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Fairbanks Symphony putting on its biggest, and most popular, concert of the year

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Posted: Thursday, November 29, 2012 11:03 pm | Updated: 12:07 pm, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

FAIRBANKS — The Fairbanks Symphony is presenting its most popular concert production of the year, The Design Alaska Holiday Concert, which News-Miner readers have in the past named as the best concert in the Reader’s Choice Awards.

The concert will feature the debut performance of the newly formed symphony chorus. In addition to the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra and chorus, the Northland Youth Choir and the Jubilee Bells will perform a number of selections, and local soprano Jaunelle Celaire will be featured in “A Night Like No Other,” a new work by composer Emerson Eads. Guest conductor Chisana “Choochy” Monson, 12, will step up to the conductor’s podium and lead the orchestra in a rendition of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and Santa Claus will make an appearance at the concert as well. Maestro Eduard Zilberkant will direct the concert.

Additionally, the symphony is hosting its annual Holiday Market fundraiser beginning at 3 p.m. Guests are invited to visit the Great Hall early to bid on items, including the Music for Your Eyes Painted Violins. Five local artists, David Mollett, Jessie Hedden, Dakaxeen Mehner, Tanya Clayton and Todd Sherman, have donated works to the symphony for this event.

There will also be an outdoor sportsman’s dream come true where the successful bidder will get to choose between a 2013 Ski-Doo Tundra Sport Rotax 550F snowmachine or a 2013 Can-Am Outlander 400 EFI four-wheeler. UAF photographer Todd Paris will also be on hand for pictures with Santa.

The Holiday Market Café will serve refreshments and also have some treats to bid upon. All proceeds from the Holiday Market/Silent Auction benefit the Fairbanks Symphony.

There is no pre-concert lecture for this performance. Seating is general admission, and symphony officials plan to open the Davis Concert Hall doors at 3:15 p.m. The concert begins promptly at 4 p.m. Employees of Design Alaska, which has sponsored this annual concert for the past 11 years, will hand out ornaments, one per family, at the end of the concert.

If you go

What: The Design Alaska Holiday Concert

When: Sunday, Dec. 2

Tickets: $35 for adult; $30 for senior citizens and military; and $15 for students and children. Tickets for all concerts can be purchased by calling the symphony office at 474-5733, visiting the FSO website at or by visiting the symphony office in the fine arts complex at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The symphony office hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.


3 p.m. — annual silent auction in the Great Hall

3:15 p.m. — Davis Concert Hall doors open for general admission seating

4 p.m. — The Design Alaska Holiday Concert (with one intermission)

FYI: The concert is expected to conclude by 6 p.m. The silent auction will conclude about 15 minutes after the end of the concert. This concert often sells out, so advance ticket purchases are recommended.

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