Celebrate the season with your family by attending North Valley Symphony Orchestra’s presentation of Holiday Toys, a musical rendering of traditional and classical toys of the season, Saturday, December 14th.

One of the most beloved holiday toys is the nutcracker. Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Ballet is viewed annually by thousands of audience members. NVSO will perform The Nutcracker Suite, Tchaikovsky’s concert version of eight of his favorites from this classic holiday music, including the popular Russian dance Trepak, and the flowing Waltz of the Flowers. The orchestra will also play Victor Herbert’s March of the Toys from “Babes in Toyland”.

To continue the theme, the Youth Orchestra will perform the Toy Symphony, which features parts played on a toy trumpet, drum, cuckoo and nightingale. The piece was originally attributed to Leopold Mozart, and then later attributed to Joseph Haydn. Current research however reveals the fact that the true composer may never be discovered.

Joshua Barnes is the featured soloist for the Flute Concerto in G major, by Johann Joachim Quantz. And rounding out the concert is a whimsical ride in the snow depicted by Leroy Anderson’s popular Sleigh Ride.

The evening will culminate with upbeat swing music by the newest NVSO ensemble, “Maestros of Swing” (NVSO’s outreach swing band).

North Valley Symphony Orchestra is pleased to continue to bring an affordable concert experience to communities of the Phoenix North Valley. NVSO’s Holiday Toys concert is a perfect way to inspire children and young adults to appreciate orchestral music while starting a family tradition to regularly support the arts in your community. Tickets are only $5.00, and can be purchased online at www.northvalleysymphony.org. The concert begins at 7:00 p.m. at North Canyon High School Performing Arts Center, 1700 E. Union Hills Drive.

The Youth Orchestra and Symphonettes (NVSO’s training orchestra) will also perform in a free holiday concert on Saturday, December 7. That concert will begin at 4:00 p.m. at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 4930 E. Greenway Road in Scottsdale.

If interested in joining NVSO, or in helping to manage or sponsor this vibrant organization in any way, please e-mail [email protected] or call 623-980-4628. Being a concert sponsor or advertising in NVSO’s full color concert program booklet is an excellent way for you to promote your business while at the same time supporting NVSO. Your program ad will be seen by over 500 concert goers per concert. What an excellent way to expose your business, your brand, your product or your service to community members of the Phoenix North Valley, while also demonstrating your valuable support of arts in our community.