The Christmas season is an El Dorado for orchestras. The great compositions for symphonies and choirs often have the festive season as a backdrop or inspiration.
The Northern Orchestra, a community ensemble led by maestro Gordon Lucas, is set to shine their musical light like a bright star in a black sky. Their show Gloria! In Excelsis Deo is scheduled for appearances in Prince George and Vanderhoof to celebrate the season.
This Christmas concert, said Lucas, features "the incredible Vivaldi Gloria, with choir led by Yoshi Sawatsky. Also on the program is the Bach Double Concerto featuring violin soloists Karyn Schlamp and Amber Ens, and the G Minor Concerto Grosso by Corelli, Notte de Natale, with soloists Kevin Teichroeb and Karyn Schlamp. Truly one of the most beautiful Christmas works ever penned."
The Northern Orchestra frequently performs in Vanderhoof but this show has a venue change that excites the cast and crew. Their show there is on Sunday at the Grand Reo Theatre at 2 p.m.
The Prince George performance is Saturday at First Baptist Church at 2:30 p.m.
Tickets are $10 adults, $7.50 for students/seniors.
The orchestra was founded by Lucas in 2002. Since 2010 it has offered an annual concert series including large and small events to show off the all-local talent that makes up the group's ranks.
"The Northern Orchestra does not charge a fee to its members," said a statement issued by the group.
"It operates primarily with volunteers and is guided by a group of orchestra representatives made up of musicians and community members. It relies on community donations and sponsorship in order to cover its costs for concerts, travel, hall rentals, guest soloists and music purchases."
The Christmas concert is the triumphant end of their musical year, but not their season.
More concerts are scheduled through the spring before a summer hiatus.
While enjoying the seasonal music at these upcoming concerts, the gift of music will be available.
The Northern Orchestra has season passes for its collection of concerts.