Holiday Sketches

St Cloud Symphony Orchestra / Holiday Sketches

Holiday Sketches


WHEN: Saturday, December 9, 2023
3:00 pm
WHERE: Ritsche Auditorium
Stewart Hall, St. Cloud State University


A Christmas Festival
  Leroy Anderson

Canzonetta for Oboe and Strings
  Samuel Barber
      Brendon Bushman, Oboe

Troika from Lieutenant Kijé
  Sergei Prokofiev

Radetzky March
  Johann Strauss Sr.

“Winter” from The Seasons
  Alexander Glazunov

Silent Night 
  Franz Gruber (arr. Davis and Custer)

Sleigh Ride
  Anderson, Leroy

A Holly and Jolly Sing Along
  James Stephenson    

Tickets for this concert are 
$25 | Adults
$20 | Seniors (65 and over)
$5 | Students

Tickets available online or at the door.
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Holiday Sketches

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.

Samuel Barber: Canzonetta for Oboe and Strings
This heartfelt song for oboe and strings is not unlike looking through a window on a quiet wintry night. In an intimate setting, the string orchestra accompanies the beautiful melodies of the solo oboe.

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.

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.

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.

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.

James Stephenson: A Holly and Jolly Sing Along
A St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra tradition, we invite you to join us in singing many of your favorite Christmas Carols. Stephenson’s A Holly and Jolly Sing Along is the perfect way to usher in the festive spirit!

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Location: Ritsche Auditorium (Stewart Hall), St. Cloud State University
Date: December 9, 2023
Duration: 1 Day
Holiday Sketches: Celebrating the season by connecting joyful holiday music with visual art.