Ring With Holiday Cheer At Pacific Symphony's HOLIDAY ORGAN SPECTACULAR
Let the holiday ring with the sounds of the organ as the musicans of Pacific Symphony join forces with the $3.1 million William J. Gillespie Concert Organ in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall for the "Holiday Organ Spectacular Concert" with guest artist and host Todd Miller, and featuring solos from Pacific Symphony musicians Barry Perkins, trumpet; Mindy Ball, harp; Joseph Morris, clarinet; Elliot Morreau, basson; and Dennis Kim, concertmaster.
Besides a grand repertoire of traditional organ works played by Todd Miller, the musicians will also play a collection of classic holiday selections of both sacred and secular music from Ogarrd's "Christmas Fantasy for Violin and Organ," Bach's Prelude on "In Dulci Jubilo," "O Come, O Come Emmanuel" and Handel's "Hallelujah" Chorus from Messiah. Favorite traditional carols will include "I'll Be Home for Christmas," "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" and "The Little Drummer Boy," to name a few. To round out the festivities, the musicians will invite the audience members to join in the holiday celebration with a round of cheerful sing-along tunes: "Silent Night," "Joy to the World" and "We Wish You A Merry Christmas."
The "Holiday Organ Spectacular Concert," sponsored by Valerie and Barry Hon takes place on Thursday, Dec. 18 at 7:30 p.m. with doors opening at 6 p.m. As in years past, The Laguna Flutes will also be performing a pre-concert show in the lobby from 6:30-7:15 p.m., performing holiday favorites, including a jazzy version of "Greenselves" arranged by Robert Maddox. Tickets for the "Holiday Organ Spectacular" start at just $18. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call the box office at (714) 755-5799 or visit the website www.PacificSymphony.org.
Todd Wilson is the head of the Organ Department at the Clevand Institute of Music and the Director of the Music and Worship at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Cleveland. He also is the Curator of the E.M. Skinner pipe organ at Severance Hall and House Organist for the Aeolioan Organ at the Stan Hywet and Gardens Hall in Akron, Ohio.
Laguna Flutes is a 25-member ensemble of professional musicians and music teachers from Orange County, Riverside and Los Angeles, directed by Cynthia Ellis. Founded 10 years ago, the Laguna Flutes is all an all-flute group from piccolo to alto and bass flutes. The group has played for the San Diego Flute Guild, The Willows Community, South Coast Plaza and at the Methodist Church in Fullerton and at Pacific Symphony concerts. Their season runs from September to June including special December and spring concerts.