The Sacramento Choral Society & Orchestra calls its annual Christmas spectacular “Home for the Holidays.” That’s a phrase that really resonates this year, when many of us have been stuck home for every holiday since Presidents Day!
The SCSO, led for a quarter-century by founder and conductor Donald Kendrick, has been unable to stage a live performance since its “Home for the Holidays” concert on Dec. 7, 2019, in Sacramento’s Memorial Auditorium. Sidelined by the pandemic but looking to reach out in some way to its many fans, Kendrick and company this month are streaming last year’s holiday concert for free. Anyone can watch it, at whatever pace she or he cares to, on the SCSO’s YouTube page.
“We hope you will enjoy this performance and share it with friends and family from around the world,” the musical organization says. “We are confident that . . . Kendrick, our large SCSO Chorus and Orchestra, along with the Sacramento Children’s Chorus (Alexander Grambow, conductor), headliner Chad Somers, the Green Valley Theater Puppets (Christopher Cook) and our Make-A-Wish Friend Vinny will bring you great cheer.”
The 2019 concert, which was shot by five cameras and dedicated to veterans due to it falling on Pearl Harbor Day, is available for clicking through Dec. 31. It is composed of 20 short videos, the first of which has Kendrick narrating an introduction that parades still images from a year ago.
The concert includes “A Christmas Festival” by Leroy Anderson, “I Wonder As I Wander” by Randol Alan Bass, “Do You Hear What I Hear” with Emily Crocker, and something from George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah.”
Considering 2020 has been one gigantic mess, that’s apropos.