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W. Mich. Symphony to present ‘Sights and Sounds of the Season’

Anonymous • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:14 AM

Sights and Sounds of the Season” on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 9-10. The shows will begin at 7:30 both nights.

Under the direction of guest conductor John Thomas Dodson, the annual concert will feature holiday pop favorites like “White Christmas,” “Sleigh Ride” and the “Christmas Song.” The evening will also feature carols from around the world and across the centuries — including two medleys of Dodson’s own settings of traditional carols such as “The Holly and the Ivy,” “I Saw Three Ships,” “O Come Emmanuel” and “Bring a Torch, Jeanette Isabella.”

Back again is the annual audience holiday sing-along. Joining WMS for the evening will be the Muskegon Chamber Choir, directed by David Wikman; and the Grand Haven High School Chamber Choir, directed by Shirley Lemon.

“For many families, the holiday pops concert is a holiday tradition,” Dodson said. “They come each year to enjoy the orchestra’s spectacular sound. All the music has been chosen with an eye toward presenting the orchestra in high-quality arrangements and in bringing the choruses to the forefront as our guest artists for the concert. They’ll conclude the evening with the ‘Hallelujah Chorus’ from Handel’s ‘Messiah.’”

Dodson currently serves as music director of the Adrian (Mich.) Symphony Orchestra and as artistic director of conciertos de la Villa de Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic.

Single tickets for this concert are $15, $31 and $42. They may be purchased online at www.westmichigansymphony.org; in person at the West Michigan Symphony ticket office, Suite 409 (fourth floor of the Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts), 425 W. Western Ave. in Muskegon; or by calling 231-726-3231. Student tickets are $5 but not available online.

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