Carols and Light: Orchestra Kingston with Greater Kingston Chorus
“A Christmas Cracker of a show featuring the Hallelujah Chorus”
Friday 13 December 2019, 7:30pm “The Spire”
“Christmas Concerts at ‘The Spire’ with Orchestra Kingston are becoming a Holiday tradition,” says conductor John Palmer, about the popularity of these family-friendly, sing-along shows. “Audiences can take a break, relax, have fun, and sing along with the Chorus,” Palmer explains
“Carols & Light” promises to be another Christmas cracker of a performance, featuring Handel’s masterpiece from “Messiah”, the Hallelujah Chorus plus twenty-seven Holiday sing-along favourite carols and seasonal music.
Margaret Wheatley is a 15 year member of the Chorus, whose members come from Napanee, Belleville, Sydenham, Picton, Bath, Kingston, Gananoque, New York State and all points in between. “It’s our first time singing with Orchestra Kingston. Music is music, you know. We simply have to get together and share our music.”
Audience members can share in the fun by getting their tickets ($25/ $20 seniors & students/ free 16 years and under) at Eventbrite, Novel Idea, Tara Foods, Arden Music, choir and orchestra members, orchestrakingston.ca, greaterkingstonchorus.ca, and at the door.
The program will feature:
– Robert Sheldon’s “A Most Wonderful Christmas” medley (Winter Wonderland, I’ll Be Home for Christmas, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year);
– David Wilcox’s, “Carols” medley (The First Noel, O Come All Ye Faithful);
– Leroy Anderson’s “Christmas Festival” medley (Deck The Halls, Jingle Bells, Sleigh Ride);
– Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite” selections (March, Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, Dance of the Mirlitons, Arabian Dance, Russian Dance – Trepak); and,
– John Palmer’s “Christmas Past” medley (Carol of the Bells, Es ist Ein Ros’ Entsprungen, Coventry Carol, O Tannenbaum, Here We Come A-wassailing).
– Greater Kingston Chorus medley (Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Jingle Bell Rock Christmas in Killarney, Silver Bells; plus their Secret of Christmas Medley: Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree, Silver Bells, Jingle Bells);
and of course,
– Handel’s masterpiece from “Messiah”, the Hallelujah Chorus
Greater Kingston Chorus has been a chartered Chapter of Sweet Adelines since 1960. Their musicality won them First Place in International competitions in 2010 (Syracuse, N.Y.) and an invitation to The Harmony Classic International Competition in 2017 (Las Vegas). Co-Directors are Andria Coward and Susan Marriott (Napanee).
Orchestra Kingston is a community orchestra where professional musicians perform together with talented amateur players and, under the baton of professional composer, musician, and founding conductor John Palmer, have developed advanced skills in the orchestral repertoire for over a decade.
For more information, visit https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/carols-light-tickets-81488655763