POCATELLO — Usher in the spirit of the holiday season with the Idaho State-Civic Symphony, the Camerata Singers and the Idaho State University Choirs at “Joy to the World: The Stories of Christmas” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Jensen Concert Hall of the Stephens Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $14 to $45 and are available online at thesymphony.us or by calling the box office at 208-282-3595.
The program includes holiday classics, festive carols, sing-alongs and musical settings of secular and sacred texts that tell the stories that have brought people together for generations.
The first half of the concert will include an abridged version of O. Henry’s “Gift of the Magi” told over composer Alexander Borodin’s stunning “Nocturne” and narrated by Brenda Stanley, former television news anchor and investigative reporter for KPVI and author of the popular lifestyle and cooking blog, Tales of the Dinner Belle.
Also featured will be contemporary composer John Rutter’s “Gloria,” performed by the Idaho State-Civic Symphony, Camerata Singers and Idaho State University Choirs. Scored for choir, brass, percussion and organ, this “exalted, devotional and jubilant” choral work has been part of Christmas concerts all over the world and will be a “joy for the senses.”
Audiences can also expect traditional sing-alongs to holiday favorites like “Sleigh Ride,” “Silent Night,” and “O Come All Ye Faithful” and a version of “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” with orchestra and narration by Ms. Stanley.
With 150 singers and 80 instrumentalists, more than 200 musicians will take the stage. The concert is under the direction of Idaho State-Civic Symphony Artistic Director and Conductor Dr. Julie Sorensen and Dr. Scott Anderson, director of choral activities at Idaho State University.
The Stephens Performing Arts Center will be decorated with holiday lights and traditional garland and décor, setting the tone for a magical holiday season.
For more information, visit thesymphony.us.