Wednesday, 08 December 2010 10:11
Richard Eaton Singers lend their beautiful voices in a stirring Christmas cantata
Glad Tidings – A Lightly Classical Christmas
All is calm and all is bright this season with your Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. Continuing their holiday concerts at the Francis Winspear Centre for Music, the ESO is joined by Richard Eaton Singers and guest conductor Bob Bernhardt in sharing classical and traditional favourites of the season, including Tiomkin’s Suite from It’s a Wonderful Life, and Bass’ moving Glad Tidings for chorus and orchestra, featuring narrator Archbishop Richard Smith.
An accomplished composer, arranger, conductor and performer, Randol Bass has achieved an impressive array of performances and commissions by prestigious orchestras and ensembles throughout the U.S. and Europe. His Christmas cantata, Glad Tidings, was originally commissioned and recorded by the Houston Symphony and Chorus.
For the first time, the ESO is honoured to have the head of the Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton, Archbishop Richard Smith, narrate the texts from scripture that accompany the beautiful, traditional Christmas music of Glad Tidings. The Archdiocese celebrates its centenary next year, making the Archbishop’s appearance with us all the more significant.
One of the holiday season’s most identifiable hits – Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride – wasn’t actually intended to be a Christmas piece but rather composed to convey the entire winter season through the imagery of a sleigh ride. Jeff Tyzik’s Chanukah Suite, featuring several songs from over the centuries of the ancient Jewish Festival of Lights, and Dimitri Tiomkin’s suite scored for Frank Capra’s holiday classic It’s a Wonderful Life will also be performed by your ESO. Traditional carols including We Wish You a Merry Christmas, Good King Wenceslas, The First Noël, plus the closing moments from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker complete this lightly classical concert program.
Ticket prices for this Robbins Lighter Classics performance range from $20 – $71 (agency fees apply). Call the Winspear Centre Box Office at (780) 428-1414, 1-800-563-5081, or purchase online
The Winspear Centre is collecting non-perishable food items for Edmonton’s Food Bank at concerts throughout the month of December.
Thank you to our generous supporters of the Robbins Lighter Classics series, Bill & Mary Jo Robbins, and our series media sponsors Espace musique and Global Edmonton.
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