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Chorale, symphony join forces for ‘Holiday Celebration’

Anonymous • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:16 AM

Conducting the concerts will be Ryan Kelly, artistic director of Holland Chorale; and Gabe Southard, guest conductor of the Holland Symphony.

The concerts will open with selections from the great oratorio masterworks — including “For Unto Us a Child Is Born” from Handel’s “Messiah,” “There Shall a Star from Jacob Come Forth” from Mendelssohn’s “Christus,” and “Achieved is the Glorious Work” from Haydn’s “The Creation.”

Chorus and orchestra will continue with a set of three carols set by Mark Riese: “I Saw Three Ships,” “What Child Is This?” and “God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen.”

Other carol favorites on the program will include the “Silent Night” by Mark David Johnson, “The First Nowell” set by Paul Halley and Paul Sjolund’s nostalgic “Away in a Manger,” and the audience will have an opportunity to participate in “A Holly and Jolly Sing-Along” arranged by James M. Stephenson.

The orchestra will offer two solo selections, “Sleigh Ride” by Leroy Anderson and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s beloved waltz from “Swan Lake.”

The chorale will also offer solo selections — including the sublime “Abendlied” by Josef Rheinberger, the joyful “Hodie Christus natus est” by the famed Dutch composer Jan Sweelinck, and the world premiere of “Saw You Never, in the Twilight” by chorale director Kelly.

The concert will close with a choral/orchestral suite from the classic holiday movie “It’s a Wonderful Life,” arranged by Patrick Russ and Paul Henning, with soloist Margie Amon.

Tickets are available in advance both online and at the offices of the chorale or the symphony in the Holland Area Arts Council building, 150 E. Eighth St., and by calling the chorale 616-494-0256 or symphony at 616-796-6780. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Advance tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for senior citizens, and $5 for students through college.


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