San Jose Symphonic Choir Celebrates the Holidays

San Jose Symphonic Choir Celebrates the Holidays

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San Jose Symphonic Choir (SJSC) is offering two performances in December celebrating the Christmas season. On December 12, the Choir will present You-Sing-It Messiah at 7:30 p.m. at the California Theatre. In addition, SJSC will participate in the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Joseph’s Season of Hope, on December 19, also at 7:30 p.m.

For nearly 40 years, SJSC has enjoyed sharing the festive spirit of the holiday season through inviting the community to participate in its annual You-Sing-It Messiah. The evening begins with carols in the theatre’s ornate, Art Deco lobby, beautifully sung by Vivace Youth Chorus of San Jose, under the direction of Peggy Spool. SJSC’s own Maestro Leroy Kromm then leads the San Jose Baroque Orchestra and the entire audience in singing Handel’s beloved masterpiece.

Messiah, Handel’s most familiar work, was originally composed for Easter, and was first performed to a sellout crowd in Dublin in April 1742. There were so many attendees that ladies were asked not to wear skirt hoops to make more room! In our time it is widely performed as a celebration of Christmas – but audiences are still mesmerized by beautiful arias like “Comfort ye my people” and “I know that my Redeemer liveth” as well as stirring choruses such as “Hallelujah!”

Tickets can be purchased through the Symphony Silicon Valley box office: (408) 286-2600, x30, or by contacting arios@symphonysiliconvalley.org.

SJSC is proud to participate in the Season of Hope, a free concert series which provides outstanding musical events and support to Cathedral Basilica of Saint Joseph’s social ministry to those in need in our community. This year’s program will include Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols and seasonal favorites.

Britten wrote the Ceremony of Carols during a perilous boat trip from the U.S. home to England in March 1942, during the height of WWII U-boat activity. The work is based on medieval poems and is accompanied, in a manner fitting medieval performance, by harp. Sung partly in Old English, the piece evokes the gentle love of the new mother and the welcoming of the holy child.

Please visit the Choir’s website, www.sanjosesymphonicchoir.org, or call (408) 995-3318 for more information.