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It's 'A Dickens Christmas' from the Mesquite Symphony Orchestra!
The Mesquite Symphony Orchestra continues its Saturday night concerts December 20 with the orchestra’s annual “Music of the Season.” This year, “A Dickens Christmas” includes music from Christmases past and present and the audience’s traditional sing-along of holiday songs.
The orchestra will be joined by actors from Mesquite Community Theatre as characters from Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” The audience just may meet Ebenezer Scrooge – and of course, Tiny Tim! The concert is at 7 p.m. at the Mesquite Arts Center, 1527 N. Galloway. Conductor and music director is Brad Everett Cawyer.
Settling into happy memories of “Christmas past,” the orchestra will take the audience through “Music of the Season” from the Nativity and Adam’s “O, Holy Night” to scenes of jolly old England with “Fantasia on Greensleeves” by Vaughn Williams, Delius’s own sparkling version of a holiday sleigh ride and the audience sing-along of traditional carols. The orchestra returns to the present - and the future? - with Morton Gould’s arrangement of “Good King Wenceslas,” Peter Schickele’s “Celebration with Bells,” Smith’s “A Rhapsody on Christmas Carols” and Chadwick’s “Noel.
Our Dickens characters will narrate “Twas the night before Christmas” with the orchestra, and help close the evening with the “Holiday Pops” sing-along and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas!”
To reserve tickets, call the Mesquite Arts Center, 972-216-6444, or stop by the box office, open at 6:00 p.m. on December 20, an hour before the performance. General admission tickets are $12 adults, $6 students. For groups of 10 or more, tickets are $10 adults, $5 students. These Saturday night concerts are made possible in part by a grant from the Mesquite Arts Council.