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The INDEPENDENT, December 18, 2003
Yuletide Pops program at
Oregon Symphony
Come celebrate the holiday
season Broadway-style with
music, theater and dance as
the Oregon Symphony wel-
comes back Yuletide Celebra-
tion, a Bank of America Pops
family concert featuring tradi-
tional symphonic holiday music
paired with theatrical produc-
tion numbers on Dec. 19
through 22 at the Arlene
Schnitzer Concert Hall.
The third annual Yuletide
Celebration features a lineup
filled with festive stage décor,
new eye-catching productions,
an extraordinary, national cast
of actors, singers and dancers,
as well as local talent, sumptu-
ous costumes and dazzling
sets. This year’s concerts are
co-hosted by Broadway talent
Benjamin Brecher, who ap-
peared with the Symphony in
last season’s Celtic Celebra-
tion, and vocalist Cara John-
ston; it also features the return
of tap dancer Stephanie Cad-
man, who has thrilled Sympho-
ny audiences with her flashing
feet for the last two years.
Concert-goers who attended
last year’s Yuletide Celebration
will enjoy the return of the cho-
rus line of tap-dancing Santas
performed by dancers from the
celebrated dance programs at
Jefferson High School and “The
Three Yuletide Tenors.” This
year’s show also features excit-
ing new numbers, including
“Christmas Toons,” a retelling
of favorite Christmas stories in
cartoon format. The Symphony,
led by conductor Orcenith
Smith, will perform arrange-
ments created specifically for
Yuletide Celebration, including
holiday favorites “It’s the Most
Wonderful Time of the Year,”
“The Christmas Song,” “Angels
We Have Heard on High” and
Thank you for your
patronage in 2003
Wishing you a New Year
of Peace and Joy
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Rietta Behnke’s bears were just one of many delightful and interesting handmade items avail-
able at the Vernonia Christmas Bazaar earlier this month. The gym at Washington Grade
School was full of shoppers looking for unique gifts.
“We Wish You a Merry Christ-
In addition, a chorus of eight
singers directed by Portland
Opera’s chorusmaster, Carol
Lucas, will lend their voices to
the Yuletide cast as they sing a
little bit of everything from the
Bach-Gounod “Ave Maria” to
Cole Porter. Saxophone player
Patrick Lamb, a rising Oregon
talent, will perform favorite holi-
day selections.
The Westminster Presbyter-
ian Church Concert Bell Choir,
directed by David Greger, will
be ringing in seasonal favorites
in the Prelude programs that
are held in the lobby of the Ar-
lene Schnitzer Concert Hall pri-
or to each concert. Their pro-
gram includes arrangements of
“Silent Night,” “O Holy Night”
and the “Arab Dance” from
“The Nutcracker.”
In what is becoming an an-
nual holiday tradition, the Sym-
phony is once again partnering
with Northwest NewsChannel 8
in support of their annual holi-
day toy drive; on-air KGW tele-
vision personalities are sched-
uled to make appearances at
each concert. Donations of
new, unwrapped toys for the
Northwest NewsChannel 8 Toy
Drive are accepted at the Sym-
phony’s ticket office and non-
perishable food for the Oregon
Food Bank are accepted at all
Oregon Symphony Holiday
Performances are sched-
uled for Friday, Dec. 19 at 8:00
p.m., Saturday, Dec. 20 at 3 :00
p.m. and 8:00 p.m., Sunday,
Dec. 21 at 3:00 p.m. and 7:00
p.m. and Monday, Dec. 22 at
8:00 p.m. in the Arlene
Schnitzer Concert Hall. Tickets
range in price from $23 to $65
and may be purchased at the
Oregon Symphony Ticket Of-
fice (923 S.W. Washington),
Monday through Saturday, 9:00
a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or charged by
phone at (503) 228-1353 or
(800) 228-7343. Tickets also
may be purchased at all Ticket-
master outlets (503-790-ARTS)
or through Ticketmaster Online,
via the Symphony’s Web site at Service
fees may apply.