NORWALK SYMPHONY’S “HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA” ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8 AT 5 PM
Includes classical and holiday music and exciting collaborations with Seabury Academy and Pivot Ministries
On Saturday, December 8, the Norwalk Symphony will present its 2nd annual “Holiday Extravaganza” at the Norwalk Concert Hall. The festive concert will be given at the family friendly time of 5 PM and will present a wide assortment of light classical fare and holiday favorites, as well as a sing-along for the entire audience. Under the baton of Jonathan Yates the orchestra will perform Mozart’s Exultate Jubilate with virtuosic soprano Amelia Watkins and Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite. Ms. Watkins will also be accompanied by Maestro Yates at the piano in a short set of songs. The instrumentalists will then be joined by the youth choirs of Seabury Academy, Vince Edwards, director, for performances of John Rutter’s Colors of Christmas and Bruce Healey’s Three Chanukah Songs. For the grand finale, the Men’s Gospel Choir of Pivot Ministries will sing holiday gospel songs and all the performers and audience will join in to sing a medley of holiday carols.
Now in his second season as Music Director and Conductor, Jonathan Yates has earned high praise as a conductor, solo pianist and collaborative artist for his musicianship, intellect and the remarkable variety of his musical endeavors. It is his stated goal to become meaningfully integrated into the lives of the members of the communities that the Symphony serves. To that end, at every concert he invites local performing entities to join the Symphony in performance. From the Norwalk Youth Symphony to the Southern Connecticut Camerata, the guest artists represent the finest musical partners in Norwalk and its environs.
The concert on December 8 is no exception. The Saint Paul’s Choristers of the Seabury Academy, under the direction of Vincent Edwards, is an educational and outreach program comprised of more than forty boys and girls ages eight to eighteen from the greater Norwalk area. In addition to the music education they receive at the semi-weekly rehearsals choristers are eligible to receive piano lessons, homework help and transportation to rehearsal. Their commitment to the highest level of musical training has led to performances in the Three Choirs Festival in New York, as well as international tours.
Pivot Ministries began in 1970 under the name of NAM (Norwalk Area Ministry) as a response to increased drug use among teens and young adults in the Norwalk community. As the organization evolved, they took the name Pivot Ministries to reflect their mission of creating change in the lives of young men. The Men's Choir of Pivot Ministries travels to numerous churches and events around the community, gaining a stellar reputation for their enthusiasm and musicianship as well as wonderful ambassadors for their mission.
A regular guest of the Norwalk Symphony, Soprano Amelia Watkins will be returning to the stage to sing Mozart’s glorious Exultate Jubilate. Ms. Watkins has recently appeared in such prestigious venues as the Estates Theatre/National Theatre in Prague, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium, Weill Hall, Lincoln Center and in Switzerland, Germany, Canada and Hong Kong.
Single tickets range from $20-$40, and are $5 for students. Tickets may be purchased at www.norwalksymphony.org or by calling the Symphony office at 203-956-6771.