I have been hearing since I moved here that Greenville has quite a fine symphony. Bob and I aren’t familiar with the great composers music so we don’t know f the music any symphony plays. No matter what the style of music I most appreciate it if I have heard it before. I thought for Christmas we might recognize the music and it was fantastic. There were only two songs from the 1600’s that I didn’t recognize.
We went on Friday night and it was the perfect way to get into the spirit of the holidays. The vocalist, Steve Lippia, who sings Sinatra style songs and usually plays in Las Vegas, was fantastic. The acoustics and sound arranging at the Peace Center (for my MN friends this is like Orchestra Hall) was pitch perfect. How you can have 100 musicians playing behind one vocalist and not have the orchestra overpower the singer is indeed a work of art. We even had one song that was enhanced by 7 dancers from the International Ballet who is here doing the Nutcracker. Steve sang a couple Sinatra songs that weren’t for Christmas – That’s Life and It was a Very Good Year. He was really great.
Steve also gave us history on some of the songs that we think of as Christmas songs. Did you know that Jingle Bells was originally written for Thanksgiving and The Christmas Song, chestnuts roasting on an open fire, was composed on a hot California summer day, before air conditioning, by Nat King Cole and Mel Torme?
The concert is only for three performances and it was sold out. I’m so glad we went. We have the opportunity to attend two Symphony performances for half price next year so will probably try that at least once. Click on the Symphony link to see what performances are coming up. If any of you have recommendations for what we might like I would love your advice.