The Magic of the Holidays

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Sunday, December 9th, 2018  3:00 p.m.

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Knowledge, insightful and entertaining are compliments we have heard when speaking of U. of D. Professor, Gregory Sumner, our resident movie maven. The holiday concert has assumed a theatrical atmosphere with the input from Greg, who has become "a movie star" himself since last season by being included in a documentary about Detriot.

Great movies without great musical scores are hard to imagine. Professor Sumner sets the stage for us by explaining the plot and history of a number of holiday movies, and then famous portions are projected over the orchestra. The MSO concludes each portion by playing "live" the music that helped make the movie great. There will be some old classics like White Christmas and The Christmas song (Chestnuts) as well as some more contemporary examples like Home Alone and Polar Express. There are classics that have become well known despite the movie being forgetten.These include the Parade of the Wooden Soliders and Carol of the Drum.

 On every ones to do list at holiday time is attendance at a performacne of the Nutcracker, Tchaikovsky's famous ballet. Joining us will be the Macomb Ballet in an interpretation of the most popular dances for this classic.

The afternoon will conclude with a visit from Santa, bringing treats for the boys and girls and a traditional carol sing-along for all.