Brockport Symphony Orchestra presents annual Holiday Pops Concert

By on November 28, 2016

Celebrating a Brockport tradition, the Brockport Symphony Orchestra will present their 7th Annual Holiday Pops Concert on Saturday, December 3 at 4 p.m. in the historic sanctuary at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 14 State Street in the Village of Brockport. Admission and parking are free, and donations to the orchestra with a portion for St. Luke’s and canned items for the Brockport Ecumenical Food Shelf will be gratefully accepted at the door.

Under the baton of music director Jonathan Allentoff, this concert will feature special appearances by award-winning Yamaha Flute Artist Tracy Harris, nationally acclaimed vocalist Mary Wojciechowski, and noted film lecturer and author, Dr. Sidney Rosenzweig.

Harris will premiere two new works for flute and orchestra composed by Todd Harris, “Reimagining the First Noel” and “Joy to the World Frostily Reimagined.”

Paying tribute to the songs featured in holiday films, Wojciechowski will perform “Do You Want to Build a Snowman” from Frozen, “Somewhere in My Memory” from Home Alone 2, and “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. She will also sing “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Ives and the traditional Chanukah song, “Rock of Ages.”

Rosenzweig, lecturer of film at The College at Brockport and author of “Casablanca and Other Major Films of Michael Curtiz,” will give a special introduction to Edison’s 1905 silent film, “The Night Before Christmas.” The movie will be showcased on screen as the orchestra performs Allentoff’s new score.

The program also includes “Bourrees 1 & 2 from Orchestral Suite No. 4” by J. S. Bach and “In the Bleak Midwinter” by Gustav Holst.

Everyone is invited to sing-along with Mary and the orchestra for “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.” A dessert reception will follow the concert in Parish Hall. For additional information, visit www.brockportsymphony.org.

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