Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
December 7, 2013, 8:00PM, Jones Auditorium, Meredith College
Tis the Season for Family, Music and a Rockin Good Time!
A unique collaboration with a popular Raleigh rock band including a piece with vocalist Amanda Kessell. Selections to include creative new arrangements of classic holiday tunes for The Band Scarlet and your Raleigh Symphony Orchestra!
Don’t Forget to Attend our Christmas Concert After Party!
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Capriccio Italien, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, 1880
Andante un poco rubato, Pochissimo piu mosso, Allegro moderato
White Christmas: Irving Berlin, 1940
White Christmas is the best selling single record of all time, fifty million copies worldwide. It won the Academy Awards best song of 1942 and RIAA ranks it #2 in “Songs of the Century” behind “Over The Rainbow”. It is the most recorded Christmas song and has 500 versions in several languages.
The First Noel
The First Noel is a traditional English carol from the thirteenth century. This combination of tune and lyrics was published in 1823 in “Christmas Carols Ancient and Modern”. Featuring Soprano, Amanda Kessell.
Christmas (Baby Please Come Home): Greenwich, Barry and Spector, 1963
Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) is first the Rolling Stones’ list of the Greatest Rock and Roll Christmas songs, and covered by a long list of artists.
It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year: Pola and Wyle, 1963
It’s The Most wonderful Time of the Year was written for the Andy Williams TV show. It has been #4 by Billboard as the “Top Ten Holiday Songs” since 2001, and often used in advertising and parodies.
Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree: Johnny Marks, 1958
Rockin’Around The Christmas Tree was first recorded by Brenda Lee at thirteen years of age with Boots Randolph on sax. Nielson places it 4th on their list of all-time best selling Christmas/Holiday singles.
All I Want for Christmas is You: Carey and Afanasieff, 1993
All I Want for Christmas is You was originally performed by Maria Carey. The New Yorker calls it “one of the few worthy modern additions to the holiday canon”. It is Carey’s biggest international hit.
Santa Baby: Javits and Springer, 1953
Santa Baby was originally performed by Eartha Kitt, and has been covered by everyone, including Mae West and Pink Martini.
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas: Martin and Blane, 1944
Featuring the Band Scarlet. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas was introduced by Judy Garland in “Meet Me In St. Louis”, and covered famously by Frank Sinatra. ASCAP ranked it the third most performed Christmas song in 2007.
Guest Musicians and Programming Notes
Orchestra Arrangements by Harrison Fisher, Emily McLawhorn and Jim Waddelow
Capriccio Italien – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840 – 1893)
Tchaikovsky was born to a middle class family in Russia. He started composing at age four and studied composition with Anton Rubenstein at St. Petersburg Conservatory. Johann Strauss the Younger first performed Tchaikovsky’s works in 1866 and he quickly became a world music figure, He was the first Russian composer whose music made a lasting impression internationally. Tchaikovsky conducted at the grand opening of Carnegie Hall in 1891 and received an honorary doctorate degree from Cambridge University, England. Often criticized by his colleagues for not being “Russian enough” in his harmonies, Tchaikovsky’s audiences have always loved his expressive melodies.
The Capriccio Italien is a fantasy for orchestra inspired by a trip to Rome during Carnival. It contains Italian folk songs which Tchaikovsky heard on the streets. The opening fanfare is a signal used at the cavalry barracks. Tchaikovsky was very pleased with this composition and found it “delightful”.
Amanda Kessell lives in Raleigh and is the lead singer for The Band Scarlet. She met Dr. Waddelow at Meredith College in the opera “Trial By Jury”. Ms Kessell is the full time National Anthem singer for the Carolina Hurricanes.
The Band Scarlet
Scarlet is a four piece regional dance band formed in 2010 comprised of Paul Zizzo on lead guitar and vocals, Jeramy Bell on bass and vocals, Tony Williams on drums, and Amanda Kessell, vocals. Scarlet has an energetic stage show featuring Top 40 music from the 80s, 90s and today. Their website www.thescarletband.com lists the band’s appearances in Raleigh and other North Carolina venues. Scarlet is also available for private and corporate events, where they keep the dance floor packed and everyone has a good time.
For ticket information call the RSO box office at (919) 546-9755 or purchase tickets online.