Symphony, chorale to combine sounds in Parker

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Two south area musical organizations celebrate a new home this year with a combined holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 and 8 at Parker's PACE Center. Both are designated Artistic Partners of the center, with concerts scheduled through the season.

The Parker Symphony, in its 18th season, started as the South Suburban Community Orchestra and played in Littleton for a number of years. Members, from throughout the metro area, are volunteers who love to perform on their instruments with others. It has named its 18th season “Creative Celebrations and Collaborations: Cellos, Children, Concerto, Choirs and more.”

The director, violinist Rene Knetsch, is a professional who also serves as concertmaster for the Lone Tree Symphony, conducts the Arapahoe Community College orchestra, performs with the Central City Opera orchestra and Confluence Quartet, freelances and teaches private students. Some years ago, he became aware of the value of community orchestras in providing a means of expression for musicians who must spend their days working in other fields.

The Parker Chorale was founded by Alicia Pope more recently and is conducted by Robert Krier, who joined the chorale in June 2012. He is a retired educator, music minister and music director and teaches privately. Jane MacQueen is accompanist.

The two organizations will play/sing together: “Gloria” by Vivaldi (first movement only); “Laudate Dominum” by Mozart; “Christus” by Mendelssohn; “Hallelujah Chorus from Christ on the Mount of Olives” by Beethoven; “Hymn to the Fallen” by John Williams; “O Holy Night,” arranged by Rene Clausen; “We Wish You a Merry Christmas (with hand bells)” arranged by John Rutter.

The Chorale will perform alone: “Tambourine Noel”; Carol of the Bells”; “Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus”; “Deck the Halls”; “Variations on Jingle Bells (with hand bells).

The orchestra will play: “Adoramus Te” by Palestrini/Stokowski; “Christmas Festival” by Anderson; “Sleigh Ride” by Delius; and “Festive Sounds of Hanukah” by Holcombe.

A reception will follow each concert so the audience can visit with the musicians.

Tickets are available at the PACE Center: 303-805-6800, PACECenteronline.org.