Holiday Program Planning? Use Magical Illustrations from 'The Polar Express'

Holiday Program Planning? Use Magical Illustrations from 'The Polar Express'
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Don't let the heat fool you! Winter is around the corner, and there's no shortage of dazzling and magical orchestral works to bring a sparkle to your holiday programming.

Rob Kapilow's Chris van Allsburg's Polar Express, based on the beautifully illustrated children's storybook, is now available for live performance with coordinated projections of the iconic images from the original book.

Dazzle children and their families with larger than life illustrations of the Express, Santa Claus and his reindeer, and the endearing Billy who learns the spirit of Christmas through a series of snowy adventures to the North Pole. Kapilow brings to life this award-winning story with orchestra and children's chorus while reinventing beloved carols like "Deck the Halls" and "Joy to the World" in this multi-media presentation. To obtain images for projection, please contact Ron Hussey, Director of Permissions at HMH Trade Publishing.

To celebrate the Hanukkah season, consider programming Kapilow's equally captivating piece Elijah's Angel, based on the touching storybook by Michael Rosen. Also a great choice is Jeff Tyzik's timeless Chanukah Suite.

Another winter favorite is Howard Blake's The Snowman for orchestra, narrator, and boy soprano, bringing this cinema favorite to the stage in an engaging musical journey.

For more information or a full catalogue of holiday music, please contact Katy Tucker at
Selected Holiday Music for Orchestra

OrchestraCanzon XVIGabrieli, arr. Tyzik 3 Minutes A Carol SymphonyHely-Hutchinson 24 Minutes Chanukah SuiteTyzik, arr. 8 Minutes A Christmas Overture (Variations on Deck The Halls)Tyzik, arr. 3 Minutes Dïe Natali: Chorale Preludes for Christmas, Op. 37Barber 16 Minutesplay buttonThe Holly and the Ivy: Fantasy on Christmas CarolsArnold, arr. Palmer 9 Minutes Introduction, March, and Shepherd's Dance (from Amahl and the Night Visitors)Menotti 7 Minutesplay buttonJesu, Joy of Man’s DesiringBach, arr. Tyzik 4 Minutes Joy to the WorldHandel, arr. Newsom & Tyzik 4 Minutes The Nutcracker SuiteTchaikovsky, adapted by Ellington & Strayhorn, arr. Tyzik 17 Minutes The Skater's Overture (Variations on a Theme of Waldteufel)Tyzik, arr. 3 Minutes
Soloist(s) and OrchestraAve MariaSchubert, arr. Tyziksoprano or tenor5 Minutes A Christmas CantataBushsoprano, oboe35 Minutes G.A.G.E., A Christmas StoryBarabnarrator20 Minutes Gesu BambinoYon, arr. Tyzikviolin, cello5 Minutes Mis zeh Hidlik (Behold the Lights)Tyzik, arr.English horn3 Minutes Silent NightGruber, arr. Tyzikhorn4 Minutes The Snowman (Concert Version)Blakenarrator, boy soprano26 Minutes The Twelve Gifts of ChristmasTyzik, arr.soprano or tenor10 Minutes Walking in the AirBlakeboy soprano4 Minutes What Child Is ThisTyzik, arr.oboe5 Minutes What Child Is ThisTyzik, arr.soprano or tenor5 Minutes
Chorus and OrchestraAve MariaSchubert, arr. Tyzik 5 Minutes Cantique de NoelAdam, arr. Gradysoprano4 Minutesplay buttonChris van Allsburg's Polar ExpressKapilowbaritone22 Minutes Christmas DayHolst 8 Minutes Elijah's AngelKapilowbaritone, bass-baritone, boy soprano23 Minutes How the Grinch Stole Christmas!Hague / Poddany 60 Minutes Jesu, Joy of Man’s DesiringBach, arr. Tyzik 4 Minutes La Fiesta de la PosadaBrubeck45 Minutesplay buttonHoliday Moods (Suite No. 1)Tyzik, arr. 12 Minutes Holiday Moods (Suite No. 2)Tyzik, arr. 10 Minutes Holiday Moods (Suite No. 3)Tyzik, arr. 10 Minutes The NativityThomson 7 Minutes Scrooge: Concert Scenes from A Christmas CarolRodríguezbass-baritone18 Minutesplay buttonThe Shepherd's Chorus (from Amahl and the Night Visitors)Menotti 5 Minutes The Snowman (Suite)Blake21 Minutes Three Christmas CarolsHolst, arr. 10 Minutes The Three KingsMaxwell Davies 50 Minutes Twenty Polish Christmas CarolsLutosławskisoprano45 Minutesplay button

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