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Celebrate community with the Folsom Symphony

By From page B2 | November 23, 2011

Holiday cheer will be in abundance as the Folsom Symphony performs "A Joyful Celebration€" on Dec. 10 and 11. Included in the program are works by Johann Sebastian Bach. Photo, public domain

This is the time of the year when our community celebrates.

We celebrate many things — family faith, successful harvests, another year of living. And we look forward throughout the Christmas and Hanukkah seasons to a better New Year.

Celebrations here in the El Dorado Hills area take many forms. Personally, I like indulging in mountain grown Mandarin oranges, large slices of Apple Hill pie and hot cocoa. And … the season simply would not be complete without attending the Folsom Symphony’s annual holiday concert, “A Joyful Celebration,” on Dec. 10 or 11.
The music is spectacular each year thanks to the talents of Maestro Michael Neumann and the symphony members.

Plus, the community members who attend the event make it extra special. Before the symphony, during the intermission and afterward you won’t find a nicer, more genteel, more polite group of folks. Many are from El Dorado Hills and Folsom. Many more are from Sacramento and the surrounding area.

This event sets the tone for the rest of the season for many.

Neumann selects the musical works for each concert — up to two years in advance. Each year he includes a balance of classical and popular works.

“I have chosen some music that I feel the audience will really enjoy,” Neumann said. “Much of it will be somewhat familiar to many people. The concert will be rather ‘light’ in its feel, which I think is very appropriate for a holiday concert.”

Featured works will include: “Dance of the Comedians” by Bedřich Smetana, “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” by Johann Sebastian Bach, the “Nutcracker Suite” by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, plus additional works by Bach, Paul Dukas and Edvard Grieg.

Look for delightful imitations of birds as the Folsom Symphony performs “Gli uccelli” by Ottorino Respighi.

The familiar sound of sleigh bells will bring smiles to many as Leroy Anderson’s famous “Sleigh Ride” is performed.

“I am looking forward to working together with soloist Susan Lamb Cook who will be playing a wonderful piece, the Tchaikovsky ‘Variations on a Rococo Theme,’” Neumann added. “So, I hope many people attend this upbeat and joyful event, and support our wonderful orchestra.”

One of the fun parts of this concert is when Neumann conducts the symphony and the entire audience in traditional sing-along Christmas carols. Smiles and good cheer abound.

This experience is a confirmation that hope lives right in the hearts of our neighbors.
That is something worth celebrating.

“A Joyful Celebration” will be performed on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 11, at 3 p.m. Three Stages is located at 10 College Parkway (just off East Bidwell Street) in Folsom. Parking is free.

Single tickets are $25 to $55. Season tickets, as well as reduced cost tickets for students and seniors, are available. To purchase call (916) 357-6718 or visit

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Susan Laird


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