FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas – Deck the Halls is a lively, family-friendly celebration of the Christmas season. Due to the overwhelming response following last year’s combined performance, HBU’s acclaimed choir, Schola Cantorum, will again lift their voices in accompaniment to the Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra. There will be two concerts on Sunday, December 7, in the Stafford Centre. The afternoon performance is at 2 o’clock, with an encore performance that evening at 7 o’clock.
There are certain melodies that you just have to hear each holiday season, and Deck the Halls doesn’t disappoint. The program ranges from the bouncy (Frosty the Snowman) to the dreamy (Skater’s Waltz). Schola Cantorum joins FBSO on Handel’s majestic Halleluja, John Ferguson’s hauntingly beautiful Night of Silence, Craig Courtney’s delightful look at an old favorite, A Musicological Journey through the Twelve Days of Christmas and performs a cappella for three Alfred Burt Carols.
Dominique Røyem, FBSO’s new music director, shares her excitement about the event. “The Deck the Halls concert is a great way to begin the holiday season! It’s a wonderful mix of traditional holiday fare, combined with new works that just might become part of your holiday favorites!”
More special guests will be on hand to kick off the holiday season! Leonard Scarcella, Mayor of Stafford, will join FBSO to recite ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas. Each concert will feature one of the winners of the Houston Music Teachers’ Association Concerto Competition, accompanied by FBSO. Dr. Paul N. Spellman, winner of the 2014 Baton Auction, will be the guest conductor for the afternoon performance of America’s National Anthem. There might even be a surprise appearance by a certain red-clad gentleman!
It’s a warm-hearted way to spend a merry Sunday afternoon or evening with your family. Tickets to Deck the Halls begin at $12 for adults. There’s no charge for children 12 and under when they’re accompanied by an adult. Discounts are available for students, seniors 55 and over, military personnel, and groups of 10 or more. Tickets are available online at www.fbso.org or by calling 281.276.9642.
About the Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra
The Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra (FBSO), founded in 1992, enriches the lives of Fort Bend residents and surrounding areas with live symphonic music presented by its volunteer members, ranging in ages from high school students to senior adults. The full-size orchestra, complete with brass, woodwinds, strings and percussion, represents an abundant cross-section of local talent, most of whom reside in the Fort Bend area. FBSO also fosters local musicians through sponsorship of an annual Concerto Competition and opportunities to perform with the Orchestra.