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Magical Holiday Concerts

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December 12, 2015 1:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.
December 13, 2015 1:30 p.m.
Hemmens Cultural Center

Stephen Squires, conductor
Marisa Buchheit, soprano
Elgin Master Chorale
Elgin Children’s Chorus
Midwest Dance Collective

The holidays are a perfect time of year to create musical memories together!  This year, concerts feature the talented soprano and Miss Illinois 2014 Marisa Buchheit as soloist and leading an audience sing-a-long! Bring your whole family to an ESO holiday concert and experience familiar holiday tunes like Sleigh Ride, Silent Night, the Nutcracker Suite and more, performed by the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, Elgin Master Chorale, Elgin Children’s Chorus and dances by soloists from the Midwest Dance Collective dance company.  And, don’t miss a special visitor from the North Pole!

Concerts are approximately two hours long, including a 25 minute intermission.

Complete Music List
O Come, All Ye Faithful
Ave Maria
“Laudamus te” from Gloria
“Evening Prayer” from Hansel & Gretel
Selections from The Nutcracker
Go Tell it on the Mountain
The Little Drummer Boy
I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
Deck the Hall
Do You Hear What I Hear?
March of the Toys
Christmas Fantasia
The Christmas Song
Santa Dear
Sleigh Ride
A Merry Christmas Sing Along
Christmastide
Silent Night / God Bless Us Everyone from Disney’s A Christmas Carol 

“As a musician, I start thinking about the holidays as soon as a rehearsal of holiday music begins.  I love the traditional carols, having gone to a little, rural church with a tradition of LOUD four-part singing – I mean these people could really belt it out and I loved it.

My favorite memories of the holidays are my grandmother’s molasses cookies, and the cinnamon rolls she made every Christmas morning.  Also, I love a beautifully lit Christmas tree in a dark room – no other lights.  To me that is as mesmerizing as a campfire.”

Stephen Squires, ESO Resident Conductor

Concert Sponsors

S.E. Ainsworth
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W.R. Meadows
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