Temecula Valley Symphony and chorus join for holiday concerts


The Temecula Valley Symphony’s upcoming concerts have what Symphony President Alana Joos calls “a stocking full of holiday spirit.”

The orchestra will be joined by the 50-member Temecula Valley Symphony Chorus the Golden Bears Theater at Temecula Valley High School for an afternoon and an evening performance of “Miraculous Wonder” on Saturday, Dec. 17.

“While much of the music is light to listen to, it is all very challenging for the orchestra,” Joos said in a recent interview.

An exception to the description of light is Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Mass in B minor.” The chorus will sing two selections from the mass, including “Gloria” and “Et in terra pax,” under the direction of Eric Rea.

The chorus which will also sing the Dan Forrest arrangement of “O Come, All Ye Faithful.” with Rea conducting.

“We were able to program two fantastic holiday overtures for the orchestra to perform,” Joos said.. “‘A Christmas Overture’ by Nigel Hess and ‘Holiday Overture’ by James Stephenson are exceptional works, with many familiar tunes woven masterfully together in a very complex arrangement.”

The orchestra’s music director and conductor, John Mario, will lead the symphony in Duke Ellington’s jazz arrangement of “Peanut Brittle Brigade” from Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” as well as Carmen Dragon’s arrangement of “Jingle Bell Fantasy.

Associate Conductor Zun-Hin Woo will conduct selections of music from the animated film “Frozen.” ”

The orchestra and chorus will also join together for “Gloria” by Randol Alan Bass.

“This is a complicated work for orchestra and chorus, with constant tempo and mood changes,” Joos said.

Audience members will become the chorus for a holiday sing-along, featuring familiar carols such as “Joy to the World,” “Deck the Halls” and “Angels We Have Heard on High.”

“This is truly a heart-warming holiday concert,” Joos said. “We encourage everyone to wear their favorite Christmas sweater, don a Santa’s hat, and bring the kids. Our concert includes everything from jazz to classical with arrangements of holiday favorites presented with a new twist.”



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