TSO To Host Special Christmas Show To Kick-Off Holidays
In just a few short weeks, the holiday season will be in full-swing. To celebrate, the Traverse Symphony Orchestra is performing at The Bay Theatre in Suttons Bay.
“We think it’s really special that suddenly Leelanau County is going to have this world-class Christmas, or holiday show, right in our back yard at The Bay,” said Rick Andrews, President of The Bay Theatre.
This is the first time the Traverse Symphony Orchestra is performing at The Bay Theatre.
“We have a new board member who’s actually a percussionist for the Traverse Symphony Orchestra,” said Andrews. “We immediately reached out to the Traverse City Symphony and said, ‘Hey can we do something with you?” We’d love to kick off the holiday’s with a big show.’”
14 member’s of the Orchestra will fill the theatre with holiday music, while encouraging guests to sing along.
“This concert is built like sort-of a caroling experience,” said Thomas Riccobono, Conductor for the Traverse Symphony Orchestra. “In the old days, people would carol from house to house and they’d sing songs… and then they’d be invited in for a drink and some pie… it was a great community-building event. That’s really what we’re trying to sort-of restore here at the Suttons Bay with the Traverse Symphony Orchestra.”
This is the first time the Orchestra is performing at The Bay Theatre.
“If you can imagine a stage full of musicians. The sound just filling the place and really some of the best musicians in the whole region,” said Andrews. “It takes The Bay to a different place.”
Riccobono says he’s excited to perform with his team and his friends, once again.
“Suttons Bay is such a vibrant community,” he said. “It’s small, and intimate. I just love going up to that community for the restaurants and the people. I’m thrilled to bring the Traverse Symphony Orchestra to these people I love so much.”
The show follows in the tradition of the Boston Pops to present festive, fun music for the Christmas season.
“We really hope this is like a special destination for families every year around the holidays,” said Andrews. “That’s what we are working toward. This is year one and we’re really excited to have the partnership with the TSO.”