WSO presents 3 concert holiday series starting Dec. 14

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In celebration of the holiday season, this December the WSO presents a three-concert Holiday Series sponsored by BankRI with selections that are reflective, inspiring, and exciting.

The WSO opens the Holiday Series at the Greenwich Odeum in East Greenwich on December 14. Music will include the Frescobaldi Toccata, selections from Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 3, a medley of tunes from Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors, and holiday favorites composed and/or arranged by Leroy Anderson, Ted Ricketts, Michael Story, and Ralph Ford. The performance starts at 7:30 p.m. tickets are $15 General Admission, $12 Seniors, Children 12 and under free. Tickets are available through the Greenwich Odeum at www.greenwichodeum.com.

The 2017 Holiday Series continues on Dec. 16 with a presentation of seasonal favorites as the WSO partners again with the combined Royal School of Church Music choirs from St. Peter’s by the Sea- Narragansett and St. Mark’s, Warwick, under the direction of Cheryl Casola & Linda Wiles. Combined choral-orchestral works will include Vaughn-Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols featuring Andrew Gribbin- baritone, as well as a new setting of Sing We Now of Christmas by John Leavitt, and the gospel-styled Noel, Noel by Michael McElroy & Joseph Joubert. The choirs and orchestra will present several other selections independently as well. The Dec. 16 performance starts at 7:30 p.m. at St. Peter by the Sea: Central Street, Narragansett to be followed by a repeat performance on Sunday, December 17 at 3 p.m. with combined RSCM choirs at CCRI Bobby Hackett Theater: East Avenue, Warwick. Tickets are $15 general admission, $12 seniors, children 12 and under free.

As seating is limited, pre-purchased tickets or reservations are highly recommended.

Having provided a half-century of accessible public performances around the Ocean State, the 60-member volunteer ensemble known as the Warwick Symphony Orchestra brings classical and orchestral pops performances to communities across Rhode Island, who may not otherwise have easy access to quality live music events. The WSO’s expanding membership of amateur adults, high school and college students, retired professionals, music educators, and lifelong learners are dedicated to the social, spiritual, and cognitive benefits of presenting and attending live performances. Bringing high quality, affordable performances to diverse communities, the WSO ensures accessibility and appeal to a wide-ranging audience of varied backgrounds.

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