Ring in the Holiday at “An Intimate Christmas with the Park ICM Orchestra”

Join us for an unforgettable evening of musical enchantment as we proudly present the Park ICM Orchestra’s Second Annual Holiday Concert — “An Intimate Christmas with the ICM”

After the resounding success of our debut holiday concert last season, the Orchestra of the International Center for Music at Park University is back to ring in the holiday season with even more grace and grandeur. This second annual holiday concert will be held Saturday, Dec. 2, 2023, at 7:30 p.m. in the beautiful Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel at Park University in Parkville, Missouri. Under the direction of Steven McDonald, music director of the ICM Orchestra, prepare to be transported into the heart of the holiday season. Reserve your seats today to ensure you don’t miss this magical musical experience! This is an evening that promises not only beautiful music but also a sense of togetherness and community, the true essence of the holi
day season.

Highlights of the Evening

Fantasia on Greensleeves

One of the evening’s highlights will be a mesmerizing rendition of the timeless English Renaissance tune “Greensleeves.” Known in America as the beloved Christmas hymn “What Child is This,” this haunting melody serves as the basis for an extended work featuring harp, flutes and strings, all masterfully composed by 20th-century virtuoso Ralph Vaughan Williams. The Fantasia on Greensleeves is a musical masterpiece that alternates between minor and major keys, creating a mood of depth, wonder and mystery that is sure to captivate your soul.

Skater’s Waltz

Embrace the charm of Emil Waldteuffel’s “Skater’s Waltz,” a composition that radiates warmth and joy. This delightful piece paints a vivid picture of a winter’s day, with its sweet melodies evoking the sounds of sleigh bells and even a comical slip and fall on the ice. You’ll be transported to a whimsical world of merriment and laughter.

Christmas Cantata by Alessandro Scarlatti

Travel back in time to the 17th and 18th centuries as we present Alessandro Scarlatti’s enchanting Christmas Cantata. Featuring a solo soprano and strings, this piece incorporates the rhythmic siciliana, a Sicilian shepherd’s dance that beautifully evokes the gentle rocking of the Christmas crèche.

A Taste of Vienna’s New Year’s Celebration

Experience the grandeur of Vienna’s New Year’s Day celebration with music from the illustrious Strauss family. As we delve into their iconic waltzes, polkas and overtures, you’ll be transported to the golden age of Vienna, where elegance and opulence reigned supreme. Our performance will feature the delicate Pizzacato Polka and the stirring Radetzky March, bringing the spirit of Vienna to life.

More Festive Surprises Await!

But the magic doesn’t stop there! Be prepared for additional festive works that will warm your heart and ignite your holiday spirit. Some of these pieces even invite audience participation, ensuring that everyone can be part of the celebration. We’ve curated a program that promises to be a musical feast for the senses, a perfect way to embrace the joy of the Christmas season.

Reservations are Recommended

With such an anticipated event, securing your spot is highly recommended! Simply fill out the reservation form at QR Code, select the “Orchestra Holiday Concert” and let us know how many will be joining in the
holiday cheer. We can’t wait to welcome you to this extraordinary evening of music and celebration Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m.

Enjoy Even More Holiday Festivities

Make sure to take in festive Parkville, Missouri, before or after the concert. Plan for a delicious meal at one of Parkville’s outstanding restaurants. Or come for the whole weekend and enjoy Parkville’s popular Christmas on the River Dec. 1 and the Park ICM Orchestra holiday concert Dec. 2! Christmas on the River is a longtime Parkville tradition. Held annually, this family-style celebration features live entertainment, special activities for all ages, evening holiday shopping, Santa’s long-awaited arrival and a spectacular fireworks display. Santa will be accepting visitors, too. The Friday festivities are held from 6 to 10 p.m. and admission is free.

We look forward to welcoming you to Parkville for lots of holiday joy! Visit ICM.PARK.EDU or ParkvilleMO.org.

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