Inland Valley Symphony Adds Soul to the Season
The holidays are about inviting friends to join your celebration and the Inland Valley Symphony is getting into the spirit of the season by inviting some special guests to the stage with “A Soulful Christmas,” this weekend at the Gershwin Performing Arts Center at Murrieta Mesa High School.
Under the musical direction of nationally known conductor John Mario, “A Soulful Christmas” will include the Symphony itself, featuring flutist Kate Prestia-Schaub, and the stylized vocal group, the Sylvia Cotton Singers.
“’A Soulful Christmas’ is a very special concert for Inland Valley Symphony because this is the first time we will be featuring a gospel group with the orchestra and we are very excited to present this unique concert program,” Alana Joos, Inland Valley Symphony President said. “The songs they are singing have been taken from the repertoire of the phenomenal Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir in New York.”
The Sylvia Cotton Singers have been featured on television, recorded two albums and performed in some of the biggest venues in Los Angeles, including the Shrine Auditorium, the Honda Center and even the happiest place on Earth, Disneyland.
For their show with the symphony, the gospel quartet will be performing the standards “Hallelujah to the King,” “They Followed His Star,” “O Come Emmanuel,” “Sing Hallelujah,” and others.
The Symphony’s line up will feature fun and festive musical selections including pieces from Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker” and Victor Herbert’s “March of the Toys,” as well as contemporary favorites by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Mannheim Steamroller .
“A Soulful Christmas” takes the stage on December 13th at 2:00 pm and again at 7:00 pm. Tickets are available at the door or by visiting www.inlandvalleysymphony.org. Joos is confident the show will be a memorable addition to your family’s holiday schedule.
“Music touches feelings that words cannot express and holiday music is heartwarming. It evokes memories from our past or can help to create new ones that we will continue to cherish.” Joos said. “Holiday music brings back memories of childhood and family gatherings and stirs our emotions and we want the audience to walk away feeling uplifted and joyful about the upcoming holiday season.”