Folsom Symphony makes beautiful holiday music at Three Stages

By From page B6 | December 14, 2012

FOLSOM — For nine seasons, Folsom area residents have made the Folsom Symphony’s winter concert a part of their holiday merriment.

This year’s performance, “Of Joy and Fate” will be the weekend of Dec. 15 and 16 at Three Stages, 10 College Parkway on the Folsom Lake College campus in Folsom. This show will gladden everyone’s holiday heart with a repertoire ranging from contemplative to festive to joyous.

Maestro Michael Neuman will conduct, and the special guests, the Folsom High School Chamber Singers, will sing with the orchestra and a cappella under the direction of Ginger Ekroth.

Since the earlier e-blast, a new piece has been added: Leroy Anderson’s lively “Christmas Festival.”

This beautiful arrangement of nine favorite Christmas tunes was composed for Boston Pops conductor Arthur Fiedler and first performed in 1952.

The evening will open with Beethoven’s expressive overture to “Fidelio,” his only opera, and followed by the overture to Handel’s “Music for the Royal Fireworks,” written for George II of England to celebrate the 1749 signing of the Treaty of Aix-la-Chappelle.

The music continues with Rimsky-Korsakov’s lively “Capriccio Espagnol;” Brahms’ powerful “Schicksalslied,” accompanied by the Folsom High School Chamber Singers; Handel’s beloved “Hallelujah” chorus; the senior Johann Strauss’ “Radetzky March;” and the junior Strauss’ jaunty “Tritsch Tratsch Polka.”

Maestro Neumann also will invite the audience to sing along to traditional carol music.

This makes a wonderful gift for family or friends.

Tickets are available online at or by calling 916-608-6888 or visiting the ticket office at Folsom Lake College.

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