The Snowman In Concert
(WINDSOR, ON) - The Windsor Symphony Orchestra will present The Snowman in concert at the Chrysler Theatre on December 3 and 4, 2011. Raymond Blake’s classic children’s book will come to life in the celebrated animated short accompanied by a live performance of the beautiful orchestral score by Howard Blake.
Lead by WSO Music Director John Morris Russell, the Family Holiday Pops program will also feature performances by the WSO Chorus, Windsor Essex Youth Choir, Walkerville Centre for the Creative Arts Chorus and Kylee Phillips. The musical selections will include “Deck the Halls,” “We Three Kings,” “Go Tell it on the Mountain,” the Hallelujah Chorus and more. The performance will also feature local dance group Windsor Dance eXperience performing to “Skater’s Waltz” and “La Boutique Fantasque”.
The highlight of the performance is a full concert screening of The Snowman. Produced in 1982 from the book published in 1978, the animated short is told entirely through picture, action and music. The film received an Academy Award Nomination for Animated Short Film in 1982 and is included on a list of the 100 Greatest British Television Programs drawn up by the British Film Institute.
The Snowman is the tale of a boy who builds a snowman one winter’s day. That night, at the stroke of twelve, the snowman comes to life. The first part of the story deals with the snowman’s exploration of this new world and his attempts to understand what he finds in and around the house without waking the boy’s parents.
In the second part of the story, the boy and snowman take flight. They fly over the boy’s town towards the Royal Pavilion in Brighton and the Brighton Pier then out over the ocean. They continue over arctic landscape until they come to a snow-covered forest and attend a snowmen’s party at which the boy is the only human. The boy meets Father Christmas at the party, who gives him a scarf with a snowman pattern. The story ends after the return journey. However, the sun as risen and the boy wakes to find the snowman has melted. The boy wonders if the night’s events were all a dream until he discovers the scarf with the snowman pattern.
The WSO will be accepting donations during intermission and after the concerts in support of Children’s Aid Society (CAS). CAS will have representatives at both performances with information on how to aid families in need during this holiday season and beyond.
Saturday, December 3, 2011, at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 4, 2011, at 2:30 p.m.
Toldo Foundation Saturday Pops | Caesars Windsor Sunday Pops
Holiday Celebration—The Snowman Chrysler Theatre
John Morris Russell, Conductor
Windsor Symphony Orchestra Chorus, Joel Tranquilla, Chorusmaster
Windsor Essex Youth Choir, Sue Belleperche, Conductor
Walkerville Centre for the Creative Arts, Elspeth Maynard, Director
Windsor Dance eXperience
Kylee Phillips, Vocalist
Saturday Series sponsored by the Toldo Foundation
Saturday Concert co-sponsored by the Benefits Company and Green Shield
Sunday Series sponsored by Caesars Windsor
Sunday Concert sponsored by Bill & Lynn Baker
Tickets $11 – $58
Available in advance ,
by phone at 519-973-1238 and in person at the WSO Box Office,
487 Ouellette Avenue, Windsor, M-F 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tickets available at the door two hours prior to concert
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