Win tickets to Fresno Philharmonic’s holiday concert

UPDATE: Congratulations to winners Christina JG Connelly and Lisa Gluskin.

ORIGINAL POST: The Fresno Philharmonic has an appealing holiday concert planned for you this weekend. Guest artists for “Home for the Holidays” include the acclaimed baritone Jubilant Sykes, who has appeared in such venues as the Metropolitan Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. Also joining conductor Rei Hotoda will be the Fresno Master Chorale, directed by Anna Hamre, and the Alta Sierra Intermediate School Chamber Choir, directed by Gail Barbour.

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Jubilant Sykes is guest soloist at “Home for the Holidays.” Photo / Fresno Philharmonic

A special treat will be Mark Standriff (who recently played Mushnik in StageWorks Fresno’s “Little Shop of Horrors”) narrating the classic “ ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.”

The concert is 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Saroyan Theatre.

And guess what! I have a pair of tickets to this popular concert to give away to a reader of The Munro Review.


To enter, leave a comment on this post telling me your LEAST favorite holiday song. Mine is “Santa Baby.” (I was talking about this with the woman who cuts my hair the other day. I told her I don’t like any suggestion of Santa as a sexualized being. There’s enough of that in the world already. Sure, he has Mrs. Claus, but I like to think of him as being a blank slate in the I-want-to-perpetuate-my-DNA department.) Deadline to enter is 4 p.m. Friday. Dec. 1. The winner will be selected at random. I’ll send out an email Friday evening, so be sure to check yours if you enter.

Anyway. Sorry for the digression. Something else to share about the concert: Sykes is filling in for another acclaimed singer, Michel Bell, who had to cancel because of illness. Bell actually suggested Sykes as his replacement. The two appeared together in a production of “Porgy and Bess” in Berlin. Sykes will sing three tunes: the Christmas song “Mary Did You Know?” as well as the African-American spirituals “Go Tell It On The Mountain” and “Witness.”

Tickets are $25-$79..

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Comments (6)

  • I always turn off Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer…

  • Wendy K Yribarren

    “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus”….
    So confusing because we all know Santa only loves Mrs. Claus and we wouldn’t want to spoil anyone’s Christmas Magic!

  • Lisa Gluskin

    The Twelve Days of Christmas. It makes me wish there were only 2 days.

  • Doreen Confino

    Rockin Around the Christmas Tree. Brenda Lee came to my school to perform it and my boyfriend fell in love with her and dumped me. Plus, the song is just not Christmas/y

  • Brandon Bascom

    John Denver’s Please Daddy Don’t Get Drunk this Christmas

  • Sheri Lee

    “Last Christmas” by Wham! Need I say more?


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