Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra

Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra is presenting its annual Holiday Concert on Sunday, December 8, at 7 p.m. at the Princeton Alliance Church located at 20 Schalks Crossing Road in Plainsboro.

It will feature the 18-year-old soloist Mia Huang (pictured) who will perform the Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso in A minor, composed by Camille Saint-Saens in 1863.

The program will include an all-time classic for the holiday season, “Swan Lake” by Tchaikovsky. Christmas Eve is an opera in four acts, with music and libretto by the Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. The orchestra will perform the Polonaise, which is the most popular movement from the opera.

To celebrate the holiday season, the audience will be invited to join in the ever-popular holiday music sing-along during the concert.

General admission is $20, and $18 for seniors and students. Tickets purchased in advance are $15. Call 609-933-4729, 908-420-1248, or 732-792-2070. Visit www.bravuraphil.org.

Westminster: Give the Gift of Music

Westminster Conservatory, the community music school of Westminster College of the Arts of Rider University, offers music lessons and classes for all ages and stages of ability. Become part of the Westminster Conservatory family by enrolling now for private lessons in your choice of instruments, early childhood classes, music therapy sessions, music theater classes, group voice classes, coached and reading instrumental ensembles, or instrumental and choral performing ensembles.

We have programs in five locations: Princeton (Westminster Choir College and Princeton Academy); Lawrenceville; and South Brunswick, New Jersey; and Yardley, Pennsylvania (Bucks County).

Mark your calendars now for our special Holidays at Westminster concerts, featuring performances by both Westminster Choir College and Westminster Conservatory ensembles.

To learn more about Westminster Conservatory, call 609-921-7104 or check our website at www.rider.edu/conservatory.

Westminster Conservatory of Music, 101 Walnut Lane, Princeton. 609-921-7104 or www.rider.edu/conservatory.

Joy to the World: A Christmas Suite with Princeton Pro Musica

Enhance your holiday season with a concert of gorgeous music at Messiah and More! On Sunday, December 15, at 3 p.m., Princeton Pro Musica Chorus and Orchestra will present Messiah and More! at the grand Patriots Theater at the War Memorial in Trenton, NJ. Also appearing on the program will be very special guests from the Trenton Children’s Chorus, and outstanding soloists Devony Smith, soprano and Jonathan Woody, baritone. All will be led by Dr. Ryan James Brandau, Artistic Director of Princeton Pro Musica.

This warm and joyous holiday concert features the “Christmas portion” of Messiah by George Frederic Handel alongside Joy to the World, our maestro’s own stirring suite of carols and holiday songs arranged for full orchestra and our 100-voice chorus, and featuring the Trenton Children’s Chorus.

Trenton Children’s Chorus (TCC) is a unique nonprofit whose mission is to empower the academic, social, and spiritual lives of children through artistry in music. Their tag line, Making Music, Making Friends, Making a Difference, speaks to TCC’s artistry, its commitment to community, and as a reminder that the gift of music can be used to make the world a better place. Founded in 1989 under the visionary leadership of the late Sue Ellen Page, TCC has long provided a place where children and youth in the greater Trenton area can experience exceptional music education, collaborative events and performance opportunities along with academic support and healthy snacks after school. More information about TCC and the life-changing experiences they offer their students can be found at www.trentonchildrenschorus.org.

Soprano Devony Smith has been noted by the New York Times for her “strong” voice and “dramatic conviction.” Her voice will soar to the heights of Patriots Theater Handel’s lively” Rejoice Greatly” from Messiah, and the tender “Sweet Little Jesus Boy.” Baritone Jonathan Woody has earned praise as “charismatic” and “riveting” from the New York Times for his solo work. His commanding voice will fill Patriots Theater when he sings I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day and Wassail.

Tickets are available and can be purchased online at www.princetonpromusica.org, or by calling the office at 609-683-5122.

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