Program Notes for Stockton Symphony – ‘Tis the Season: Holiday Pops

Sunday | December 4 2022 | 2:30 pm
Atherton Auditorium

Stockton Symphony
Peter Jaffe,
conductor
Monica Donilov, mezzo-soprano


Sleigh Ride                                                                                                                 Leroy Anderson

But Who May Abide the Day of His Coming from Messiah                            George Frideric Handel

                                                    Monica Danilov, mezzo-soprano

Christmas Waltz                                                          Jule Styne/Sammy Cahn, arr. Carmen Dragon

Il tamborillero (The Little Drummer Boy)                  Katherine Davis, Henry Onorati, Harry Simeone

                                                           Stockton Youth Chorale                                   arr. Bob Cerulli

Christmas Sing-Along                                                                        Traditional, arr. John Finnegan

            Jingle Bells—Joy to the World—Hark, the Herald Angels Sing—

            Silent Night—Deck the Hall—O Come, All Ye Faithful

Brazilian Sleigh Bells                                                                               Percy Faith, arr. Lee Norris

Symph-Hanukkah                                                                                                       arr. Peter Jaffe

intermission

Music from Frozen                                                          Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez,

                                                                                                                                arr. Bob Krogstad

White Christmas                                                                             Irving Berlin, arr. Carmen Dragon

Una voce poco fa from The Barber of Seville                                                         Gioachino Rossini

Monica Danilov, mezzo-soprano

Carol of the Bells                                                                Mykola Leontovych, arr. Robert Wendell

The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)                        Mel Tormé/Robert Wells,

                                                    Monica Danilov, mezzo-soprano                    arr. Carmen Dragon

O Holy Night                                                           Adolphe Adam/Placide Cappeau (French words)

                                                                                                 John Sullivan Dwight (English words)

                                                    Monica Danilov, mezzo-soprano                    arr. Carmen Dragon

Waltz of the Snowflakes from The Nutcracker                                           Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky

                                                           Stockton Youth Chorale

Concert sponsors: St. Joseph’s Medical Center/Dignity Health

Guest artist sponsors: Joe and Rita Sublett



Guest Artist

Monica Danilov

Monica Danilov received her bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from the Manhattan School of Music and master’s degree from the Conservatory of Music of Brooklyn College (CUNY) under the tutelage of Patricia McCaffrey. She was chosen to participate in the master class entitled ¨Music for the Masses¨ at the Metropolitan Opera Guild with renowned conductor Kent Tritle. She has worked with a host of renowned conductors such as Jun Nakabayashi, Alan Gilbert, Peter Jaffe, Gerassim Voronkov, Dante Ranieri, Olivier Grangean, and Richard Barrett and with directors Mitch Sebastian and Dona Vaughn, among others. She sang in world premieres of Marjorie Merryman’s Beauty, Grief and Grandeur and the U.S. premiere of Nunes Garcia´s best-known Requiem. She has sung at the Kennedy Center, the 92nd Street Y, Avery Fischer Hall, the Cairo Opera House, and in Algeria, Ghana, Ecuador, and Colombia.

Ms. Danilov also has experience in musical theater as Maria in The Sound of Music, produced by Misi Producciones (performed forty-two times), and the role of Aldonza/Dulcinea in Man of La Mancha performed at the Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo in Bogota in 2016. She has sung important roles in zarzuela (Spanish opera with spoken dialogue on topical themes) and operas—Aurora la Beltrana in Doña Francisquita by Vives and Clarita in La del manojo de rosas by Sorozábal. Her opera credits include Paula in Florencia en el Amazonas by Daniel Catan, Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Mercedes in Carmen, La Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi, Maria in Maria de Buenos Aires, Valencienne in The Merry Widow, Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, and Dido in Dido and Aeneas, among others.

Equally at home in the concert hall, Ms. Danilov has performed and worked with orchestras around the world such as the Sinfonica Nacional de Colombia, Orquesta Sinfonica EAFIT, Nueva Filarmonia, Filarmonica de Cali, and Filarmonica Juvenil. In Northern California she has appeared with the Folsom Lake Symphony and the Camellia Symphony Orchestra, and she returns to the Stockton Symphony after her her virtual appearance during the pandemic and her stellar performance in last season’s Messiah.

Stockton Youth Chorale, Joan Calonico, director

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The Stockton Youth Chorale is open to young singers who are in third through eighth grade. Students learn vocals, musiacal production, music reading, and performance etiquette, and have fun in the process. Children from throughout San Joaquin County participate in the Youth Chorale, and it is open to all children by a simple audition. A scholarship program is available.

Joan Calonico graduated from the University of Pacific Conservatory with a bachelor’s degree in music education. Since then she has been a general music and choral specialist with the Lincoln Unified School District and has served the district as mentor teacher and music teacher specialist. She served for many years as principal of Don Riggio School, where visual and performing arts are an integral part of every student’s education. 

Ms. Calonico has sung with the Stockton Master Chorale and Stockton Opera, and she has served as a representative to the California Music Educators Association. She has also been a guest lecturer in music education at the University of the Pacific and a clinician and panelist for the American Choral Directors Association and California Music Educators Association. She has conducted middle school honor choirs throughout the region.