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The Valley Symphony Orchestra along with the Chorale will perform the “A Touch of Frost” Christmas concert on Friday, Nov. 17 at the McAllen Performing Arts Center.

Special traditions seem to brighten the holiday season and help usher in the spirit of Christmas. One such tradition is the annual Valley Symphony Orchestra's annual holiday concert.

“A Touch of Frost” will take place Friday, Nov. 17, 8 p.m., at the McAllen Performing Arts Center, 801 Convention Center Blvd.

This is one of two concerts during the Valley Symphony Orchestra's concert season that will feature the Valley Symphony Chorale, directed by Dr. David Means. The chorale is made up of more than 120 professional vocalists who will perform repertoire joined with the orchestra as well as without accompaniment. The program will include contemporary favorites as Williams’ “Somewhere in My Memory” heard in classic holiday movies such as “Home Alone,” to classical favorites such as “Gloria in Excelsis” by Antoni Vivaldi.

Under the direction of Dr. Peter Dabrowski, the Valley Symphony Orchestra produces five classical concerts and one POPS concert each season. This year, the symphony will enhance each concert experience with added production to showcase music. Performances showcase the talents of 92 professionally trained local musicians.

Dabrowski is not only the music director and conductor of the Valley Symphony Orchestra, he is also the associate conductor of the Chicago Chamber Orchestra. Throughout his career, he has served many organizations, including as music director and conductor of the American University Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C., the American Youth Concert Orchestra in Northern Virginia, and the Chicago Philharmonic.

He is in demand as a guest conductor throughout Europe and the United States. He studied conducting at Northwestern University, the University of Utah, and the Warsaw Music Conservatory in Poland. He also participated in prestigious conducting courses at the Tanglewood Music Center, the Aspen Music Festival, and in Budapest and Miskolc, Hungary.

"A true concert leaves the audience and musicians on the edge of their chairs," Dabrowski said. His interpretations, filled with great expression, intrigue and excitement are done to create emotion moving through the audience.

“As a conductor I must convey my interpretations with authority,” he said. “The final interpretations are not only the result of rehearsals, but are also due to the tremendous level of energy and concentration exerted during the concert. My goal is to combine the intensity and many talents of the musicians into one orchestral voice.”

The Valley Symphony Orchestra has been performing for 66 years, founded in 1952 at what is now UTRGV in Edinburg as an orchestra of volunteer musicians. The symphony's mission, according to its website “is to improve life in a diverse community through artistic excellence in the performance and preservation of great music. This mission will be achieved through excellence in the live performances of great music as we strive to engage, inspire, and educate the populations of the Rio Grande Valley.”

Single tickets for “A Touch of Frost” range from $38 to $58. Orchestra ($58), Front House ($48) and Back House ($38). To purchase tickets, visit ticketmaster.com, call 1-800-745-3000, or visit the McAllen Performing Arts Center box office weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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