Fort Bend Symphony returns to Stafford Centre stage with annual holiday program

Posted on: December 8, 2021

“People dressed in red and green sweaters took pictures in front of a fully-decorated Christmas tree … Sunday afternoon in the lobby of the Stafford Centre’s Performing Arts Theatre,” writes Stefan Modrich in Monday’s (12/6) Fort Bend Star (TX). “They were there for the triumphant return of a venerable community institution—the Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra and its ‘Deck the Halls’ holiday concert. FBSO president William Rhodes said it was significant for the 31-member orchestra and its affiliated chorus of 15-20 voices to deliver its first live performance since 2019 in front of hundreds of attendees…. Music director Dominique Royem—who guided the ensemble through a collection of classic Christmas and Hanukkah tunes and medleys from ‘Sleigh Ride’ to ‘Rock of Ages’ to ‘The 12 Days of Christmas’ … said, ‘We have been missing this down to the depths of our soul … We’re so glad you’re here with us.’ …. Rhodes said providing online programming has been crucial during the COVID-19 pandemic. ‘We love having people in the Stafford Centre, we want to fill the hall…. But at the same time, we also want to be … reach … the residents of Fort Bend County, literally wherever they are.’ ”