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20181128 Touch of Frost VSO w ChoraleA “Touch of Frost” is in the forecast for the Rio Grande Valley.

But, before you rush outside to cover the plants and bring the animals indoors, this is a musical “Touch of Frost,” as the Valley Symphony Orchestra prepares to present its holiday concert Dec. 7 at the McAllen Performing Arts Center.

The concert, featuring beloved music for the holiday season, is the third in the VSO’s 2018-19 season.

Joined by the Orchestra Chorale directed by Dr. David Means, the symphony will perform many seasonal favorites, including “Sleigh Ride,” selections from Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker,” and Handel’s “Messiah.” Soloist Nereida Garcia (soprano) will perform Schubert’s “Ave Maria” and David Sadlier (tenor) will perform Finkelstein’s “Yah Ribon.”

As part of the evening’s events, attendees will have the opportunity to meet Santa and view the holiday lights and tree displays at both the McAllen Performing Arts Center and the McAllen Convention Center.

“The holidays are a time to connect with family and to hear music that we look forward to enjoying all year,” said Katy Coy, executive director of the Valley Symphony Orchestra. “We invite the community to celebrate with us and experience some of the most beautiful songs of the season performed by our incredible orchestra and chorale.”

Tickets start at $39. To purchase tickets, visit the McAllen Convention Center Box Office Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. or online at The McAllen Performing Arts Center is located at 801 Convention Center Blvd., McAllen.

Sadlier has been praised for both his vocal and dramatic abilities and hailed as “one of America’s leading dramatic tenors,” according to the Oxford Mail.

Sadlier’s opera credits include appearances with Chicago Opera Theater, Glimmerglass Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, New Orleans Opera, Opera Circle of Cleveland, Opera North, and the Baltimore Concert Opera. Sadlier has performed several world premieres including “Loss of Eden” (Opera Theater of St. Louis), the title role in “Thamos: King of Egypt” (Opera Circle of Cleveland), and “Our Town” and the collegiate debut of “A View From the Bridge” (Indiana University).

Equally at home on the recital stage, Sadlier has performed many major works including Die schöne Müllerin, Dichterliebe, An die ferne Geliebte, On Wenlock Edge, and Finzi’s Oh fair to see. Upcoming engagements include Handel’s Messiah with the Virginia Symphony, and Spoletta in Tosca with the Lyric Opera of Baltimore.

Sadlier serves as Assistant Professor of Voice at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley, where he teaches applied voice. Previously, Dr. Sadlier has served on the faculty of Baylor University and Christopher Newport University.

Nereida García, soprano, has sung as a main stage artist for Opera in the Heights, The Living Opera, as an apprentice artist for Sarasota Opera, and as an artist in residence for Amarillo Opera. Miss García was also a finalist in the Dallas Opera Guild Competition, and the Lois Alba Aria Competition.

Her operatic roles include Juliette in Roméo et Juliette, Contessa Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Cio Cio San in Madama Butterfly, Mimì in La bohème, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, Adina in L’elisir d’amore, Mary Warren in The Crucible, and the title role in Cendrillon.

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