Waterbury Symphony Orchestra

2017 - 2018: Sonic Structures

Christmas Event

A Connecticut Christmas

Leif Bjaland, Conductor
Guest vocalists Celisse Henderson and Chelsea Packard
Chorus Angelicus & Guadeamus
Bravo Waterbury! students

December 4, 2016 - 3 pm
NVCC Fine Arts Center

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We’ve collected a dozen yuletide memories for this edition of A Connecticut Christmas—from cookies and milk for Santa, to the family opening presents around the Christmas tree, to a field fresh with newly fallen snow. Great holiday music conjures up recent and more distant memories, and it’s a gift your children and grandchildren will always treasure.

Guest Vocalists Celisse Henderson and Chelsea Packard

Chorus Angelicus & Guadeamus

Bravo Waterbury! students and staff


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CHORUS ANGELICUS (The Angelic Choir)


Chorus Angelicus is comprised of four choral ensembles, involving more than seventy children who hail from towns throughout southwestern New England. The Artistic Director is the Argentinian pianist and singer, Gabriel Löfvall, and the choirs are in residence at Trinity Episcopal Church in Torrington, CT...for more

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Bravo Waterbury!


Bravo Waterbury is a cutting edge social development and music education program for students at Children's Community School in Waterbury, Connecticut. An education program of the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra, Bravo is inspired by Venezuela's "music education miracle" known as El Sistema, a program for social change started over 35 years ago by economist and musician José Antonio Abreu. Bravo students study music five days a week for up to three hours a day. ...for more


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Celisse Henderson


Celisse is a NYC based Singer/Songwriter, multi instrumentalist, actress and spoken word artist.  She is also known for her work in the Broadway Revival of GODSPELL at Circle in The Square Theater and her work on The Electric Company. Her other television and theater credits include: TV: 30 Rock, Rescue Me, The Big C, White Collar, Are We There Yet. Theater: Wicked (First National Tour, San Francisco), Bernstein’s Mass (Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center), In Transit (Drama Desk Award; Primary Stages). @CelisseMusic; celissehenderson.com


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Chelsea Packard


Chelsea's NY/Broadway credits include: WICKED (Elphaba u/s), BEAUTIFUL (Cynthia u/s), Original Casts of: PROMISES PROMISES, HANDS ON A HARDBODY, and the RADIO CITY SPECTACULAR. Favorite Regional credits include: Elle Woods in LEGALLY BLONDE at the Marriott Lincolnshire Theater, Amneris in AIDA at Kansas City Starlight, Dorothy in SUMMER OF ’42 and Esther in MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS at Bucks County Playhouse. She is an associate voice teacher to guru Joan Lader, a wife to sweet Geoff, and her favorite role of all, a mom to darling Grady. 

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