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Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra celebrates festive season with Holiday Magic Concert

(Photo courtesy of Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Ring in the season with an evening of Holiday Magic on Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m. with the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra.

The concert will take place at the Cheyenne Civic Center. Tickets are on sale now for $12–$53. Interested attendees can call 307-778-8561 or visit cheyennesymphony.org.

The concert will feature guest conductor Scott O’Neil, tenor soloist Joshua Cooper, the Cheyenne Chamber Singers, the Cheyenne All-City Children’s Chorus and En Avant Dance Studio, according to a press release.

This year, CSO Music Director William Intriligator has invited O’Neil to take the podium.

“Scott brings a wealth of experience conducting, performing, composing, and arranging. He recently completed a nine-year tenure as Resident Conductor with the Colorado Symphony in Denver. During his time there, he performed with some of the classical world’s elite soloists, such as Itzhak Perlman, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Pinchas Zukerman and many more! The CSO staff and musicians are excited to work with him for a concert that is near and dear to the Cheyenne community,” Intriligator said.

O’Neil said he is pleased to have the opportunity to work with the Cheyenne Symphony for such a
fun performance that also allows him to flex his music arranging skills.

“This concert is designed around variety. If you like traditional Christmas tunes, there’s plenty here for you. But if you like more contemporary or cinematic music, or humorous, or Classical, or whatever, there’s something under this Christmas tree for you!” he said.

Per the release, CSO is pleased to have several additional guests joining it again this year. Highlights of the evening include local tenor soloist Cooper, making his debut with the CSO for two holiday classics with the Cheyenne Chamber Singers. Moreover, he’ll join the CSO for a rendition of “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” like you’ve never heard it before.

The All-City Children’s Chorus will take to the stage with some beautiful Christmas and Hanukkah selections. No holiday concert would be complete without selections from “The Nutcracker,” featuring dancers from En Avant Dance Studio.

The concert also includes an audience singalong and the winner of CSO’s Make ME the Maestro fundraising competition, Mary Guthrie, making her conducting debut with the holiday favorite “Sleigh Ride.”