Norwalk Symphony's Holiday Concert “BACH TO POPS” offers Choral Music, Dance, and Season Favorites

The Norwalk Symphony Orchestra and friends have planned a joyous holiday extravaganza this year. Timed perfectly for a family event – 5 p.m. on Saturday December 16th.

The concert opens with the sound of timpani and trumpets announcing a suite from Bach’s Christmas Oratorio. The featured chorus is the Mendelssohn Choir of Connecticut with guest alto soloist Blythe Gaissert. The next part of the program is ballet, with young members of the New England Academy of Dance performing Fauré’s Pavane and Tchaikovsky’s Dance of the Snowflakes. The concert concludes with a round of holiday favorites, including Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride, Lucas Richman’s Hanukkah Medley - and in keeping with an NSO tradition – everyone joining in with the Halleluiah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah.

The evening marks Music Director Jonathan Yates' sixth season of presenting innovative Holiday programs to the Norwalk area. For three years running, he led the orchestra - and the audience - in a sing along rendition of Handel’s Messiah. Last year for the first time he included dance to the program with a suite from The Nutcracker.

For the Christmas Oratorio, NSO welcomes back The Mendelssohn Choir of Connecticut under the direction of Carole Ann Maxwell. Audiences will remember their precision singing in the NSO’s 2013 production of Carmen. Blythe Gaissert, the soloist for the Bach suite, has been described by critics as follows: “her voice is strong, supple, almost buttery;” also as “having the voice and the personality to match.”

The concert takes place at the historic Norwalk Concert Hall at 125 East Avenue, where the NSO has performed for over three quarters of a century. Individual tickets, which range from $10 for students to $50 for the best seats can be purchased online or by calling the office at 203 956-6771.