DERRY — The New Hampshire Philharmonic kicks off the holiday season with its annual holiday pops concert Saturday, Nov. 24, at 7:30 p.m. at the Stockbridge Theatre at Pinkerton Academy.
The evening provides an international musical tour of holiday favorites. The first half is oriented toward light classical works, and the second half is devoted to pops favorites.
The first half of the festive evening includes “Sleigh Ride” by New England native Leroy Anderson, classic scenes from Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker” and choral selections from the “Gloria” by Vivaldi.
Massed choruses from Pinkerton Academy will join the Philharmonic in the first half for choral selections from “Gloria,” and return in the second half for a medley of Christmas carols.
The Pinkerton Academy Chorale is being prepared for the concert by Thomas Quigley and Sandra Clark. Small choirs from both schools will also perform a cappella selections in the lobby before the concert and at intermission.
The Pinkerton Academy Chorale has previously sung with the New Hampshire Philharmonic, the New Hampshire Symphony and the Nashua Symphony, and at the New Hampshire Education Awards, the NH Martin Luther King Celebration, and for various local and regional venues.
In 1994, the choir was selected to represent New Hampshire for the 50th Anniversary of D-Day celebrations in Washington, D.C., the premier of the Zulu mass in 2007, and in 2008 members of the Chorale represented New Hampshire singing with the 400th Jamestown, Va., Anniversary Festival Chorus. In addition to these performances, the Chorale has consistently achieved Superior Awards at national choral festivals.
The concert represents the sixth year in the partnership between the Philharmonic and the Pinkerton choral group. Philharmonic executive director Paul Hoffman was effusive in his praise, “Tom Quigley and his staff deliver consistently fine performances from his students every year. It’s a real treat to work with them again this year and to be able to present their work to New Hampshire audiences.”
The concert is led by conductor Mark Latham, in his first year at the podium of the Philharmonic.
After intermission, the second half of the program includes a Strauss waltz, selections from Harry Potter, plus the all-time American favorite “White Christmas” by Irving Berlin. The concert closes with the ever-popular carol sing-along.
“We’re so pleased to return to the Stockbridge Theatre,” Hoffman said. “It’s a beautiful, modern hall with clear sight-lines and fine acoustics. A real gem.”
Concertgoers are advised to secure their tickets early, as last year’s concert sold out well in advance. Tickets range in price from $12 to $50 and are available through the Stockbridge box office at 437-5210.