The holidays are some of the most exciting times for The Symphony of the Canyons, with their annual shows and associated Christmas festival. This year, however, the Symphony decided to bring it closer to home with their “Cozy Christmas Concert,” held on Friday, December 1. The Cozy Christmas Concert was a medley of nine songs, with the first half being mainstream popular holiday songs, and the second half dedicated to more religious Christmas songs.
The Concert had good attendance, a boon to the Symphony which relies on the concert and associated festival to fund most of their yearly operations. The concert, which kicked off at 6:30 p.m. on Friday night, received praise from multiple attendees, with one visitor at the festival the next day saying, “It’s part of the community at this point. So many people have their high schoolers playing in it, their kids dancing in it … it’s kind of a tradition by now.”
The concert gave special mention to Larry Sorensen, their guest conductor for this year, saying in the show’s program, “He brings experience and a good sense of humor along with him.” Sorensen also performs with the Canyon Singers in some of the holiday’s associated shows, a feat which multiple members of the Symphony and Singers very specifically pointed out! The Symphony of the Canyons also expressed gratitude to Tegan Owens, who managed tech for the concert, as well as for the associated Christmas Festival the next day, with one member of the Symphony’s board saying, “none of these events would be possible without him.”
As the holiday season concert and festival are the Symphony’s primary way of fundraising for their operations throughout the year, this year’s concert also included an online auction, which is still open at symphonyofthecanyons.org, with a link at the top. The page also includes a donation link and a list of sponsors that help make this holiday tradition happen.
The Symphony of the Canyons look forward to another year of performing and engaging musically with the community in the coming year.