Christmas concert breaks records
BAYTOWN, Texas – There wasn’t an open seat in the house when the Baytown Symphony Orchestra and the Bay Area Mass Choir presented their annual Christmas Fantasy concert, Saturday, Dec. 4 and Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010. The first holiday concert to be performed over a two-night period, a Christmas Fantasy was held in the 700-seat main theatre of the Lee College Performing Arts Center.
Under the direction of Conductor Dennis Eichler, the orchestra performed selections including Festival Overture by Dimitri Shostakovich, Afternoon of a Faun by Claude Debussy and Rocky Point Holiday, written by American composer Ron Nelson.
The 200 member Bay Area Mass Choir joined the orchestra in performing contemporary and traditional holiday selections including Sleigh Ride, Jingle Bells, and the original version of Hallelujah Chorus from G.F. Handel’s The Messiah.
Organized by Jack Hall, worship arts pastor at Second Baptist Church, the choir featured singers from Cedar Bayou Baptist, Cedar Bayou Grace Methodist, Central Baptist, Dell Dale Baptist, First Baptist, Second Baptist, Fisher Road Baptist, Memorial Baptist, Old River Baptist, South Avenue Baptist, Wooster Baptist and First Baptist Church of La Porte.
Choir Directors Paul Buchanan, Brian Watson, Bill Marshall, Bill Ingram, Jack Hall, Lance Read, Kent Reep and David Truitt each conducted a vocal selection.
Soloists featured in the program included tenor Paul Buchannan, alto Kelli Motley, alto Karen Dikes, alto Jamie Lawhon, and mezzo-soprano Jolanta Hoffman.
Ten-year-old Hallie Lord and eight-year-old Maggie Watson stole the audience’s heart with solo performances featured in the selections, In the Bleak Midwinter, and I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.
For additional information regarding the Baytown Symphony Orchestra, please visit: www.baytownsymphony.org.