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Symphony to present A Holiday Gift of Music on Dec. 4

The Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra will present 'A Holiday Gift of Music' at 1 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at Mt. Hood Community College Theater, on the corner of Kane Drive and 29th Avenue.

Guest Conductor Andrew Sewell will lead the orchestra in 'Peter and The Wolf' with narrator Bill Barry and puppets from Tears of Joy Puppet Theatre.

In the late 1930s, the Soviet Union's Central Children's Theater commissioned Prokofiev, a famed composer, to write a musical symphony just for children. In just four days, Prokofiev responded with 'Peter and the Wolf,' which has since become a children's classic. The narrated symphony relates the tale of Peter's efforts to capture a wolf.

The Portland Symphonic Girlchoir, under the direction of Roberta Jackson and Deb Burgess, will be on hand to share seasonal favorites, and the audience will be invited to sing along.

There will also be a musical 'petting zoo' where concertgoers can try out instruments.

The show's music selections include the 'Polar Express Concert Suite,' the 'Hanukkah Festival Overture,' 'Christmas on Broadway' and others.

Tears of Joy

One of the nation's outstanding award-winning puppet theatres, Tears of Joy was founded in Hawaii in 1971 before moving to the Portland area in 1973. Managing Director Paul Jacobs and Artistic Director Nancy Aldrich currently lead the troupe.

Conductor

Sewell is entering his 11th season as music director of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. A native of New Zealand, Sewell can play violin, piano and cornet and began conducting at age 16. His previous appointments include music director and conductor of the Wichita Symphony in Kansas and the Mansfield Symphony in Ohio.

Choir

The Girlchoir has 130 singers in five ensembles. The girls range in age from 6-18, and perform throughout the Portland metro area and southwest Washington.

Tickets are $10 for adults and seniors, $5 for students and children. Order at columbiasymphony.org; by phone at 503-234-4077; or at the door beginning one hour before each performance.