PARADISE — First for the Crest, Paradise Performing Arts Center will kick off the 2021 holiday season with a collaboration of music, art, dance and theater at 3 p.m. on December 5 with “Holiday in Paradise.”
Led by Sam Gronseth, the Paradise Community Chorus will be making their first appearance since Camp Fire. The choir will be joined by the Paradise Symphony Orchestra conducted by Lloyd Roby. The event will also include a vocal with Sam Gronseth and his guitar.
The Butte County Scottish Society will serenade the public with traditional Scottish holiday tunes played on bagpipes. Members of the Gold Nugget Museum, in period costumes, will lead the public to the auditorium while telling stories of the primeval paradise. Other re-enactors will help from the California Department of Social Services, Paradise Performing Arts Center, City of Paradise and Norton Buffalo Hall.
Exhibits of art by Jess Mercer and her Painting Paradise students will be on display in the event lobby. Later in the concert, Mercer will perform “art magic” with the symphony as he performs “A Western Sleigh Ride” written by Trevor Lloyd.
The festive event will feature over 25 members of the Paradise Community Chorus singing a variety of tunes from “Winter Wonderland” to “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.” Throughout the program, the symphony will perform other holiday favorites and will accompany both the choir and the Northern California Ballet as they perform “Russian Trepak”, “The Chinese Tea Dance” and the “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy”. from “The Nutcracker”. ”
Heavenly blues singer Big Mo Huffman will perform “Silent Night.” The symphony and choir, joined by the Oroville Community Chorus, will conclude with “The Hallelujah Chorus.”
Tickets can be purchased from the artists, at local outlets and at the door depending on availability. Admission is $15 for adults. Children 12 and under are free with a paying adult.