“The President’s Own” Marine Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Assistant Director Maj. Michelle A. Rakers, will fill the Leatherneck Gallery at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, Va., with the sounds of the season at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 11. The holiday concert is free and open to the public; no tickets are required.
The orchestra’s performance will include such holiday classics as Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride,” Victor Herbert’s March of the Toys from Babes in Toyland, Felix Bernard’s “Winter Wonderland,” and Irving Berlin’s ever popular hit “White Christmas.” Audience members will have the chance to feel like they’re outside gliding along in the frosty weather during Émile Waldteufel’s “Les Patineurs” (The Skaters) and enjoy the sounds of Hanukah during Rhapsody for Hanukah, a medley of songs by former Marine Band Chief Arranger Stephen Bulla. The orchestra will conclude their performance with Leroy Anderson’s A Christmas Festival, a medley of the most beloved holiday songs and carols, including “Joy to the World,” “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” “Good King Wenceslas,” “Silent Night,” and “Jingle Bells.”
The second half of the concert will feature a holiday sing-a-long led by the Marine Band’s two vocalists: baritone Master Sgt. Kevin Bennear and mezzo-soprano Gunnery Sgt. Sara Dell’Omo. The audience will be able to sing along to such favorite carols as “Deck the Halls,” “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” “Joy to the World,” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”
The evening concert is perfect for families and all ages, and a great way to kick off the holiday season. The National Museum of the Marine Corps is located at 18900 Jefferson Davis Highway in Triangle, Va. Parking is free.
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