WHEN: Saturday, December 9, 2023
WHERE: Ritsche Auditorium
Stewart Hall, St. Cloud State University
Troika from Lieutenant Kijé
“La glace” (ice) from The Seasons
Johann Strauss Sr.
“La neige” (snow) from The Seasons
A Christmas Festival
“La grêle” (hail) from The Seasons
Tickets for this concert are:
$15 | Adults
FREE | 17-and-under
Tickets are required. FREE tickets are available online or at the door.
Tickets available online or at the door.
All tickets are General Admission
Children’s Holiday Sketches is not part of the Season Ticket Package.
Sergei Prokofiev: ‘Troika’ from Lieutenant Kijé
Prokofiev’s raucous sleigh ride is a holiday favorite. Dancing pizzicatos in the strings, bassoons scurrying in the snow, and a majestic conclusion make this brisk piece entertaining for the whole family.
Alexander Glazunov: “Winter” from The Seasons
Glazunov’s The Seasons was originally intended to accompany a ballet. Written in a late-romantic style, orchestras have extracted the best selections for the concert stage. From our selection, you’ll hear depictions of (Minnesota’s) wintry conditions – from frost, hail, and snow.
Johann Strauss Sr.: Radetzky March
Written in 1848, this march has not only become Austria’s unofficial national anthem, but it has also become a must for New Year celebrations. Imbued with an incredible spirit, we invite you to clap along with the SCSO as we perform this holiday classic.
Leroy Anderson: A Christmas Festival
Composed in 1950, this short concert work is packed with excitement. From ‘Joy to the World’ to ‘Hark the Herald Angels Sing,’ A Christmas Festival will have you humming many of your favorite Christmas carols.
Franz Gruber: Silent Night (arr. Davis and Custer)
This tender arrangement of the classic will bring a sweet and familiar touch to our festive program.
Leroy Anderson: Sleigh Ride
Leroy Anderson probably never imagined his Sleigh Ride would become synonymous with the winter holidays. After all, it was written during a heatwave in July of 1946 while Anderson was visiting his summer home in Woodbury, Connecticut. From its iconic sleigh bells, temple-blocks, and a slapstick to the final horse-neighing at the end, Sleigh Ride continues its reign as one of the most spirited holiday classics.