Time is quickly running out if you and your family are searching for one last Christmas concert this season.
Luckily, the Rochester Pops Orchestra has saved its holiday concert for the end. The orchestra’s third annual Christmas concert, “The Season Will Never Grow Old,” will be presented at 3 p.m. Sunday at Century High School.
“It’s our most well-attended concert,” said Brock Besse, RPS founder and director. “Christmas seems to bring out everybody. Who doesn’t love Christmas carols?”
Having those songs sun by talented vocalists makes the concert all the more enticing. This year, Besse has recruited vocalists Dylon Starr and Audrey Rinkoski, frequently seen in local musical productions, and relative newcomers Sarah Kowalski and Michaela Pasch.
The singers will perform individually, in duets and as a quartet. In fact, about three-quarters of the concert features vocals, Besse said.
Starr will sing “Believe,” from “The Polar Express,” while Rinkoski will apply her jazz stylings to “Here Comes Santa Claus” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” Kowalski, who teaches at Century High School, will sing “Where Are You, Christmas?” and Pasch, a high school student, will solo on “All is Well.” The full quartet will sing “Christmas Waltz.”
The titles might be familiar; the arrangements not necessarily so. “We try not to do anything traditionally,” Besse said. “We hold true to the song, the melody everybody knows, but recreate the orchestration.” Those new arrangements are written by Besse. “I hope people know they aren’t going to get the same old thing,” he said.
In addition to the above-mentioned titles, the concert will include “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” “Christmas Day” and “O Holy Night.”
When Besse formed the pops orchestra three years ago, he wasn’t sure what to expect. “When I originally asked people who wanted to play every type of music except classical, the response surprised me,” he said. “I really like to draw from the people around here because there is so much talent.”