Broadway star to be featured in Steamboat Springs holiday concert Nov. 29 and 30
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The Steamboat Symphony Orchestra’s annual holiday concert, “Finding Christmas” returns next week.
Ernest Richardson, music director and conductor of the Steamboat Symphony Orchestra, likens the music selection of the annual holiday concert, “Finding Christmas,” to a collection of holiday greeting cards.
Each person chooses a different card to send to friends and family with unique representations of what Christmas means to each sender.
“I observe the community of Steamboat and I look for music that represents all the different aspects, but my goal for the holiday concert is to find music that reflects the beauty of Steamboat,” said Richardson in a recent news release. “One thing everybody talks about when the snow falls around the holidays is Champagne Powder. So, each year I try to find a piece of music that sounds like Champagne Powder looks. It has to sparkle.”
Conjuring holiday memories, the Steamboat Symphony Orchestra’s “Finding Christmas” concert will take the stage at 7 p.m. Nov. 29 and Nov. 30 at the Strings Music Pavilion.
Not only will the concert conjure holiday memories and festivities, it will also see the return of Tiffany Haas, from Broadway’s “Wicked,” singing several popular holiday tunes including, “It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” “Little Drummer Boy” and “Peace on Earth,” with local young vocalist, Guilia Constantini. Student musicians and singers from the Steamboat Festival Chorus will also be featured at the concert.
Haas has spent 10 years on Broadway’s “Wicked” making her entrance to the stage via a giant bubble as “Wicked’s” character, Glinda, the good witch.
“Christmas is incredibly important to me,” said Haas. “I’m a family person, and now that I’m not on Broadway, I can actually be with my family during the holidays.”
Currently, Haas travels across the country performing or teaching master classes at colleges, conservatories, performing art schools and summer intensives. This past September, Tiffany was in Steamboat to take part in a music immersion workshop for Steamboat Springs High School music students
“Performing and teaching go hand in hand,” said Haas. “I love working with young people and it fuels my passion to nurture their talents and dreams. Performing teaches important life skills including perseverance and how hard work can pay off.”
For tickets visit steamboatorchestra.org or call Strings Music Festival at, 970-879-5056.
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