The holiday season is a perfect opportunity to enjoy classical music that is only heard once a year. Following are some Christmas-themed programs that are joined by symphony orchestras and local chamber with solo singers, choirs and more.
David Archuleta, better known as second place finalist in "American Idol" and for the top 10 single "Crush" in 2008, titles the December 1 event of the San Bernardino Symphony.
During past orchestral shows, the Tennessee-based vocalist discovered that "the experience of sharing the stage with so many other talented musicians was powerful." This rare appearance in Inland Empire is scheduled to present songs from their Christmas albums. Archuleta is particularly excited to make selections from the new collection "Winter in the Air" because they were geared towards "a classic from the 40s and 50s with string arrangements … I really love singing (the luxurious title of the title) live and take people to a wonderland of winter, "he said in a recent interview.
Archuleta opted for "an old school style" in the line of Nat King Cole and "timeless feeling" in the new album. He co-directed the vibrant opening event "Christmas Everyday" with Grammy-nominated composer Dave Barnes (Blake Shelton, Thomas Rhett).
"I wanted the songs to feel familiar, not only because of the melody and the lyrics, but because of the arrangements. "I had a lot of fun with that and the strings have that happy" classic Christmas "for them."
Symphony of San Bernardino
The first half of the program, with guest director Dean Anderson, will include music by Tchaikovsky, Vaughn Williams, Rimsky-Korsakov, Anderson and a world premiere of Nilo Alcala. Archuleta performs during the second half.
When: 7:30 pm. December 1st
Where: California Performing Arts Theater, 562 W. 4th St., San Bernardino
Tickets: $ 30- $ 65; $ 15 active military and students
Information: 909-381-5388, sanbernardinosymphony.org
As well: Archuleta will perform a non-orchestral Christmas show at The Troubadour in West Hollywood on November 26, $ 35, troubadour.com.
California Chamber Orchestra
The concert "Gifts" will feature works by Debussy, Respighi, Susa and more from the orchestra and Temecula Valley Master Chorale.
When: 7:30 pm. December 1st
Where: United Methodist Church Murrieta, 24652 Adams Ave., Murrieta
Tickets: $ 35 adults; $ 30 seniors; $ 10 students; Children under 10 years free with regular or senior ticket.
Information: 866-653-8696, calchamberorchestra.org
Symphony of the Valley of Temecula
The "Winter Bliss" concert, with vocal duo Jonathan Hawkins and Heather Lundstedt-O'Neill accompanying the orchestra, will include classics and a selection from the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
When: 2 p.m. December 15
Where: Murrieta Mesa High School, 123 Murrieta Road, Murrieta
Tickets: $ 30 for adults; $ 25 for adults over 65 and active military with identification; $ 15 students aged 25 and under; $ 10 children under 12 years old.
Information: 951-587-1536, temeculavalleysymphony.org
Tomasz Golka will lead the orchestra at Christmas and the music of Hanukkah by Strauss, Tchaikovsky, Wendel and Vince Guaraldi ("A Charlie Brown Christmas"), as well as other seasonal favorites and Christmas carols.
When: 7:30 pm. December 15
Where: Coil School for the Arts, 3890 University Ave., Riverside
Tickets: $ 35- $ 50; $ 10 seniors, military and students at the door
Information: 951-787-0251, riversidephilharmonic.org
Symphony of redlands
"A Christmas Carol: The Concert" marks the first holiday program of the symphony in more than 40 years. Based on the Charles Dickens classic, it will feature singer-songwriters and the Inland Master Chorale.
When: 8 p.m. December 15
Where: Memorial Chapel, University of Redlands, 1200 E. Colton Ave., Redlands
Tickets: $ 15- $ 70
Information: 909-587-5565, redlandssymphony.com