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Happy Holidays from Sing Napa Valley!
December 15, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm30$
Sing Napa Valley presents its annual Holiday Concert on December 15, 2019, featuring Giacomo Puccini’s Messa di Gloria and the sung version of The Nutcracker Suite by Peter Tchaikovsky, arr. by Harry Simeone.
The Puccini mass was written and first performed in Lucca, Italy in 1880 when Puccini was only 18. Titled simply by Puccini as Messa a Quattro Voci, it was a great success, praised by crfitics and public alike, but Puccini filed it away in favor of concentrating on opera composition, and it was not heard again in his lifetime.
Since its publication in 1951 it has been universally known as the Messa di Gloria and has become a firmly established part of choral repertoire. It includes the usual mass sections: Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus and Benedictus, and Agnus Dei. The style of the mass is direct and unashamedly operatic. As a liturgical work written in an overtly operatic style, it is full of color, vitality, and musical suprises such as the many sudden key changes.
The idea of a sung version of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite was conceived by arranger Harry Simeone of the Fred Waring and His Pennsylvanians organization. The result is a brightly melodic choral work, which rapidly became one of the most frequently requested numbers on the Waring radio programs.
Five sections of the original Nutcracker Suite ballet make up the sung version, with the lively “Overture” as a curtain raiser on four scenes from fairyland. The first is the sprightly :”Dance of the Sugar Plums”; then the brilliant, exciting dance “Trepak.” Next is the gay and colorful “Dance of the ‘Toy Flutes.’” The final movement depicts a troupe of flowers…magnolias, lilies, daffodils, and violets…in the merry, swirling “Waltz of the Flowers.”
Artistic Director Jan Lanterman recently announced that this joyous holiday concert will be performed at Napa Methodist Church, 625 Randolph Street, in Napa. Sing Napa Valley will be joined by Bay Area soloists tenor Mike Desnoyers, baritone Ryan Bradford, and bass William O’Neill. Refreshments will be served at intermission.
Advance sale (“Early Bird”) tickets are $25 and are available through December 1.. After that, any remaining tickets (including at the door the day of the concert) will be $30. The public is cordially invited to attend and bring friends and family to this magical celebration of the winter holidays.