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MSO will “Greet the Season”

with three choirs on Sunday, Dec. 5


Three area choirs will join the Manchester Symphony Orchestra for its holiday concert on Sunday, Dec. 5 in Cordier Auditorium.

With the college’s A Cappella Choir, the Manchester Choral Society and the Warsaw Singers, the 37-member orchestra directed by Suzanne Gindin will feature spirited music that celebrates the holiday season.  The performance begins at 3 p.m.; reservations are not necessary.

In addition to carols (including the traditional MSO audience sing-a-longs), the music will include the Overture to Der Freischutz by Carl Maria von Weber and Clarinet Concerto No.1 in C minor by Louis Spohr with guest soloist Jennifer Woodrum of the Rockford, Ill., Symphony. The orchestra will perform the Saint-Saens Christmas Oratorio with the all three choirs.

“We hope there is a little something for everyone as we bring this great music alive,” says Gindin, assistant professor of music at Manchester College.  The Overture has a brooding opening with a celebratory finish.  Christmas Oratorio features four vocal soloists, the choirs, organ and orchestra for a full and glorious sacred tribute to the season.

The Manchester Symphony season includes a March 6, 2005 concert and young people’s guide to the orchestra and three performances of The Sound of Music with college and community actors and singers May 6-8.

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