Anderson: A Christmas Festival
A Christmas Festival
Lakeview Orchestra will perform Anderson’s A Christmas Festival on Tuesday, December 18th at 7:30PM at the Athenaeum Theatre.
Famous for his “concert music with a pop quality” (his own words), Leroy Anderson (1908-1975) possessed not merely a skill in technique and a rich melodic gift, but also an engaging sense of humor. He was particularly successful in creating descriptive pieces that effectively borrowed sounds and rhythms of the extra-musical world; such as the ticking of a clock, the clicking of a typewriter, and the ringing of sleigh bells. One of Anderson’s best known and cherished works for the holiday season is A Christmas Festival. The work includes excerpts from “Joy to the World,” “Deck the Halls,” “Hark the Herald Angels Sing,” “Silent Night,” “Jingle Bells,” and others. Anderson recalled of the work, “There are all types of things that have been written for various occasions… [The Boston Pops] asked me to do a concert overture, and this is how it came about.”
Program notes by Luke Smith.