Symphony preview for holiday concert is Thursday at GFCMSU
Grant Harville, music director at the Great Falls Symphony, will be hosting a symphony preview at noon on Nov. 29 in Heritage Hall at Great Falls College MSU highlighting this weekend’s holiday performance, Voices of Christmas. The preview is free and open to the public.
This year’s concert features the Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Choir, joined by the community chorus from GFCMSU.
“Altogether, more than 250 musicians will create a wall of magnificent sound,” according to the symphony.
The concert will include Johann Sebastian Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, which is one of six concertos presented as a gift to a nobleman in the hopes of being offered a court position. He didn’t get the job and the manuscripts were stashed away until being rediscovered and published in 1849, nearly 130 years after their composition, according to the symphony notes.
The concert will also include the Gloria by Antonio Vivaldi. The overall spirit is celebratory and uplifting: ”Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace to men of good will,“ according to the symphony.
The performance will also include Sleigh Ride, which was originally written for orchestra in 1948 and first recorded by the Boston Pops. Lyrics were added two years later.