The Strathcona Symphony Orchestra Presents Christmas on Broadway with Special Guests
Concertgoers will remember Bing Crosby singing White Christmas, Gene Kelly performing in Singing in the Rain, or Grizabella’s bittersweet ballad, Memories, from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical, Cats.
Get ready to be swept off your feet this holiday season as the Strathcona Symphony Orchestra (SSO) presents an enchanting December concert that celebrates the magic of Broadway musicals. Invited Vancouver Island guests, Michelle Johnson, Mathew Baker, Alexander Nicoll, and Finley Catania, will be part of a trip down memory lane, performing well-known holiday classics such as Let it Snow and the Christmas Song, alongside favorite musical selections from traditional to new classics.
“I’ve chosen the theme, Broadway musicals, for this year’s December concert because they are a perfect fit for the festive season,” said Helena Jung, the SSO’s Music Director.
“Broadway musicals are known for their timeless songs, heartwarming stories, and ability to evoke a wide range of emotions,” she said. “These classic pieces resonate deeply with the holiday spirit and I’m sure that audience goers will be humming or singing their favourite tunes after the performance.”
Audiences will be delighted to also enjoy four singers who call Vancouver Island home. Michelle is a long-time soprano and mother of five girls who grew up on a farm in Black Creek. She has performed operatic works and been a soloist with the North Island Choral Society. Michelle is also an Island Voices member and conductor of the Black Creek Children’s Choir.
Alexander grew up in the Comox Valley and he has worked in theatres across Western Canada as well as in performing in the Comox Valley. His most recent work includes donning the director’s and choreographer’s hat of Three Legged Dog Production’s Into the Woods.
Mathew has performed across North America for the past 20 years, both on the mainland and in the Comox Valley. A Campbell River resident, May recently performed the Baker in the local production of Into the Woods as well as being a band member in Elm Street Shakedown and the Strathcona Brass Jazz band.
Finley is just starting her musical theatre career by performing with the Rainbow Youth Theatre, Triple Heat Dance, and the feature role in Comox Valley’s School District Musical, Matilda, The Musical.
Tickets for the SSO’s Christmas on Broadway can be purchased at https://strathcona-symphony-orchestra.tickit.ca/, or at the door, if available. Ticket prices are $25 for adults and $15 for children 12 years and under.
Performances are on Saturday, December 9th at 7.00 pm and Sunday, December 10th at 2.00 pm. The concerts will be at the Florence Filberg Centre, 411 Anderton Avenue, Courtenay.
Please visit www.strathconasymphony.ca for more information.