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Evanston Symphony Orchestra’s holiday concert, held this year at 3 p.m. Dec. 10, will bring 1,500 people together at the Evanston Township High School Auditorium to celebrate the holidays with music, dance, song – even Santa. With 350 people on stage, it is the North Shore’s biggest indoor show of the year.
“The annual Evanston Holiday Concert is one of the most enjoyable and thoroughly inclusive arts events of the year,” said Mayor Stephen Hagerty. “It brings together hundreds of local instrumentalists, singers, and dancers to put on a wonderful show designed to entertain people of all ages.”
This year’s concert will feature traditional Christian and Jewish music as well as classical and popular fare.
The Gospel Choir will perform The Temptations’ arrangement of “Silent Night,” accompanied by full orchestra.
Evanston Dance Ensemble’s young performers will dance to Mozart’s “Sleigh Ride,” selections from Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker” ballet, and conclude as tap-dancing reindeer with Rudolf and all his friends.
The massed voices of the North Shore Choral Society will perform selections from Handel’s “Messiah,” featuring solos by Music Director Julia Davids. And the whole audience will join in with the orchestra and chorus when Santa and his elves lead a festive sing-a-long.
In the grand finale, three separate choirs and the full orchestra rock out to “Hallelujah” from Quincy Jones’ “Handel’s Messiah: A Soulful Celebration,” using an orchestration specially commissioned by the ESO.
Said ESO Music Director Lawrence Eckerling, “It will be a truly joyous afternoon, featuring Evanston Symphony’s full 80-piece orchestra, four choirs, and dozens of delightful young dancers.”