The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

December 12, 2013

Symphony orchestra presents Italian Christmas concert

The Commercial-News

DANVILLE — Ring in the Christmas season this year with the Danville Symphony Orchestra and the vocal group Poperazzi, as they perform favorite melodies with an Italian accent.

The concert “An Italian Christmas,” led by DSO conductor Jeremy Swerling, is set for 3 p.m. Sunday in Dick Van Dyke auditorium at Danville High School.

Musical selections will include “William the Angel,” “Adeste Fidelis,” “Funiculi Funicula,” “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve,” “Libiamo,” “Silent Night” and many more.

Blurring the boundaries between classical and popular music, Poperazzi was created in 2009 by founder and tenor George DeMott. Including fellow tenor Cody Shawn Gay and soprano Janien Valentine, the three members of Poperazzi have performed in premiere opera houses in the United States and Europe, aboard Crystal Cruise luxury ships, and in top show venues of Las Vegas.

Swerling said the DSO chose Poperazzi because they bring a lively and fresh variation on the timeless Christmas melodies, and because they were pleased to combine their Italian repertoire with Christmas music. “The program includes many standards as well as some beautiful new arrangements,” he said.

Staci Disney-Walker, DSO executive director, said, “This promises to be a wonderful evening, and we’d love to have more people join us. We want to especially thank Presence United Samaritans Medical Center for loaning us the beautiful trees from their Festival of Trees, which definitely makes the auditorium more festive.”

Italian pastries by Jean's Upper Crust Bakery will be for sale during intermission.

DSO board member Mimi Reitemeir discovered these talented Poperazzi musicians at a concert in Indianapolis, and she felt they would have a good rapport with the Danville concert audience. In an earlier interview, Reitemeir said, “We liked the professional, accomplished and versatile program — a combination that should please everyone in the audience.”

Italian dinner

All ticket holders are invited to the Danville Country Club immediately following the concert for an Italian Christmas dinner. Buffet menu items include spaghetti and meatballs, chicken parmesan, eggplant parmesan, veal parmesan, salad and garlic bread. The cost is $18 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Dessert and cash bar also will be available. All money is payable to the Danville Country Club at the time of the dinner.

Anyone who plans to attend the dinner should email, or call 443-5300.


Ticket prices for adults are $30 in Section A and $28 in Section B. Senior ticket prices are $28 in Section A and $26 in Section B. Student tickets are available for $15. Visa and MasterCard are accepted. To order tickets by phone, call 443-5300