WALLINGFORD – The Wallingford Symphony Orchestra will feature a jazz rendition of Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite” and songs by mezzo-soprano Susan Yankee-Dillner and the Country School Chorus of Madison in its annual holiday concert on Sunday.
The concert will begin at 2 p.m. in the new Ann and George Colony Hall at Choate Rosemary Hall.
The orchestra, led by its founder and Musical Director Philip T. Ventre, will be joined by the New England Jazz Ensemble in the jazz arrangement by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn. This very creative treatment of Tchaikovsky’s beloved melodies, first produced in 1960, remains a cherished favorite worldwide.
The second half of the program will feature the singers. The Country School Chorus, consists of an intermediate chorus, a middle school chorus, and an audition-based chamber chorus, led by Victoria Wepler, a classically trained violinist. Yankee-Dillner, an associate fellow at the Yale School of Music, has performed with a number of major opera companies and has sung on many notable concert stages. She was a World Finalist in the Luciano Pavarotti International Competition and has earned other honors.
The second half opens with the WSO performing festive sounds of Hanukah. Vocal selections include “Mary’s Lullaby” by John Rutter, “He Shall Feed His Flock” from Handel’s Messiah, novel arrangements of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Twas the Night Before Christmas”; Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas.” “Let There Be Peace on Earth,” and the traditional Christmas Carol sing-along. The NEJE will conclude with jazz interpretations of classic holiday songs.
Ticket Information is available on the Wallingford Symphony Orchestra website and at the Gallagher Travel Shoppe, 369 Center Street.