South Bend Symphony’s “Home for the Holidays” concerts, led by Chelsea Tipton II

Posted on: December 13, 2021

“On Dec. 18 and 19, the South Bend Symphony Orchestra presents its ‘Home for the Holidays’ concerts,” writes Jack Walton in Thursday’s (12/9) South Bend Tribune (IN). “Guest conductor Chelsea Tipton II says he’s pleased to open the concerts with one of the Boston Pops’ most brilliant arrangements: the ‘Christmas Scherzo,’ put together by Don Sebesky “In less than four minutes, the piece zooms through ‘Bring a Torch, Jeannette, Isabella,’ ‘Here We Come A-Wassailing,’ ‘The Holly and the Ivy,’ ‘I Saw Three Ships,’ ‘O Come All Ye Faithful’ and ‘O Tannenbaum.’… David Lovrien’s ‘Minor Alterations,’ opens the second half of the concert with another medley…. ‘It takes familiar Christmas carols and moves them from their major keys to minor keys,’ [says] Tipton, [who] serves as music director for the Symphony of Southeast Texas…. Soprano Emilie Lynn … says she’s looking forward to duetting [with vocalist Devin DeSantis] on ‘The Prayer,’ written by the team of David Foster, Carole Bayer Sager, Alberto Testa and Tony Renis…. The broad range of music in ‘Home for the Holidays’ is a sign of the times. ‘When young musicians tell me they want to go into classical music, I … tell them they need to be versatile,’ Tipton says.”