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Sleigh Ride | An ESYO Holiday Spectacular

Sunday, Dec. 19, 2021 | 3:00PM

MainStage @Proctors in Schenectady
ESYO Symphony Orchestra
Helen Cha-Pyo, Guest Conductor
ESYO Youth Jazz Orchestra
Dr. Peter Bellino, Conductor
ESYO Chamber Orchestra
Dr. David Bebe, Chamber Program Director
With special guests, national recording artist and American Idol Finalist Madison VanDenburg, and Award-winning author Vicki Addesso Dodd.

American Idol Finalist Madison VanDenburg performs The Light of Christmas!

Ring in the holiday season with family and friends at the Empire State Youth Orchestra. Catch the spirit of the season and take a joyful sleigh ride with sparkling holiday favorites, Christmas carols, and inspired Symphonic classics filled with good cheer. ESYO’s former Music Director Helen Cha-Pyo returns to Proctors MainStage to conduct seasonal masterpieces by Mozart, Prokofiev, Leroy Anderson, and more. Dash through the snow with ESYO Youth Jazz Orchestra as they perform the famed holiday classic (There is No Place Like) Home for the Holidays by Schenectady County-native Robert Allen, and a Basie-style arrangement of We Wish You A Merry Christmas.

National recording artist and American Idol finalist Madison VanDenburg returns home to premiere a new orchestral arrangement of her holiday hit single, The Light of Christmas with ESYO!

What you will hear

The first ever orchestral arrangement of Madison VanDenburg's holiday hit single, The Light of Christmas.

ESYO Symphony Orchestra & Chamber Orchestra

  • W.A. Mozart: Sleigh Ride from German Dances
  • Waldteufel.: Skater’s Waltz, Op. 183
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on Greensleeves
  • Tchaiklovsky: Serenade for Strings
  • George Whitefield Chadwick: Noel (II) from Symphonic Sketches
  • Leroy Anderson: Sleigh Ride
  • Rimsky-Korsakov: Dance of the Tumblers from the Snow Maiden
  • Prokofiev: “Troika” from Lt. Kijé Suite 

ESYO Youth Jazz Orchestra

  • Doug Beach & George Shutack: 'Tis The Season To Be Funky
  • Robert Allen, arr. John Wasson: (There is no Place Like) Home for the Holidays
  • Traditional, arr. Rich Woolworth: We Wish you a Merry Christmas

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