The Susanville Symphony is always impressive. Startling surprises such as this unusual trumpet player are deftly woven throughout performances. Photo by Glenda Svendsen

Symphony celebrates the winter season

The holidays can take a toll on the budget for most families, but if you are looking to get the most bang for your entertainment dollar, look no further than an evening with the Susanville Symphony.

Susanville Symphony’s latest extravaganza was dubbed A Susanville Christmas, and even by the highest standards it did not disappoint.

The concert was in a word: Phenomenal.

The Assembly of God’s sanctuary was filled with fans and supporters of Susanville’s spectacular symphony, yet even seasoned regulars left the show dazed and amazed.

Always one to up the ante,’ maestro Ben Wade and the spectacular Susanville Symphony Orchestra seemed to soar to new heights.

Wade incorporated comedy, his affinity for stories and the tremendous talent gathered on stage to bring classics such as The Nutcracker, Christmas Festival and O Magnum Mystery Mysterium to life for the audience.

Powerful and engaging, the symphony quickly fashioned an upbeat Christmas experience that elicited admiration from Susanville symphony aficionados.

All of this magic was unleashed even before the introduction of Alfred Reed’s Russian Christmas music that captivated listeners all over again culminating in a standing ovation.

The entire performance was entertaining, educational and exciting — often simultaneously. For a finale, high holiday spirits soared with a sing-along among friends, family and fans delivering the ultimate Christmas caroling experience.