The Inland Valley Symphony dazzled audiences in September with classic selections from the Disney canon (“Disney In Concert: Tale As Old As Time”) and spooked them a little in October with an amazing Halloween production of “Thriller.”
This December, they’ll celebrate the Christmas holidays.
Led by Conductor/Maestro Anthony Parnther, the Inland Valley Symphony will perform Christmas classics at the 3rd annual “A Christmas Festival” concert Dec. 15 at the The Gershwin Performing Arts Center at Murrieta Mesa High School.
Two performances are scheduled: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Billed as “A Concert the Entire Family Will Enjoy,” guests can expect traditional Christmas orchestral pieces such as “The Glory of Christmas,” “Sleigh Ride,” “A Christmas Festival” and “Russian Christmas Music.”
“This is our third Christmas show with myself as orchestra conductor and it’s going to be the best one we’ve ever done,” said Inland Valley Symphony Maestro Anthony Parnther.
Parnther and his company of musicians will also be joined by the Temecula Valley Master Chorale, directed by John Byun, who will lead his choir through renditions of “Hallelujah Chorus,” well-known carols and selected pieces popularized by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
The orchestra will perform the first part of the evening, the chorale the middle, and the two will combine forces for the climactic third set.
“We’re going to also do a set by ourselves, a cappella and with with piano, from “O Holy Night” to “There Is No Rose of Such Virtue,” stated Byun. “We’re really looking forward to adding to the concert.”
Byun said: “It’s nice to collaborate with an orchestra such as the Inland Valley Symphony. It’s been a great partnership these past few years. I think the audience is really going to enjoy this aspect of the concert and hopefully, in turn, the audience will start attending our own shows as well.”
“The collaboration (between the symphony and the Master Chorale) has been a real treat,” said Parnther. “Expect a concert that will be heartfelt, grand, and breathtaking.”
Enjoying its 18th season, the Inland Valley Symphony will perform six concerts in the 2012-13 season, including “March On” (a celebration of famous marches) in February and a special performance with the Youth Symphony in April called “Young People’s Concert” where music from “Les Miserables” will be highlighted.
The Inland Valley Symphony provides cultural enrichment through orchestral performance and education, fosters musical development and arts awareness for youth and its members and promotes the appreciation of music for the greater community.
The Gershwin Performing Arts Center at Murrieta Mesa High School is located at 24801 Monroe Ave., Murrieta.
For concert information and tickets, visit www.inlandvalleysymphony.org.
Chris Baptiste is a local writer and regular contributor to SWRNN.