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Columbia River Symphony gives holiday concert Dec. 9

Warrenton middle and high school choirs join ensemble

Published on December 6, 2017 4:51PM

The Columbia River Symphony performs at a holiday concert at Astoria’s Liberty Theatre.

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The Columbia River Symphony performs at a holiday concert at Astoria’s Liberty Theatre.

ASTORIA — The Columbia River Symphony presents “Tis’ the Season,” a holiday concert at the Liberty Theatre 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9.

Performing in conjunction with the Warrenton high and middle school choirs, all three ensembles will be celebrating the holidays with symphonic and choral music, with a surprise visit from the one and only Santa Claus!

This is the second time the Symphony has joined talents with the school choirs for a festive holiday-themed collaboration filled with passion, joy and warmth for the winter season.

Musical selections will include: Calvin Custer’s “O Holy Night,” Jean Calkin’s “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day,” choral and symphony collaboration on “Do You Hear What I Hear,” “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” “It Came Upon A Midnight Clear,” “Once in Royal David’s City” and other musical selections.

Choir pieces include: “I Saw Three Ships,” “Cold Snap,” “Somewhere in my Memory” and a beautiful solo choral piece of “Silent Night,” sung by Amanda McClure.

Many more musical surprises will await those in attendance by all three ensembles, as well as a finale sing-a-long by all!

This family-friendly concert is free, but donations are welcome. Refreshments will be provided during intermission. Feel free to bring your camera, as photo opportunities with Santa will be available in the lobby during intermission and at the conclusion of the program. Free candy canes to celebrate the holiday season will also be handed out.

New this year is a raffle for wonderful prizes, including an “American Doll,” a train table set with characters from the movie “Cars,” an RC Race Car, Hot Wheels set, Lego sets and more.

Each raffle ticket costs $1, and winners will be announced near the end of the concert. All proceeds will be split between the Symphony and Warrenton’s music programs at both middle and high schools to help offset the costs of the venue, sheet music, insurance and more.

Led by conductor Cory Pederson, the Columbia River Symphony is an all-volunteer, nonprofit performing arts group. The group is accepting musician positions in all areas of woodwinds, brasswinds, percussionists and all string parts, as well as accepting applications to become a new member of the Symphony board or volunteer.


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