Get in the Christmas spirit with Sinfonia

Published: Monday, December 16, 2013 at 09:28 AM.

Sinfonia Gulf Coast will present its popular annual holiday concert, “Orchestral Holiday” on Friday, Dec. 20 at 7:30 p.m. at Destiny Worship Center.

The performance features Sinfonia’s full orchestra performing a wide-range of festive holiday favorites from traditional arrangements to Christmas carols scored in cinematic style to cherished classics by “Mannheim Steamroller.” Also featured on the concert will be more than 20 dancers from the Northwest Florida Ballet performing all of the highlights from Tchaikovsky’s timeless classic “The Nutcracker” live with Sinfonia.

“We are thrilled to partner with Sinfonia again,” said ballet Artistic Director Todd Eric Allen. “Dancing to a live symphony orchestra is a wonderful experience for our guest artists, Academie students and the community.”

Parents, make sure that your little ones haven’t been naughty so Santa pays his annual visit at the end of the performance!

Sinfonia board challenges students to “link up” with Carnegie Hall program

In collaboration with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI), Sinfonia Gulf Coast is one of 57 orchestras nationwide invited to participate in WMI’s Link Up program during the 2013-2014 season. Link Up pairs orchestras across the country with schools in their local communities, inviting them to learn about orchestral repertoire through a yearlong hands-on music curriculum.

Using curriculum materials provided free-of-charge by WMI, teachers guide students in exploring music through a composer’s lens, with students participating in active music making in the classroom, performing repertoire on recorder, violin, voice, or body percussion and taking part in creative work such as composing their own pieces inspired by the orchestral music they have studied.

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