Steamboat Symphony Orchestra delivers holiday magic this week |

Steamboat Symphony Orchestra delivers holiday magic this week

Kick off the holidays with the Steamboat Symphony Orchestra holiday concert, “Finding Christmas.” (Courtesy photo)

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Some find Christmas in presents or decorating for the holidays, and others find holiday magic with the first snow of the season.

The Steamboat Symphony Orchestra discovers Christmas in music during this week’s “Finding Christmas” concert.

“It is the magic we seek wrapped up in the sound of our orchestra,” said Ernest Richardson, the orchestra’s music director and conductor. “It’s an experience in sights and sounds, in brilliance and quiet peace.”

The annual celebration of classical and holiday-themed music will take center stage at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28 and Thursday, Nov. 29 at the Strings Music Pavilion.

Not only will the concert conjure up holiday memories, it will also include popular holiday tunes, like “The First Noel,” “Let It Snow,” “Sleigh Ride” and an audience favorite, “Christmas Carol Sing Along,” with members of the Yampa Valley Choral Society.

If you go

What: Steamboat Symphony Orchestra: “Finding Christmas” holiday concert

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28 and Thursday, Nov. 29

Where: Strings Music Festival, 900 Strings Road

The concert will also feature solos and duets by soprano and Broadway artist Meredith Lustig, as well as tenor Travis Taylor, who is currently traveling with the Broadway National Tour of “Phantom of the Opera.”

In addition, several of Steamboat’s talented young artists will perform including Steamboat Springs High School Orchestra flutist Arianna Tullis and vocalists Madison Lee and Giulia Costantini.

This year, Costantini, who sang a duet with “Wicked” Broadway star Tiffany Haas last year and was asked to sing for the concert again this year, said she will be singing one of composer Pietro Yon’s classics, “Gesu Bambino,” as well as Alan Silvestri’s “Believe” from the film “The Polar Express.”

“It’s about connecting to what Christmas represents,” Costantini said. “It’s something special in everyone’s hearts. It’s the feeling of being with those you love and coming together as people and a community.”

In order to fully experience the music, Costantini offered a helpful tip.

“Come without worries or clutter of everyday life,” she said. “You should be able to lose yourself in the music and feeling.”

Tickets range from $10 to $65 for the performances and are available for purchase online at

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1.

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