The White Mountain Symphony Orchestra presented its annual Christmas Concert on December 3 in the Snowflake High School Auditorium, 190 South 200 Street West, Snowflake, Arizona.
This annual tradition for White Mountain residents will again be full of holiday spirit and wonder. The performance will of course feature Christmas holiday music, and it will be enhanced by a guest appearance by children who are students of Ballet White Mountains. They will dance to selections from Peter Tchaikovsky’s immortal holiday ballet, “The Nutcracker”.
The students will perform the playful Lady Ginger selection, and the very demanding Russian Trepak. Linda Bohn, Director of Ballet White Mountains explained. “What is fun in doing Mother Ginger is, it is rarely performed except in the big ballet productions. The huge skirt, where little ones hide, is a big costume challenge. We had a construction fellow and a seamstress do the design and execution, using hula hoops to walking wood platforms to swirled loops of gathered curtain shears. Come see our smallest dancers 4 to 7 years old perform this delightful number. The Russian Trepak from the Nutcracker is being danced by a young student, Alex Atkinson, who studies gymnastics. The Trepak dance is short but extremely challenging. Alex agreed to dance and has steadily practiced it’s execution. The wonderful Tchaikovsky music, dancers and colorful costumes offer such special enjoyment for the evening!”
The symphony will have a prize drawing during the intermission for services donated by businesses.
The White Mountain Symphony has contributed to the joy of the holiday season for many years, and its performances have become an important part of our community tradition. T. Edward Vives, Ph.D., Maestro of the Symphony commented, “What better way is there to bring about fond memories of family get-togethers, feasting, and sharing at this time of year? From traditional Christmas carols, to music with a holiday theme, to sing-alongs for the audience, WMSO is proud to be a part of the celebration. We hope that our gift of music and good cheer to everyone in the White Mountain region of Arizona is something that will stay with you throughout the season if not the entire year.”
This year’s concert will feature a chili and cornbread dinner following the concert for $ 5.00 a bowl. The White Mountain Symphony Orchestra musicians are all volunteers, but concert expenses such as hall rental, music royalties, and normal business costs need to be covered. The dinner after the concert will provide an opportunity for you to visit with your family and neighbors. Anna McCleve, President of the White Mountain Symphony says, “Many happy and cherished memories are made each year during this holiday season as the Spirit of Christ enters each heart with an abundance of love and goodwill toward all around us. Whether expressed through music, small acts of service, by food to those in need or to family and friends, the generosity of the season fills our hearts and homes and expands our abilities to see beyond ourselves and express kindness to all.”
Join the members of the White Mountain Symphony Orchestra at this gala concert, and it will become a holiday tradition for your family. Adult tickets are just $10 per person, tickets for youth aged 5 to 18 are only $5 and audience members younger than 5 years old are admitted at no charge. Buy your tickets in advance at WMSO.webs.com, at the Chamber of Commerce offices in Show Low, Pinetop-Lakeside, and Snowflake-Taylor, or at Classic Cookware, 100 N. White Mountain Road, Suite 102, in Show Low. Or you can purchase tickets at the door the day of the concert.
To promote attendance by larger groups, the Orchestra is again offering group discounts. For a group of 15 or more there will be a 20% discount on ticket prices.
In addition to selections from the Nutcracker, the symphony will perform Hansel and Gretel, March of the Toys, Christmas That Special Time of Year, A Charlie Brown Christmas, German Carol Festival, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, Christmas Sing-a-long, other Holiday favorites and special arrangements of The Spirit of God by Holly Hamilton and O Come, O Come, Emmanuel/Sing We Now of Christmas by Ted Vives.
The White Mountain Symphony Orchestra receives support from Northland Pioneer College, and from the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts, through the Arizona Commission on the Arts.