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Steamboat Springs Symphony Orchestra holiday concert set for next week

The Yampa Valley Choral Singers and the Steamboat Springs Symphony Orchestra rehearse for last year's Christmas Spectacular. The orchestra will present its holiday concert, "Finding Christmas," Dec. 2 and 3 at the Strings Music Pavilion. The concert will feature Broadway star Tiffany Haas and a variety of local musicians and singers.

— While arranging this year's holiday concert, "Finding Christmas," Ernest Richardson, music director of the Steamboat Springs Orchestra, said he was taken back to his childhood and his own Christmas soundtrack.

"This season is one that has a soundtrack in everyone's imagination," Richardson said. "For me, it all harkens back to those carols I remember playing as a child."

If You Go…

What: Steamboat Springs Orchestra Holiday Concert: "Finding Christmas"

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, and Thursday, Dec. 3

Where: Strings Music Pavilion, 900 Strings Road

Tickets: $20 for adults and free for children. Purchase on the Steamboat Springs Orchestra website

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Richardson said the theme of this year's concert, which takes place at 7 p.m. Dec. 2 and 3 at the Strings Music Pavilion, reflects family traditions and experiences of returning home during the holiday season.

"I think that it goes back to a desire to go home, because when we go to our origins, we look for meaning in that way," he said. "Going home for the holidays, we go back to our roots. However we celebrate it, everyone is trying to find something that is meaningful or something that grounds you a bit more.

Through the arch of experiences, everyone finds meaning of the holiday in a different way.”

All of the arrangements, Richardson said, will be unique to Steamboat and have been adapted for the orchestra.

Also unique to this concert is an appearance by Broadway star Tiffany Haas, who performed with the orchestra last spring.

According to a news release from SSO, Haas is looking forward to returning to Steamboat and enjoys the challenge of performing with an orchestra.

"In a musical, I am playing a character in a story, and the audience is on the outside looking in," Haas said. "In a concert setting, I am playing myself. I can interact with the audience. The audience is on the inside looking in."

Featuring not only professional musicians and singers from the community, the "Finding Christmas" concert will also showcase the hard work of young students, who have spent countless hours rehearsing with the guidance of teacher and concertmaster, Teresa Steffen Greenlee.

"This is a big production to put together, with many different players involved," said Beth Blaskovich, SSO director. "I'm looking forward to seeing the collaborative process come together. Ernest has a really unique and exciting take on it by exploring all of those ways in which we look for Christmas, because it's a little different for everyone."

"Finding Christmas" concert tickets start at $20, and the performance is free for children. Tickets can be purchased on the Steamboat Springs Orchestra website under "Concerts."

"However it is that one loves Christmas, we are going to have that opportunity here this Christmas," Richardson said.

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If You Go…

What: Steamboat Springs Orchestra Holiday Concert: “Finding Christmas”

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, and Thursday, Dec. 3

Where: Strings Music Pavilion, 900 Strings Road

Tickets: $20 for adults and free for children. Purchase on the Steamboat Springs Orchestra website