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'Symphony of the Hills' Christmas Concert


Symphony of the Hills presents a variety of popular holiday tunes for its "Christmas Favorites: Joy!" concert on Thursday, Dec. 4, at the Cailloux Theater in Kerrville. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. with pre-concert wine reception hosted by The Cailloux Foundation at 6:30 pm. The concert is sponsored by James Avery Jewelers.
The evening's program celebrates the joy of the holiday season with several arrangements of carols and popular holiday tunes. Robert Sheldon takes a popular approach in A Most Wonderful Christmas. His one-movement medley features popular holiday tunes rather than traditional carols, including "Winter Wonderland," "I'll be Home for Christmas," "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.
In the choral pieces, Robert Shaw offers The Many Moods of Christmas, Suite III. The entire work is divided into four suites, the third featuring the carols "What Child is This?" "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," "Bring a Torch, Jeannette Isabella" and "Angels We Have Heard on High."
Gustav Holst's Christmas Day: Choral Fantasy on Old Carols reflects his interest in British folk culture, as the carol itself is an English tradition.
Victor Hely-Hutchinson's A Carol Symphony is modeled after a four-movement symphony. Each of the four movements, which are played uninterrupted, features a setting of a different Christmas carol.
Festive Sounds of Hanukkah, arranged by Bill Holcombe, also combines celebratory holiday songs of varying moods and origins.
The program closes with an encore by American composer Leroy Anderson. Anderson composed many of the most popular light classics of the 1940s and 50s, which were introduced and popularized by Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops Orchestra. These include the perennial Christmas favorite, "Sleigh Ride."
The orchestra will be joined by the Grand Symphony Chorus, made up of voices from Schreiner University and area groups, and under the direction of Lynda Ables.
Dr. Eugene Dowdy, associate conductor and associate concertmaster, will conduct the Christmas concert. Dr. Jay Dunnahoo is conductor and artistic director.
Tickets are available online at www.symphonyofthehills.org/tickets, or by calling 830-792-7469. More information is online at www.symphonyofthehills.org.