Terre Haute Sinfonietta

2018 Sinfonietta Winter Concert:



Saturday, November 17, 2018

Cecilian Auditorium

 St. Mary-of-the-Woods College

2:00 p.m.


Something Old. Christmas Music, Old and New! St. Nicholas will be here bearing small gifts for the children! Free refreshments of punch and cookies for all!


A New Tradition. Please bring a new pair of socksany color, any size…for our friends and neighbors that might need a clean, dry pair of socks to keep their feet warm this winter. The socks will be given to local organizations that help others during the holidays.

Admission: Adults $10, Students $5, and children ten and under, Free


“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” and the Sinfonietta Pops Orchestra is preparing a concert to fulfill that expectation.  New music has arrived to be performed along with some of the traditional songs and carols of the season, completing a playlist  that encourages the spirit of the holidays. The concert begins at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 17 In the Cecilian Auditorium at Saint Mary-of-the- Woods College.  Tickets are available at the door:  Adults, $10, Students, $5, Children 10 and under, Free. 


Special traditions of the Christmas concert include a visit by St. Nicholas bringing gifts for the children and the free punch and home-made cookies served at intermission.  In the spirit of giving we ask the audience to bring a new pair of socks to the concert that can be distributed to our neighbors in need; last year we were able to give over 450 pairs of socks to local charities.  Socks are often the number one needed item for homeless shelters and food pantry patrons but the least donated item. Agencies need socks year-round to help keep feet dry, warm, clean and protected from the elements.


The lyrics to the Christmas hymn In the Bleak Midwinter were written by Christina Rossetti sometime before 1872. Gustav Holst set the words to music in 1906 where it appeared in “The English Hymnal” The lyrics describe the birth of Jesus…In the bleak midwinter. This arrangement by Robert W. Smith includes a special effect at the end with the musicians simulating a cold winter’s wind.


The Nutcracker Ballet has become a part of the Christmas tradition.  Each year there are more than a thousand productions of the ballet performed around the world. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky was a leading Russian Composer of symphonies and ballet scores.  The orchestra will perform four dances from the Nutcracker: March of the Nutcracker, Trepak or Russian Dance, Dance of the Flowers and Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Assistant Conductor, Rodney A. Foster will conduct this number and also Sleigh Ride and A Carol Festival.


Bring a Torch Jeannette, Isabella is a carol originating in the Provence region of France and was first published in 1533. Another short carol, The Holly and the Ivy, will be performed with it as a suite.  Both carols were arranged by Chip Davis of Mannheim Steamroller fame.


Children of Sanchez is the sixteenth overall album by jazz artist Chuck Mangione. It is also the soundtrack to the 1978 film The Children of Sanchez. Chuck Mangione won a Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Performance for the title song, "Children of Sanchez”. Listen for the electric bass feature!


Christmas at the Movies is a medley which includes the theme songs from Christmas movies thru the years such as Miracle on 34th St., The Polar Express, Somewhere in My Memory, Making Christmas and Where are You Christmas?


Music Director James N. Chesterson expresses his appreciation to Arts Illiana, The Indiana Arts Commission, and the City of Terre Haute for grants that enable the Sinfonietta Pops Orchestra to provide easily accessible live music performance in the Wabash Valley.









Terre Haute Sinfonietta Pops Orchestra