STOCKTON — On the heels of an immensely popular Stockton Pops season opener, the Symphony brings Broadway to town once again when it presents its Holiday Pops concert on Sunday, Dec. 11.
The first concert begins at 2:30 p.m. at the Atherton Auditorium on the San Joaquin Delta College campus in Stockton. After three consecutive years of sellouts, a second performance has been added on Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
This festive event features outstanding Broadway performer Doug LaBrecque who was featured in Oscar Hammerstein’s 100th Birthday Celebration on Broadway and has toured nationally with Les Misérables. Joining LaBrecque and the Symphony are the Stockton Chorale and the Stockton Youth Chorale. Guests can count on spirited sing-alongs, including a grand finale of Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah,” and Santa’s cameo appearance.
Purchase tickets online at www.stocktonsymphony.org or call the Symphony office at (209) 951-0196 to order tickets in advance. Tickets begin at $22; tickets for children and students with an ID are half price.
LaBrecque thrilled theater audiences as the Phantom and Raoul in the Harold Prince production of The Phantom of the Opera. He has starred on Broadway as Ravenal in Hal Prince’s Show Boat, a role he also performed in Canada and Chicago. He starred in the world premiere of A Wonderful Life, written by Sheldon Harnick and Joe Raposo and in the premiere revival of Kurt Weill and Alan Jay Lerner’s Love Life.
Founded by Arthur J. Holton in 1951, the Stockton Chorale has been an integral part of the Central Valley’s musical life for almost sixty years. The largest choral group between Sacramento and Fresno, the Chorale performs regularly with the Stockton Symphony and the Stockton Opera as well as presenting its own diverse subscription series. Magen Solomon, the artistic director and conductor, and the Chorale are moving in new directions to welcome talented and dedicated singers.
Stockton Youth Chorale
The Stockton Youth Chorale, conducted by Joan Calonico, is open to young singers in fourth grade through high school. Students learn vocal production, performance etiquette, enhance their music reading abilities, and have a lot of fun in the process. Children from throughout San Joaquin County participate in the Youth Chorale, and it is open to all children by audition.