Santa Claus AND the VSO are comin' to town. Vermont's own symphony orchestra will ring in the holiday season this December with two traditional programs in music halls around the state.
The exuberant VSO Holiday Pops concert presents a celebration of the season, "All I Want for Christmas...." The program is packed with holiday favorites--the Nutcracker, Silver Bells, Greensleeves, Sleigh Ride--plus a medley of Christmas movie music (from Miracle on 34th Street to the Polar Express). Musical stocking stuffers include the popular VSO sing-along, a student composition based on six tiny stories, and some lighthearted observations about the season from VSO musicians. Anthony Princiotti conducts this joyful concert of new holiday favorites and seasonal classics.
Performances are Friday, December 11, 7:30 p.m. at the Barre Opera House; Saturday, December 12, 7:30 p.m. at the Flynn Center in Burlington; and Sunday, December 13, 3 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre, Rutland. The Rutland program is the first performance in the VSO's three-concert Sunday Matinee Series.
For mystical and majestic holiday music, Robert De Cormier returns to lead the VSO
Brass Quintet and Counterpoint in a festive combination of works perfect for the holidays.
Brass and voices alternate and join forces for a rich range of holiday repertoire, including traditional carols and Renaissance dances. This classic music of the season is performed in picturesque, intimate settings in four Vermont communities: Thursday, December 17, 7:30 p.m., Warren United Church in Warren; Friday, December 18, 7:30 p.m., Brandon Congregational Church in Brandon; Saturday, December 19, 5 p.m., The White Church in Grafton; and Sunday, December 20, 4 p.m., the First Congregational Church in Manchester.
Again this year, holiday audiences may also enjoy VSO music at home, on CD. The VSO offers the brilliant brass and voices of "Christmas in Vermont," with organist David Neiweem. The popular CD presents a captivating blend of rarely heard gems and seasonal favorites. It's available at concerts and through the VSO office for $15 with a $3 handling and shipping charge.
Join the VSO for visions of sugarplums and a festive celebration of the season.
For tickets, CDs or additional information, including a list of retail outlets that also sell the CD, please call 800-VSO-9293, ext. 10, or visit online at www.vso.org.