Brazilian Sleigh Bells
In this Lloyd Conley arrangement of a song by Percy Faith, we put another festive spin on our orchestra's norm. This piece is written to mimic a samba, with a little creative storytelling thrown in the mix. With the beginning, the audience (and director) need to be very careful they don't burst into spontaneous dancing while the orchestra sets an image of a sleigh ride through the tropical countryside. In the middle of the piece, falling chromatic notes and frantically shaking sleigh bells bring to mind a thrown horseshoe or a comedic carriage accident, breaking away back to the beginning theme as the riders pick themselves back up.
The Great expectation
This piece is originally included in "A Christmas Triptych," or three movement sketch. The composer was commissioned by a school in Kansas City to write a piece of Christmas music based on their favorite melodies, and this middle movement takes two traditional Advent melodies "Veni Veni Emmanuel" and a French melody "Picardy" that is typically included in "Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silent." From the composer, "One never hears either melody presented in its complete form or alone. Rather, the two melodies weave in and out and around each other being presented in their most complete forms toward the end directly against each other. Right at the end Veni Veni seems to dominate for a moment before fading away and we hear a last statement of the Picardy melody quietly in solo violin."
A Mad Russian's Christmas
Based on various movements of Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker Suite," this piece adds the theatrical rock flare of the Trans Siberian Orchestra. The audience will hear familiar excerpts such as Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy, Trepak, Arabian Dance, and March. We feature our bass section on electric instruments as Chris picks up his guitar and Molly her electric bass to rock out the finale of our high school orchestra portion of the concert.