The Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra, under the musical direction of Reuben Blundell, will present a holiday concert on Sunday, Dec. 2 at 3 PM at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center.
The concert features exquisite seasonal music and is a celebration of young talent.
The holiday concert opens with “Finlandia” by Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. Next in the lineup is “Zigeunerwisen” by Spanish composer Pablo de Sarasate and featuring violinist Lea Wang, winner of the 2018 Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra’s Irving Ludwig Competition.
Following is Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride” and then “Light” by Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Higdon, one of America’s most performed living composers. Next is “A Christmas Fantasy” composed by the Ann Wyeth McCoy, the youngest sister of Andrew Wyeth, when she was just 18 years old. The New York Times described her music as reflecting “the atmosphere of her home, inspired by the spirit of the holidays.”
The orchestra continues its celebration of youth collaborating with the Upper Darby High School choir on “All Bells of Paradise” by British composer John Rutter. Next, the Upper Darby High School choir performs a cappella selections, including “Stille Nacht” arranged by Priano and “Wade in the Water” arranged by Gibbs. The orchestra then joins the choir to perform Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas.”
The finale brings the audience, musicians, and young singers together with Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus” from “The Messiah.”
Tickets can be purchased by clicking here or by calling the box office at 610-622-1189.
Blundell and the orchestra’s debut CD, American Romantics III, is a nominee for the 61st Grammy Awards in the Best Orchestral Performance category.