“Holiday in the Village” Performance to Bring Sacred and Popular Holiday Selections to the Paramount Theatre

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – The SUNY Orange Symphonic Band will bring an array of sacred and popular holiday classics to the Paramount Theatre when it delivers its annual holiday concert under the theme of “Holiday in the Village” at 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 10.

The band will pay homage to Joseph Bertolozzi, one of the Hudson Valley’s premier composers, with a performance of his new composition “Trances and Vision” for horn and ensemble. “Trances and Vision” is from the first movement of Bertolozzi’s 1999 cantata “The Trumpet of Salvation” which is inspired by the prophecies written in the Second Book of Joel . Christine Sacchi, principal horn in the College’s symphonic band, will be the featured soloist for this piece.

Under the direction of Kevin Scott, the band will also offer a poignant rendition of Robert Longfield’s immortal poem “The Bells of Christmas,” a short work for narrator and band. Longfield’s poem reflects upon “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, written in 1864 during the height of the American Civil War.

Frances Backofen, a member of the SUNY Orange Symphonic Band since 2006, will serve as the narrator for “The Bells of Christmas.” The work was last performed by the band in December 2006 when Frances’ husband George narrated the work. The performance of this work will be dedicated to George Backofen, a 1955 graduate of SUNY Orange and a longtime adjunct instructor in the College’s Mathematics Department who died tragically in a house fire earlier this year.

The program will also include the following: Larry Clark’s symphonic selections of Albert Hague and Eugene Poddany’s music from the classic 1966 TV cartoon version of Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”; Alfred Reed’s arrangement of the English folksong “Greensleeves”; Larry Kerchner’s adaptation of Michael Praetorius’ “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming”; Tom Wallace’s orchestration of John Jacob Niles’s “I Wonder as I Wander”; the spiritual “Go Tell It On the Mountain” in a stirring arrangement by Jay Dawson; and additional selections by Hawley Ades, Steve Knight and Hugh M. Stuart.

The event is sponsored by the College’s Arts and Communication Department. General admission is $5. SUNY Orange Students with a current ID and active military personnel will be admitted free.

For more information, contact the Arts and Communication Department at (845) 341-4787. The SUNY Orange Symphonic Band, comprised of students and members of the community, is also seeking musicians. Interested performers may contact Scott at (845) 341-4393.

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Mike Albright
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