Bold new music paired with traditional Christmas classics, the Valley Symphony Orchestra and Chorale lit a symbolic launch for the “Touch of Frost” holiday concert held at the McAllen Civic Center Auditorium on Dec. 4.

Maestro Peter Dabrowski, music director and conductor, and Christopher Munn, chorale conductor, used wonderful control featuring popular songs and orchestral pieces that define the spirit of the season.

New additions to the repertoire this year “Guadalajara,” danced by the UT Pan American Ballet Folklorico; “Clarinet Candy,” a clarinet trio featuring Bill O’Neil, Jonathan Guist and William Gillum; and “The Swan” from “The Carnival of the Animals.” Benjamin Ponder was the cello soloist for “The Swan,” and executed a fine performance.

Time-honored Christmas selections prevailed, from “Sleigh Ride” to “Silent Night,” and “Deck the Halls” to “O Little Town of Bethlehem”. “Guadalajara” made a lively addition for Christmas, performing with the symphony was soprano Veronica Sanchez, guitarist Kurt Martinez, and 10 whirling dancers from Ballet Folklorico UTPA, directed by Francisco Munoz III. The profound applause may signify “Guadalajara” will appear again next Christmas in McAllen.

Over 200 collective musicians and vocalists filled the stage performing timeless classics and sentimental holiday favorites, adding joy, and holiday memories shared by loved ones. If you missed it, the Valley Symphony Orchestra will perform at the McAllen Civic Center again on Friday, Jan. 28 , 2011, with the annual ‘POPS’ concert: A Night at the Movies - Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars, 007, Mission Impossible, Pink Panther, Sound of Music & more! We look forward to seeing ‘you’ at the symphony!