Thursday, December 20, 2018 | Vernon | 7:00PM
Friday, December 21, 2018 | Kelowna | 7:30PM
Saturday, December 22, 2018 | Penticton | 2:00PM
MUSIC DIRECTOR | Rosemary Thomson
GUEST ARTISTS | Okanagan Symphony Youth Chorus, Rosemary Thomson, Director
Garry Gable, Narrator & Bass-Baritone
Leroy Anderson Christmas Festival
Gary Fry A Child’s Christmas in Wales
arr. Harry Simeone Twas the Night Before Christmas
Albert Hague How the Grinch Stole Christmas
WHAT’S INTERESTING ABOUT THIS CONCERT?
- The poem we call Twas the Night Before Christmas is actually titled “A Visit from St. Nicholas” and is largely responsible for some of the modern conceptions of Santa Claus, as well as having a massive impact on the history of Christmas gift giving!
- Composer Gary Fry was commissioned by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to compose A Child’s Christmas in Wales based on excerpts from Dylan Thomas’ famous recollections of childhood Christmases.
- Christmas Festival was written as a concert overture when Leroy Anderson was working as arranger and orchestrator for the Boston Pops. Anderson took the most popular and best known Christmas songs of the day and tried to give instrumental treatment to them. It has become a staple in orchestral Christmas repertoire.