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Philharmonic Presents 'Christmastime In Brevard'


December 6, 2018

Brevard Philharmonic musicians Don Wauchope on the French horn and violinist Aleta Tisdale make a joyful noise together rehearsing for the orchestra's Dec. 16 holiday concert. (Courtesy photo)

The stage of the Porter Center at Brevard College will be overflowing with musicians, singers and the spirit of the holidays on Sunday afternoon, Dec. 16.

Joining the Brevard Philharmonic at 3 p.m. for its annual family Christmas extravaganza will be the 55-member Carolina Concert Choir, plus some surprises, all brought together under the baton of maestro James Fellenbaum.

The program will be as packed as the stage that afternoon.

The audience will be treated to more than 15 songs of the season.

The orchestra will offer Christmas classics with a sprinkling of some less familiar but equally stirring works such as Bizet's "Farandole" from L'Arlesienne Suite No. 2, "Carols of the Nativity" by Stephen Chatman, and the charming Spanish carol, "Los Pastores a Belen," (The Shepherds at the Nativity).

Other more well known selections will be performed: "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear," "Angels We Have Heard on High," "O Little Town of Bethlehem" and the audience pleasing, "Sleigh Ride," arranged by Leroy Anderson, just to name a few. The audience will have a chance to shine later in the program during a full house sing-a-long of classic carols.

Fellenbaum promises a surprise for the children in the audience during "Sleigh Ride."

The exuberant Carolina Concert Choir will join the Philharmonic for several selections.

The choir is comprised of rich and diverse voices from Asheville, Hendersonville and Brevard.

The group has been performing since 1979 with a focus on excellence in repertoire and performance, and has been invited over and over again to perform at Piccolo Spoleto in Charleston.

It is associated closely with Blue Ridge Community College and uses a portion of its proceeds to fund a music scholarship.

The choir's conductor and artistic director, Michael Lancaster, has sung under the direction of Robert Shaw in the Robert Shaw Institute of Music in southwestern France, as well as in the Shaw Institutes at Carnegie Hall and with Helmuth Rilling in the Oregon Bach Festival for many summers.

The fullness of sound delivered by the Brevard Philharmonic and the Carolina Concert Choir, both on the Porter Center stage at one time, is sure to deliver Christmas spirit and a wonderful feeling of community.

The audience is invited to a festive reception with holiday refreshments in the lobby immediately after the performance, compliments of the Philharmonic's C Notes.

"Christmastime in Brevard" is sponsored by Jan and Doug Hart.

The mission of the Brevard Philharmonic is to inspire, educate and enrich our audiences through exceptional, professional musical performances and community outreach.

Season ticket packages are still available at a great discount. Single tickets are on sale at $25 to $35 per concert.

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