What Sweeter Music: Singing the Holidays

Date(s) - Dec 07, 2019 - Dec 08, 2019
2:00 pm

Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church
1801 Lacassie Ave, Walnut Creek

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Featuring: Blackhawk Chorus – Diane Gilfether, Director and Elizabeth Hunter Ashley, soprano

Come celebrate the holidays with Diablo Symphony and the Blackhawk Chorus! We have music that brings joy or inspires reflection – and some that is just pure fun. A mix of old and new holiday favorites, from Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus and Brahms’ How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling Place to Rutter’s What Sweeter Music and Custer’s Chanukah Festival Overture, is sure to evoke the warmth, peace, wonder, and even magic of the season. And the young of all ages are invited to join the music-making in a spirited audience sing-along.

Both performances are under the direction of Matilda Hofman, music director and conductor of the Diablo Symphony Orchestra. The 130-member Blackhawk Chorus, founded by director Diane Gilfether, has been delighting audiences in the Bay Area since 1991. It has also performed extensively abroad, including appearances at New York’s Lincoln Center, the American Music Festival in Salzburg, and in London’s historic Whitehall during celebrations for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Engelbert Humperdinck – Overture to Hansel and Gretel
John Rutter – What Sweeter Music
George Frideric Handel – Hallelujah Chorus from The Messiah
Johannes Brahms – How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling Place
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Laudate Dominum
Leroy Anderson – Sleigh Ride