BY JENNIFFER WARDELL
KAYSVILLE - Give your holiday season a classical touch.
The Davis Arts Council’s upcoming free chamber concert, “Classics for Christmas,” will be Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Kaysville Tabernacle. Though the performance will end with a carol sing-in, most of the musical choices will expand the traditional boundaries of a Christmas concert.
“We’ll start and end with traditional music, and have a couple of really well-loved classical pieces in the middle,” said Kathy Skidmore, who helped organize the concert. “I think there’s something there for everyone.”
The featured performers will be the WSU Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Francisco de Galvez. The orchestra’s performances, along with a violin concerto by de Galvez and Mariane Asmus, marks the beginning of a partnership that will extend into future concerts.
“We are really excited about this,” said Skidmore. “His students get to perform, and the audience gets to benefit with a fine concert.”
She cited Elaine Witt, founder of the Wasatch Chamber Music Society, for helping to bring de Galvez and the concert series together.”
“This is the beginning of what we hope will be a beautiful partnership,” said Skidmore.
The Davis Chamber Singers will open the concert with more traditional holiday songs, including “Noel Medley,” “Masters in the Hall,” and “The First Noel.” Following that, Lorin Lunt, Helen Watts, Elaine Reynolds and Kelsie Call will perform the concerto “Christmas” by Arcangelo Corelli.
“It doesn’t really sound Christmassy, but it was written for Christmas,” said Skidmore.
The December concert marks the concert series’ return to the Kaysville Tabernacle, which until now has been closed for renovations.
“It’s such a beautiful venue,” said Skidmore, citing the building’s stained glass windows. “It’s a really nice, intimate setting.”
Even more important to the concert series is the building’s acoustics, which Skidmore says are “marvelous.” The tabernacle was built before the use of sound-dampening tiles, which are meant to quiet the noise from crying babies but can also cause trouble for musicians. Wooden benches and a lack of draperies also improve the experience.
“With a small ensemble, you want to have good acoustics,” said Skidmore. “It’s not like a big orchestra, where you can make a lot of noise.”