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Fox Valley Philharmonic Orchestra and Community Chorale to Provide Free Celtic Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 9

Nov 27, 2018 10:58AM ● By Hannah Ott
Aurora, IL - The Fox Valley Philharmonic Orchestra and the Aurora Community Chorale, under the direction of Stephen Thurlow and Kristin Young, open the holiday season with a free-admission concert on Sunday afternoon, December 9 at 3pm.

The concert will be held at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 420 W. Downer Place in Aurora. The centerpiece of the concert will be the orchestra and choir performance of selections from Joseph Martin
s Christmas cantata, Tapestry of Light. The music illuminates the Christmas story in the broader context of prophecy, nativity, hope and salvation, much like Handel did in his oratorio, Messiah. The work is filled with tuneful English folk songs, lively Celtic rhythms and rich choral sonorities accompanied by sparkling instrumental orchestration. Additional works to be performed are the Steamroller instrumental arrangement of Gruber's classic carol, Silent Night, and HoltFantasia on the Dargason. Holt's rustic, foot-tapping country dance tune will contain a clever juxtaposition with the gentle, lyrical folk song melody of the English carol, What Child is This also known as Greensleeves

The concert will conclude with audience participation in a 
sing-along with the orchestra and choir performing several well-known traditional Christmas carols. There will be a reception with refreshments after the concert.

Although admission is free, tax-deductible donations are greatly appreciated at entry. Parking is available behind the Our Savior Church, with access on Garfield Avenue. For further information call 708-579-2878 Monday through Thursday, 8am-12pm or email

Source: John Norton 708-579-2878