100 Heighe St
Bel Air, MD 21014
Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra: A Suite Holiday Treat, Bel Air High School
Pre-concert lecture to begin at 6:45 pm.
The Susquehanna Symphony’s popular concert will begin with French composer Georges Bizet’s “March of the Kings”, also known as “Farandole” from his “L’Arlesienne Suite”. It will continue with Percy Grainger’s moving “Sussex Mummers Carol” which is beloved by our audience and orchestra members alike. Next, Harford Youth Orchestra conductor Brian Folus will conduct his oft-requested “Hanukkah Celebration”, which is full of well-known and fun-filled Hanukkah tunes. Continuing the celebration to the end of the first half, the orchestra will perform Sir Malcolm Arnold’s “The Holly and the Ivy” (Fantasy on Christmas Carols), which has a rich and full film-music sound.
After intermission, a chamber orchestra will perform the lovely pastoral prelude to Bach’s “Christmas Oratorio; Cantata No. 2”. This will be followed by one of the most often requested works in the SSO’s repertoire: Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite” for jazz orchestra by Duke Ellington and his amanuensis Billy Strayhorn, as further arranged by pops conductor and arranger Jeff Tyzik! The concert concludes with a Sing Along and the orchestra’s holiday shenanigans!