The sound and spirit of Christmas will fill the Grand Opera House on Sunday as childrens choirs and the Macon Symphony Orchestra come together for a special performance.
Home for the Holidays will feature a range of Christmas songs performed by the Mercer University Childrens Choir and Vineville Academys Vineville Voices as well as music featuring the 61-piece orchestra. The program starts at 4 p.m.
The whole program is designed to encompass the quiet reflectiveness of Christmas and the joy of Christmas and the beauty of Christmas, said David Keith, who is dean of Mercers Townsend School of Music and will be conducting the performance.
The Macon Symphony Orchestra last performed a holiday concert in 2010.
Were glad to be bringing this program back since its always well-received, Connie Davis, personnel manager of the orchestra, said in an email.
It was Keiths idea to pair the orchestra with the childrens choirs for the performance, she said.
There is something about the sound of childrens voices, and when combined with the orchestra, it will joyfully usher us into the holiday season, Keith said.
The program will include everything from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Jingle Bell Rock to Oh, Come All Ye Faithful.
Its a combination of all kinds of music, Keith said. Theres music that the children will be singing, theres going to be some audience participation on the singing of a couple of Christmas carols. ... Were probably going to hit almost everyones favorite at some point.
This includes some pieces from composer John Wasson that highlight the strengths of the orchestra, including Hark! The Herald Trumpets Sing.
One thing all of the children will love is a setting of Twas the Night Before Christmas, Keith said. That story will be read and the music that accompanies it ... you are able to imagine what would be taking place.
He plans to introduce the pieces with a story, a little information about the composer or hints of what to listen for as the music plays.
To let (the audience) become a part of the music making process, Keith said.
The program will conclude with God Bless Us Everyone from Disneys A Christmas Carol, which Keith said will be a big rousing end.
If people walk out of this program and theyve not been touched by the beauty of Christmas through the power of the music that they hear, then in my opinion its been a complete failure, he said. Music has the ability to move us from the common, mundane day activities ... into the childlike awe of Christmas morning and thats what we hope that concert would do.
Home for the Holidays
When: 4 p.m. Dec. 1
Where: The Grand Opera House, 651 Mulberry St.
Cost: $38.50 adults; $18.50 students; $13.50 children 12 and younger
Information: www.thegrandmacon.com, 478-301-5470