DATE: November 22, 2016
Contact: Andy Buelow,
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
250 voices join Symphony Tacoma for a star-studded Sounds of the Season
Tacoma Youth Chorus and Symphony Voices perform with full orchestra in annual Holiday-themed concert
TACOMA, WA – More than 300 performers, including the Tacoma Youth Chorus, Symphony Tacoma Voices and the full Symphony Tacoma – will present Sounds of the Season at the spectacularly decorated Pantages Theater. A beloved annual tradition in Tacoma, the pageant-style concert features stories, carols, hymns and songs-including Vince Guaraldi’s “Christmastime is Here;” Mannheim Steamroller’s unforgettable arrangement of “Silent Night;” a delightful setting by Fred Waring of “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas;” and music by Mozart, Handel, and Vaughan Williams, among others. Held at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 4, the performance is conducted by Dr. Geoffrey Boers and Judith Herrington. It is sponsored by Columbia Bank, Aetna, and Stadium Thriftway; The News Tribune is the media sponsor. For tickets, starting at $12 for students and $19 for adults, visit symphonytacoma.org or call 591-5894 or 800-291-7593. Tickets may be purchased in person at the Broadway Center Box Office, 901 Broadway, Monday through Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Both Symphony Tacoma Voices and the Tacoma Youth Chorus have been featured on Sounds of the Season in prior years, but this is the first time in recent memory that both have been on the same program together. The concert will include such highlights as “Gesu Bambino,” the famous 1917 carol by Pietro Yon; the “Wassail Song,” a traditional English carol; Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus,” as arranged by Mozart; and such favorites as “Angels We Have Heard on High,” “O Come All Ye Faithful,” and more.
“Tacoma Youth Chorus is looking forward to once again sharing our music with the Symphony Tacoma and its audience for the Sounds of the Season!,” Judy Herrington stated. “Geoffrey Boers is a remarkable conductor, and I know our singers will be inspired by his artistry and technique. We are excited to share in this collaboration!” The choral arts program for boys and girls, kindergarten through high school, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this season.
Symphony Tacoma Voices, formerly known as Tacoma Symphony Chorus, features 70 auditioned adult singers from throughout the community who perform as volunteers. Its ranks include professional singers and gifted amateurs. The Voices sings in concert frequently as the primary choral forces associated with Symphony Tacoma, and is featured on tour and in solo concerts as well. On December 15 and 16, the Voices will join the chamber core of Symphony Tacoma for performances of Handel’s Messiah at Chapel Hill Presbyterian in Gig Harbor, and St. Charles Borromeo Church in Tacoma, respectively.