Pacifica rekindles kid-friendly Christmas concert in Everett

  • By Theresa Goffredo Herald Writer
  • Wednesday, December 7, 2011 5:44pm
  • LifeGo-See-Do

Members of the Pacifica Chamber Orchestra invite families to a “very kid-friendly” Christmas singalong Sunday.

“We started the tradition last year and it was so successful we wanted to do it again this year with different carols,” Pacifica’s artistic director Fred Chu said.

This year children and their families can join in and be backed by a live orchestra to sing such selections as “Deck the Halls” and “Jinglebells” along with the famous Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s “Messiah.”

The Hallelujah Chorus music will be provided and Chu will conduct.

Before the singalong, however, Pacifica Chamber Orchestra will present an energetic program of joyful classical pieces.

The program includes a piece from early classical, “Symphony in F major,” by C.P.E. Bach, the youngest son of Johan Sebastian Bach.

“It’s a very suitable piece for the holidays, so joyful,” Chu said.

Then the orchestra will perform a surprise piece, followed by a selection of French dances by Scherrer, “Altfranzosische Tanze.”

The orchestra then performs Mozart’s “Sinfonia Concertante,” considered among the composer’s most virtuosic pieces and one of the most popular of Mozart’s symphonies, Chu said.

Chu will play violin in this piece joined by viola player James Bielman.

The singalong follows.

Pacifica Chamber Orchestra’s Christmas Concert begins at 3 p.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church, 2936 Rockefeller Ave, Everett. Tickets are $15 and $10. Call 425-743-0255 or go to www.pacificachamberorchestra.org/index.html.

“Holiday Magic: A World of Celebrations”: Sno-King Community Chorale is featuring Christmas from around the world in its holiday concert Saturday.

The chorale will perform music from Spain, Germany, Italy, England, Japan, Kenya and other countries, according to press material about the concert.

There will also be a reading of the season’s heartwarming story, “Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus!”

“Holiday Magic” begins at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. N, Edmonds.

Tickets are $20, $15 and $10. Call ECA at 425-275-9595 or online at ec4arts.org or www.sno-kingchorale.org.

Holiday Concert: Cascade Symphony Orchestra will perform a selection of holiday music and dance by Tchaikovsky, Leroy Anderson and others on Monday at Edmonds Center for the Arts.

The show features dancers Polina Dickenson and Nathan Murstein, both 11 years old and both USA National Champions who competed on the 2010 Junior USA Team in Blackpool, UK.

The concert also includes a singalong of favorite choruses from Handel’s “Messiah,” including “Lift Up Your Heads, O Ye Gates,” “And the Glory of the Lord” and “Hallelujah Chorus.”

Cascade Symphony Orchestra’s Holiday Concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. N, Edmonds.

Tickets are $25, $20 seniors, $15 students and $10 youth. Call ECA at 425-275-9595 or go to www.cascadesymphony.org.

Theresa Goffredo: 425-339-3424; goffredo@heraldnet.com.

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