Sammamish Symphony joins choir to create sounds of season

December 4, 2012

By Ari Cetron

One of Sammamish’s holiday traditions, the Holiday Pops concert by the Sammamish Symphony, will have a new twist this year.

John Patrick Lowrie, known for work at the Village Theatre and voice-acting in a host of popular video games, will read “’Twas the Night Before Christmas,” to the accompaniment of the symphony.

“We try to make it interesting,” said R. Joseph Scott, conductor of the symphony.

The show will feature a host of popular holiday songs, Scott said, including Christmas and Hanukkah songs.

“It includes all sorts of fun works,” he said.

If you go

Sammamish Symphony Holiday Pops Concert

  • 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7
  • Meydenbauer Center Theatre, 11100 N.E. Sixth St., Bellevue
  • 2 p.m. Dec. 9
  • Eastlake High School, 400 228th Ave. N.E., Sammamish
  • Tickets: $12 to $16

He said that some will be songs people will recognize, while others may not be familiar as holiday songs, such as the final scene from “Swan Lake,” but may spark an interest in the music.

“It’s a family show,” Scott said. “It’s to come and enjoy the season.”

The symphony also likes to connect with a local school choir, he said, and this year students from Beaver Lake Middle School will be singing along.

“We’re going to be great,” said Tina Worthington, director of the Beaver Lake choir.

Worthington said the students have been working on the songs, an arrangement of some familiar Christmas carols and some likely unfamiliar carols, since the beginning of the school year.

Worthington said the students in her choir are excited and are not intimidated at the thought of performing in a venue like the Meydenbauer Center. The group frequently performs in unfamiliar venues, including Seattle Center and shows in Leavenworth.

“Our goal is to get them singing in front of the public as often as possible,” she said. “I think the audience will be pleasantly surprised at their skill level as singers.”

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