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Ramona Abbott, Narrator

December 4, 2021 @ 7:30 PM

December 5, 2021 @ 3:00 PM

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year | Eddie Pola & George Wyle, arr. Bob Cerulli

Silver Bells | Jay Livingston & Ray Evans, arr. John Moss

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas | Hugh Martin & Ralph Blane, arr. Calvin Custer

A Dickens Christmas Carol Suite | Story by Charles Dickens, arr by Andrew H. Dabczynski

A Christmas Medley | Trad, arr. Matthew Naughtin 

Chanukah Festival Overture | Trad, arr. Calvin Custer, ed. Sean O'Loughlin

Silent Night | Franz Xaver Gruber, arr. Paul Clark

Auld Lang Syne | Trad, poem by Robert Burns

Winter Wonderland / Let It Snow! | Felix Bernard & Richard Bernhard Smith / Sammy Cahn & Jule Styne, arr. Bob Cerulli 

Family fun with holiday classics from around the world make this a joyful celebration!  From Dickens to Auld Lang Syne, we have a range of seasonal favorites for you and your loved ones to enjoy over the holidays. 

Ramona Abbott is our narrator for A Dickens Christmas Carol Suite. Not only is she a local artist, actor, and  improviser, she’s our Marketing & Communications Manager as well. Many of us grew up with some form of A Christmas Carol, and this orchestral version with narration is a very special one.

Members of our orchestra will keep your toes tapping and your memories coming, as well as the kids entertained, in this afternoon of holiday delights. 

There is no pre-concert lecture for this concert.

About the Artist
Concert Players - Holiday Joy

Musicians performing in this concert are in bold.

Music Director

Yaniv Attar (bio)
The Jack & Marybeth Campbell
Music Director 

Violin I

Dawn Posey (bio)
The Garland Richmond & Richard Stattelman Concertmaster

Shu-Hsin Ko
Assistant Concertmaster

Emily Bailey

Laura Barnes

David Bean

Gaye Davis

Joanne Donnellan

Irene Fadden 

Matt Gudakov

Madeline Massey

Yelena Nelson

Sandra Payton

Krissy Snyder

John Tilley

Karen Visser

Bill Watts

Violin II

Yuko Watanabe
The Debbie & Steve Adelstein Principal 2nd Violin

Heather Ray
Assistant Principal 2nd Violin (Acting Principal 2nd Violin)

Audrey Negro
(Acting Assistant Principal 2nd Violin)

Linnea Arntson

Liza Beshara

Judy Diamond

Kathy Diaz

Geneva Faulkner

Ben Morgan

Lenelle Morse

Cecile Pendleton

Carla Rutschman

Tara Kaiyala Weaver

Joy Westermann


Morgan Schwab 
The Byron & Becky Elmendorf Principal Viola

Elizabeth Stuen-Walker §
(Acting Principal Viola)

Kacey Bradt
(Acting Assistant Principal Viola)

Jo Anne Dudley

Natalie Louia

Valerie McWhorter

Michael Neville

Jim Quist

Corey Welch


Nick Strobel
The Phyllis Allport Principal Cello

Tallie Jones
The John W. Tilley Jr. Assistant Principal Cello (Acting Principal Cello)

Coral Marchant
(Acting Assistant Principal Cello)

Brian Coyne

Erin Esses Lusk

Noel Evans

Omar Firestone

Jeremy Heaven

Rebekah Hood-Sava

Barb Hunter

Mary Passmore

Bette Ann Schwede

Samantha Sinai

Daniel Watterson


Mark Tomko
The Charli Daniels Principal Bass

Eirik Haugbro
Assistant Principal Bass (Acting Principal Bass)

Amiko Mantha
(Acting Assistant Principal Bass)

Faye Hong

Anna Jull


Deborah Arthur
The Marcela Berg & Michael Addison Principal Flute

Gena Mikkelsen 


Gena Mikkelsen
The Carol & Dennis Comeau Piccolo


Kristen Fairbank

Gail Ridenour
The Ridenour Family Co-Principal Oboe

Ken Bronstein

English Horn

Ken Bronstein
The Dick & Sherry Nelson English Horn


Erika Block
The Gordon & Rosalie Nast Principal Clarinet

Emily Prestbo

David Kappele


Phillip Thomas
The Brian and Marya Griffin Principal Bassoon

Jackson Stewart-DeBelly
Assistant Principal Bassoon

Terhi Miikki-Broersma


Brad Bigelow
The George and Crystal Mills Principal Horn

Jack Champagne

Greg Verbarendse

Kristi Kilgore


Karolyn Labes
The Bill & Leslie McRoberts Principal Trumpet

Del Vande Kerk

Steve Sperry
Assistant Principal/3rd Trumpet


Phil Heft
The Wendy Bohlke & Brian Hanson Principal Trombone

Brian Thomson

Bass Trombone

Bob Gray


Mark Lindenbaum
The Marty & Gail Haines Principal Tuba


Stephanie L. Straight
Principal Timpani


Kay Reilly
The Valerie McWhorter & Dean Altschuler Co-Principal Percussion

Melanie Sehman
The Barbara & Michael Ryan Co-Principal Percussion

Jamie Ihler


Jill Whitman
The Cinda & Stuart Zemel Principal Harp


Andrea Rackl
The Sibyl Sanford Principal Keyboard

§ Substitute

We Thank Our Generous Sponsors!

We are so grateful for our generous sponsors!

Season: Peoples Bank & Bellingham Porsche/Audi

Concert: Bruce Cox Imports

Guest Artist: Elder Law Offices of Meyers, Neubeck & Hulford


For a full list of BSO's sponsors, please visit our website sponsor page.

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