Last Colorado Springs Philharmonic Christmas concert for Jenkins

by DAVID SCKOLNIK Special to The Gazette - Updated: December 19, 2013 at 9:57 am • Published: December 19, 2013 | 9:45 am 0

2:30 p.m. Sunday, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., $12-$59; 520-7469, pikespeakcenter.com

This will be the third time Thomas Wilson will conduct the Colorado Springs Philharmonic's annual Christmas concert. As usual, the Colorado Springs Chorale will provide the vocal beauty and fireworks for the concert. What's unusual is that this the last time Don Jenkins, the chorale's conductor for the last 47 years, will prepare his group for the concert. Jenkins is retiring after this season.

"This year's more choral than any other year and it's really in deference to Don Jenkins," said Wilson. "This is his last of these concerts and I wanted to work with him to do some things he was excited about. He absolutely adores Bach's 'Christmas Oratorio,' as I do. We wanted to put a healthy portion of that in there. We have to have some 'Messiah.' And there's a couple of new things. We're including the Randall Alan Bass 'Gloria,' which is really over the top. Don figures really prominently in all this."

Wilson knows exactly what he wants to impart to his audience.

"I want them to have heard a lot of really great music. Some of it is lighter and we get a little deeper in a few places. Hopefully, this will be a balance that they can enjoy. We want them to go away feeling that the chorale and the philharmonic are a part of their Christmas tradition."

David Sckolnik, special to The Gazette

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