December 2, 2021 – The Symphony of the Hills presents the second concert in the 2021-22 season, Holiday Hopes, celebrating the thoughts and prayers of brother and sisterhood, featuring the Grand Symphony Chorus, on Thursday, December 2 at 7:30 p.m.
The annual holiday concert takes on special meaning with Holiday Hopes. This concert highlights composers who have expressed wishes, dreams, love and prayers in beautiful and profound settings. They include Engelbert Humperdinck’s fantasy opera Hansel and Gretel; Lawson’s Christmas in Lapland, an imaginary journey with evocative sounds of the season; Swiss-American composer Ernest Bloch’s profoundly moving Prayer from Jewish Life, featuring a guest solo cellist; and wrapping up with Beethoven’s great masterpiece Symphony No. 9 Finale. This triumphant evening will be heightened by the addition of UTSA Choirs joining the Grand Symphony Chorus.
Englebert Humperdinck – Overture to Hansel and Gretel
Peter Lawson – Christmas in Lapland
Ernest Bloch – Prayer from Jewish Life
Guest cello soloist
Samuel Coleridge Taylor – Christmas Overture
Christmas Carol Sing Along
Beethoven – Symphony No. 9, Finale
-Jennifer Bird-Arvidsson, soprano
-Virginia Dupuy, alto
-Christopher Besch, bass
-Grand Symphony Chorus, Dr. Yoojin Muhn, chorus master
-Special guests: UTSA Concert Choir, Dr. Yoojin Muhn, director