multi-movement composition with a history going back through Dvorak, Tchaikovsky, and Mozart:

  1. We Three Kings; The Babe of Bethlehem; Rocking, What Child is This

  2. Boar’s Head Carol; Patapan; Carol of Service

  3. Come, Love We God; Coventry Carol; The Holly & The Ivy

  4. Irish Carol; God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen; Wassail Song, My Dancing Day


Known primarily for his gigantic orchestral suite The Planets, English composer Gustav Holst spent most of his career as an educator. Holst dedicated Christmas Day, a collection of traditional English carols, to his students at Morley College, where he taught from 1907 to 1924. Featured in the work are “Good Christian Men, Rejoice;” “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen;” “Come Ye Lofty, Come Ye Lowly;” and “The First Nowell.”

The Silver Series season will continue on Saturday, February 10 at 7:30 pm with Love is in the Air—a shortened one-hour date-night performance without intermission that will feature nationally acclaimed violinist, William Hagen as he performs Dvorak’s beautiful Romance and Saint-Saens’ dazzling Rondo Capriccioso.

Give the gift of the transformative Symphony experience this holiday season. Contact the Symphony office at 406-453-4102 or at 11 3rd Street North (in the Davidson Plaza) to inquire about the Any Time Pack. Purchase four single-ticket vouchers for the value pack price of $100 and your loved one can redeem them in any combination for the remaining concerts of the season.



The Great Falls Symphony’s mission is to infuse cultural vibrancy into the Great Falls community through transformative music events and education programs. We strongly believe in developing a legacy for our future through the enrichment of our youth, and we believe that the Symphony should be accessible to all. That’s why the Great Falls Symphony proudly offers the NEW Student Ticket Program.

This program allows for all students age 20 and under to be able to obtain a reserved Symphony ticket for the low cost of $5 per concert, if purchased in advance. The reduced rate offers students the ability to experience high quality, live symphonic music all season long in the seat of their choice. In partnership with 1st Liberty Federal Credit Union, we are able to bring this extraordinary opportunity to the students of the Great Falls community and beyond.

Student Tickets are $10 if purchased the day of the concert. To take advantage of this amazing $5 Student Ticket offer, tickets must be purchased at the Mansfield box office window on or before the Friday prior to the concert.

Single admission tickets for Sunday’s concert are available at the Civic Center Mansfield Box Office at 2 Park Drive South, Great Falls; by phone at 406.455.8514 (open Monday-Friday 11:00 am to 4:30 pm); or online 24-hours at  Single tickets are $31-$37 for adults, $5 for students 20 and under, if purchased in advance or $10 at the door.  On the day of the concert, the box office in the theater lobby will open at 1:30 pm for ticket sales. For more information, contact the Great Falls Symphony at 406.453.4102 or at

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