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Holiday Celebration

December 7, 2019 @ 7:30 pm

Nick Palmer, Guest Conductor
SSO Chorus – Nikki Stoia, Director
The Young@Heart Chorus, Bob Cilman, Director
Elise Barber, Cantor
Jamie-Rose Guarrine, Soprano

Just hear those sleigh bells jingling, ring-ting-tingling too … it’s the Springfield Symphony Orchestra & Chorus’ Holiday Celebration, the perfect beginning to your holiday season. Maestro Nick Palmer returns with such audience favorites as “Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Frosty the Snowman,” the ubiquitous “Sleigh Ride,” and more.

An SSO holiday concert wouldn’t be the same without the SSO Chorus, under the direction of our own Nikki Stoia. These talented choristers always bring joy to the holiday season.

We are thrilled this year to welcome the Young@Heart Chorus to the Symphony Hall stage. What started out in 1982 at a Western Massachusetts elderly housing project to joyfully pass the time instead of passing before your time has developed into the stereotype-defying, generation-crossing musical extravaganza better known as the Young@Heart Chorus. From The New York Times to TIME, The Ellen Show to The Daily Show and stars of the hit Fox Searchlight documentary, Young@Heart, this group of seniors, ranging in age from 73-92, has performed from Northampton to New Zealand, Europe to Japan, on over 30 international tours proving it’s “possible to grow old without growing boring.”

Cantor Elise Barber, who thrilled us with her joie de vivre at last season’s holiday concert, is returning again this year with more seasonal selections.

We are also excited to present soprano Jamie-Rose Guarrine, who has received acclaim for her vibrant vocal beauty, captivating stage presence, and accomplished musicianship.

We’ve also got a few surprises up our sleeves. What are they? You’ll have to join us to find out!

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December 7, 2019
7:30 pm
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Symphony Hall
34 Court Street
Springfield, MA 01103 United States
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