Vista Philharmonic Chamber Players: Christmas Classics

Saturday, December 17, 2022 at 8pm
Sunday, December 18, 2022 at 3pm

Meadow Hall at Groton Hill

Bruce Hangen, Artistic Director & Conductor
Jeremiah Kissel, Guest Narrator


Overture to Messiah
George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)

Concerto Grosso Op. 6, No. 8, “Christmas Concerto”
Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713)
– Allegro
– Adagio
– Allegro
– Pastorale: Adagio

Symphony No. 49, Op. 356: The Angel
Alan Hovhaness (1911-2000)
Andante con molto espressione

Fantasia on Greensleeves
Traditional, arr. Naughtin

Carol of the Bells
Mykola Leontovych (1877-1921)
arr. Naughtin

Carol of the Bells – God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
Mykola Leontovych (1877-1921)
arr. Riley

Troika, from Lieutenant Kije
Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)
arr. Lavender


A Christmas Wassail
arr. Naughtin

Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
Sammy Cahn (1913-1993) & Jule Styne (1905-1994)
arr. Crooks

A Celtic Christmas
arr. Mathews

Sleigh Ride
Leroy Anderson (1908-1975)
arr. Caputo

Up on the Housetop
Benjamin R. Hanby (1833-1867)
arr. Naughtin

A Visit from St. Nicholas
Words by Clement C. Moore
Matthew Naughtin (b. 1947)

Silent Night
Franz Gruber (1787-1863)
arr. Morales

We Wish You a Merry Christmas
Traditional, arr. Naughtin

Vista Philharmonic Chamber Players

Bruce Hangen, Artistic Director
Stone Family Endowed Music Director’s Chair

Violin I
Alice Hallstrom, Concertmaster
Li Mei Liang, Associate Concertmaster
Anabelle Hangen
Allan Espinosa
Lauren Cless
Mona Rashad

Violin II
Stanley Silverman
Lynn Basila
Todd Hamelin
Nicki Payne
Laura Papandrea

Peter Sulski
Amelia Hollander Ames
Darcy Montaldi
Dorcas McCall

Young Sook Lee
Shay Rudolph
Susan Randazzo

Kevin Ann Green
Robb Aistrup

Kate Weiss

About Our Guest Narrator: Jeremiah Kissel

Jeremiah Kissel is thrilled to be celebrating Christmas at Groton Hill, under the baton of Maestro Hangen, following previous holiday performances together at The Boston Pops, (“Grinch”), as well as at Indian Hill, (“Kennedy Portrait”, “Ellis Island: The Dream of America”). With other orchestras he has narrated “A Christmas Carol”, “The Dream Lives On: A Portrait of the Kennedy Brothers”, “Casey at the Bat”, “The Composer is Dead”, “Here Comes a Bold Umbrellaphant”, “From the Earth to the Moon and Beyond”, “The Carnival of the Animals”, “Peter and the Wolf, The Wizard of Menlo Park”, “L’Histoire du Soldat”, The Concert tour of “Porgy and Bess”, and “The Defiant Requiem”, (BSO). A forty-year veteran of Boston’s professional stages, Mr. Kissel has played leading roles for the Huntington, A.R.T., New Repertory, and Merrimack Repertory theaters, as well as the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, the Lyric Stage, Shear Madness, and various out-of-town companies passing through Boston. Recent roles include Bernie Madoff at Theater Row in NYC, Cyrano (earning a 2019 Norton Award nomination) at Gloucester Stage, and Richard Nixon at the New Rep. Screen credits include The Town, The Fighter, Joy, Stronger, Castle Rock, Body of Proof, Julia for HBO, and The Wrong Car. Mr. Kissel is the winner of several Norton Awards, several IRNE’s, an Arts Impulse, and a Helen Hayes Award. In 2003 he received Boston’s highest onstage recognition, the Norton Prize for Sustained Excellence.


Joan Reynolds and Family

Bruce and Sue Bonner
Karen and Peter Burk
Barbara and John Chickosky
Priscilla Endicott
Phil and Carolyn Francisco
Bernice Goldman and David Gaynor
Simon Jones and Richard Gioiosa
Randy Steere and Paul Landry
Bob and Sue Lotz
Carole and Art Prest
Pam and Griff Resor
The Riggert Family
Phil and Dorothy Robbins
Mary Jennings and Jim Simko
David and Bobbie Spiegelman