FullScore Chamber Orchestra presents “The Light Has Come!”
Event on 2013-12-14 19:30:00
FullScore Chamber Orchestra proudly announces "The Light Has Come' – it's annual Christmas celebration concerts featuring works by Menotti and Chip Davis. FullScore is a professional ensemble whose mission includes tutoring advanced students and community artists among their ranks. Artistic Director Ron Arden, also music director of the Lake Forest Civic Orchestra, will be at the podium leading professional singers in a spectacular concert version of "Amahl and the Night Visitors". FullScore has become known in Lake County for having a regular and exquisite reading of this work.
Christian Englhardt will sing the title boy soprano role for the third time with the orchestra at 11 years old. Leslie Larosee will sing the mother, Joshua Poucher the page, and the three kings are Nikolas Arden, Chris Englhardt (father to Christian), and Loren Buntrock. The shepherds chorus are singers from St Paul the Apostle Church in Gurnee and other local church choirs.
This touching work by opera composer Carlo Menotti is the second most performed music at Christmas after Handel's Messiah and the most performed opera of all time. Set in the desert, it is a tale of a crippled shepherd boy and widowed mother who live alone and are quite poor. One evening Amahl is entranced by a star in the sky and after bedding down for the night, in spite his mother's skepticism, strangers following the star pay them a visit. The rest you must hear for yourself!
Partnering with Ruck Peck, music director at St Paul the Apostle, FullScore presents several other events in the glorious sanctuary there. Members of the choir join the orchestra for the Christmas concerts. Ms. Peck, who prepares the choir to join the orchestra, will also be singing the ever beautiful "Jesu Bambino" and Nikolas Arden will sing the time treasured "O Holy Night".
Also on the program are ever popular orchestral settings of carols by Chip Davis from Mannheim Steamroller. True to form, these pieces evoke the spirit of Christmas more joyfully and poignantly at each hearing. Full of percussion, harp, strings, brass, and keyboards, Davis splashes color into the Christmas season that has become a holiday staple all over the world. Not to leave the audience out, there will be a full orchestra and audience carol sing along as the finale!
Concerts are December 13th at St. Paul the Apostle in Gurnee and December 14th in Zion at Grace Missionary Church. Both events are at 7:30, tickets are and can be purchased at the door or reserved ahead by calling 847-746-3472. Children under 12 are free. Also visit www.fullscore.org for more information.