MONTROSE, Colo. (KREX) – From teenagers to 80-somethings, over 100 regional musicians in the Valley Symphony Association (VSA) Orchestra and Chorus shared the stage to present their annual sell-out spectacular, Christmas by Candlelight.
The VSA is a regional all-volunteer arts organization in its milestone 50th season. Musicians of all ages and walks of life hail from throughout the Western Slope, including the Uncompahgre, Grand, and North Fork Valleys.
“This year, we’re featuring ‘Christmas on Broadway and Film,’ as tunes and soundtracks from these mediums have become instantly recognizable and integral staples of the end-of-the-year festivities we communally share,” said VSA Publicist Stacey Ryan. Along with popular secular seasonal selections, the VSA will perform an array of traditional carols, hymns, and spirituals. The concert will culminate with the “Hallelujah” chorus from Handel’s “Messiah.”
“We are grateful to Volunteers of America (VOA) for stepping up as our December concert partner for the third season in a row,” VSA Board Member Priscilla Fry said.
“Music brings passion and joy to life, and we witness the amazing effects music has in the lives of those we serve in our various healthcare and housing programs,” VOA Regional Marketing Director Erin Berge said. “The missions of VSA and VOA align in that we both seek to uplift and enrich lives. One of many ways we provide this is through the enjoyment of music. Music sparks memories and connects us to our happiest moments, especially around the holidays. We sincerely appreciate the opportunity to partner with the VSA in their Christmas by Candlelight concerts.”
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