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La Jeunesse goes Home for the Holidays

Cecilia Nasmith

By Cecilia Nasmith, Northumberland Today

La Jeunesse Youth Orchestra will perform Home for the Holidays Dec. 11 at 3 p.m. at Port Hope United Church.
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La Jeunesse Youth Orchestra will perform Home for the Holidays Dec. 11 at 3 p.m. at Port Hope United Church. SUBMITTED PHOTO

PORT HOPE - 

La Jeunesse Youth Orchestra’s annual Home for the Holidays concert returns for an 18th season on Dec. 11, with a variety of traditional and popular repertoire that will appeal to audiences of all ages.

The concert begins with A Christmas Portrait, a medley of popular Christmas songs that includes O’Carolan’s Orchestral Suite (a three-movement suite containing interesting arrangements, a romantic-style slow air, and a lively and energetic third movement) and Egyptian Legacy (a dynamic and intense work where the sounds of Egypt are brought to life).

The second half of the concert will take you back in time for Edward’s Three Henry VIII Dances (a collection of three dances written as incidental music for the play 1892 London play Henry VIII) and Blamages's Ice Sculptures (a beautiful piece capturing the essence of winter), along with popular crowd Christmas favorites.

Based in Port Hope, the orchestra draws young musicians from a wide area across Northumberland County and Durham Region. Young musicians and adult coaches rehearse each Saturday morning during the school year, led by music director Michael Lyons and director of strings Laurie Mitchell.

They will perform Home for the Holidays Dec. 11 at 3 p.m. at Port Hope United Church (34 South St.).

Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for students and free for those aged 12 and under. They are available at the door, and in advance by calling 1-866-460-LJYO (5596) or visiting www.ljyo.ca.



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