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Symphony Holiday Concert to be Performed Live and Online

All are invited to celebrate the season with the Valley Symphony Orchestra at the live in-person event, or by viewing the concert online and on television

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VSO Principal Harpist Delaine Leonard performs in A Touch of Frost, to be premiered online on December 18, 2020. Photo credit: Erika Sanchez Photography
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The Valley Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce that its annual holiday concert A Touch of Frost will continue in 2020 amidst restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic. The Symphony will provide three ways for patrons in the Rio Grande Valley and beyond to enjoy this holiday tradition, made possible through support from Exclusive Concert Sponsor Frost and more.

On Wednesday, December 16 at 7:30 pm, the Symphony will present its first live concert in more than 10 months. Tickets are on sale now for the A Touch of Frost Chamber Concert, a program of seasonal favorites to be performed by the VSO Holiday Brass Quintet at the Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle – National Shrine. Seating is extremely limited and tickets may be purchased in advance only.  This concert will enforce all health and safety protocols and social distance will be maintained at all times.

The 40-minute live concert of classic and jazzy holiday favorites will feature “Sleigh Ride,” “Feliz Navidad,” “Carol of the Bells,” “Joy to the World,” and more. The Holiday Brass Quintet members are Jared Broussard, first trumpet; Bryan Morrell, second trumpet; Barbara Keller, French horn; Benjamin Coy, trombone, and Scott Roeder, tuba. They are joined by percussionist Jorge Peña for the concert.

VSO Principal Tubist Scott Roeder performs in A Touch of Frost, to be performed live on December 16, 2020 and premiered online December 18, 2020. Photo credit: Erika Sanchez Photography

On Friday, December 18 the VSO will premiere the online version of A Touch of Frost on Facebook at www.facebook.com/valleysymphony. For this concert, the Holiday Brass will be joined by VSO Harpist Delaine Leonard, who will perform the Interlude from Benjamin Britten’s “A Feast of Carols,” along with seasonal pieces such as “What Child is This?,” “We Three Kings,” and more. 

Finally, on Sunday, December 20 KRGV Channel 5 will broadcast the digital concert once again for all to enjoy on television at 11:00 am. 

“We are delighted to be bringing A Touch of Frost to the community this year, when we are all in need of some holiday cheer,” said Katy Coy, VSO Executive Director. “Now friends and family can plan to join us in whatever way is right for them, and enjoy our beloved musical tradition in a year that has been anything but traditional.”

VSO Co-Principal Trombonist Benjamin Coy performs in A Touch of Frost, to be performed live on December 16, 2020 and premiered online December 18, 2020. Photo credit: Erika Sanchez Photography
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Tickets for the in-person December 16 Chamber Concert are on sale now at www.valleyorchestra.org. They can be purchased in advance only and patrons should note that all public health protocols, including mask-wearing, will be followed at the event. 

More information on these events, artists, and supporting the Valley Symphony Orchestra can be found at valleyorchestra.org, or by calling the VSO office Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm at (956) 661-1615. Follow the VSO on Facebook at www.facebook.com/valleysymphony.

ABOUT THE VALLEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Founded in 1952 as an orchestra of volunteer musicians, the Valley Symphony Orchestra (VSO) is in its 69th season of classical music performances in the Rio Grande Valley.  Under the baton of Dr. Carl Seale, the orchestra was established at the University of Texas-Pan American, a legacy institution of the University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley, and has since developed into an all-professional ensemble under the direction of Maestro Peter Dabrowski.  The Valley Symphony Orchestra is a resident ensemble at the McAllen Performing Arts Center and typically presents a season of five masterworks concerts, a series of educational concerts, and other special events. 

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