Holiday Monterey 2014
Monterey County Pops! is pleased to announce the first performances of its String Orchestra in two free “Holiday Concerts for Kids, Families, and Friends.” The concerts will take place on Saturday, December 20 at 7:00 p.m. in the Stanton Theater in King City and on Sunday, December 21 at 3:00 p.m. in the Monterey Conference Center, Steinbeck Forum.
Conducted by Pops! Music Director, Dr. Carl Christensen, the virtuoso String Orchestra of top professional players from across the Central Coast and San Francisco Bay area will present a varied program of holiday favorites and familiar classics. Both concerts will feature youth ballet soloists from Monterey County Dance Theatre of King City performing selections from Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker.”
Local violin prodigy, five-year-old Nicholas Brady, will appear in the Monterey concert performing a violin concerto by J.S. Bach. This will be his final local performance before his family moves out of the area.
For the King City concert the Pops! will be joined by the Sol Treasures Youth Orchestra and the Timshel Community Chorus.
In addition to the Nutcracker, both concerts will include the baroque classics “Canon” by Pachelbel and selections from Corelli’s “Christmas Concerto.” America favorite pops composer, Leroy Anderson” will contribute “Sleigh Ride,” “A Christmas Festival,” and “Jazz Pizzicato.” The concert will conclude with a sing-along of holiday favorites.
Conductor Christensen commented, “The timeless elegance of the sound of string instruments combined with their fantastic agility will create a memorable holiday concert.”