Symphony of the Hills' Christmas concert, "The Miracle of Christmas," is one of the season's biggest draws, and demand for tickets is high. On Sunday night, the Symphony opened up a limited number of tickets for Thursday's performance.
The Symphony said seats can be reserved online at caillouxperformingarts.com or by calling or visiting the Cailloux Theater Box Office, (830) 896-9393.
The show's lineup features the Grand Chorus and an audience sing-along:
- Broughton/Arr. Vinson – Miracle on 34th Street Overture
- Silvestri – A Christmas Carol (Main Title)
- Hinds – A Children's Hannukah
- Christmas Carol Sing-Along, conducted by Patricia Lee, Assistant Conductor
- The first part of Handel's Messiah with the Hallelujah Chorus ad guest soloists Sarah Davis, soprano; Alexis Korbe, alto; Seth Lafler, tenor; Christopher Besch, bass.
- Eugene Dowdy and Andrea Runnels conduct the performance.
The “Miracle of Christmas” theme is especially apt for this time of year, according to Dowdy, conductor and artistic director. “Christmas is just a miraculous time for children, children of all ages,” Dowdy said. “The mystery of lights, the festivities, sacred services, family gatherings, gift giving–it is just so interesting how Christmas makes us feel. To me, there's no better example than the classic movie Miracle on 34th Street. There's a wonderful piece written for that movie, and also for The Christmas Carol that we watch each year on TV. We're going to play both of those works.”
Dowdy is especially excited about the return of the Grand Symphony Chorus after two years. They will be accompanying the symphony with a selection from Handel’s Messiah, under the direction of Dr. Andrea Runnels.
“Talk about a miracle!” Dowdy said. “We'll have the cast of vocal soloists, orchestra, and the Grand Symphony Chorus, presenting Handel's Messiah. You just can't get any better than that.”