Raritan Valley Symphonic Band
“MAKING SPIRITS BRIGHT!”
This is truly a wonderful time of year. It should be a time filled with joy and cheer. It is our hope that today, we will be able to help spread some of that joy and cheer through the music we perform for you.
While some of the music you will hear today was clearly written for the holidays, some are not that obvious. I chose to open this concert with Farandole from L’Arlesienne, by Georges Bizet. Although you won’t find it on most Christmas song lists, it certainly is appropriate because amidst the dance like rhythms being played, you will also hear a ‘march of the three kings.’ Being a time of both contemplation as well as celebration, Chant and Jubilo by Francis McBeth seemed like another perfect choice for today’s program. Much like the previous piece, Salvation is Created by Pavel Tschesnokoff is another piece that was not intended specifically for the holidays, but when you hear it, it’s hard not to put yourself inside a Cathedral listening to a great Russian choir during the holidays. We will conclude the first half of our concert with a few pieces more specific to this time of year. Celebration of Hanukkah; Fum, Fum, Fum; and Around The Christmas Tree should all help to brighten your spirits.
The second half of the program will entertain you with more holiday specific pieces. Be ready for a very different version of a popular tune, with Jingle Them Bells. We are very excited about our collaboration with the Piscataway High School Concert Choir, directed by Megan Suozzo. These talented students will entertain you with many traditional carols including Do You Hear What I Hear; Angels in the Bleak Midwinter; and of course White Christmas. We will conclude our concert with two traditional pieces that no holiday concert should be without. Once again from the great works of Leroy Anderson we present Sleigh Ride, and to finish our concert we bring back the Piscataway Concert Choir to join us in A Christmas Festival.
We hope you enjoy our holiday celebration, and we wish you a happy and BRIGHT holiday season.
Holiday Concert – Sunday December 16th 2018
Children’s Concert – Sunday February 3rd 2019
Spring Concert – Sunday April 28th 2019
Pops Concert – Sunday June 9th 2019
Association of Concert Bands – Woodcliff Lake NJ Hilton- Convention Performance – Wednesday, April 24th, 2019