Vista Philharmonic Orchestra: Christmas Magic

Saturday, December 9, 2023 at 2pm & 7:30pm

The Concert Hall at Groton Hill

Bruce Hangen, Conductor & Artistic Director

With special guests:

Matthew DiBattista, tenor

Paris Alston, narrator

Sounds of Stow
Barbara Jones, Artistic Director & Conductor

Groton Hill Harmonia Youth Chorus
Kathy McMinn, Director


A Christmas Festival
Leroy Anderson

On Christmas Day
Steven Amundson

Angels We Have Heard on High
arr. Mack Wilberg

Verlieh uns frieden gnädiglich
Felix Mendelssohn

Barbara Jones, guest conductor
Sounds of Stow

O Holy Night
Adolph Charles Adam/John Sullivan Dwight, arr. Terry White

Matthew DiBattista, tenor

Carol of the Bells
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Mykola Leontoyvich, arr. Matt Riley

Waltz of the Snowflakes from The Nutcracker
Pyotr Tchaikovsky

Groton Hill Harmonia Youth Chorus

Hallelujah from Messiah
George Frederic Handel


Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas from Home Alone 2
John Williams

Let Those Merry Bells Ring
Linda Swears and Gail Ann Wasson, arr. Matthew Naughtin

Children’s Santa Medley
Michael Braz

A Crooner’s Christmas
arr. Thomas Snow

Matthew DiBattista, tenor

A Visit from St. Nicholas
Matthew Naughtin

Paris Alston, narrator

Sleigh Ride
Leroy Anderson

Christmas Panorama Sing-Along
Michael Braz


Vista Philharmonic Orchestra

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

Violin I
Alice Hallstrom, Concertmaster
Mona Rashad, Associate Concertmaster
Rebecca Hawkins
Stuart Schulman
Allan Espinosa
Shuang Yang
Anabelle Hangen
Tony Morales
Betsy Hinkle
Lauren Cless
Job Salazar
Adam Jeffries

Violin II
Stanley Silverman
John Guarino
Susan Turcotte-Gavriel
Angel Hernandez
Todd Hamelin
Nicki Payne
Laura Papandrea
MarieLisa Alvarez

Darcy Montaldi
Lauren Nelson
Jing Wei-Huey
Dorcas McCall
Oleg Soloviev
Karen McConomy
Rebecca Hallowell
Lisa Kempskie

Shay Rudolph
Ben Swartz
Susan Randazzo
Priscilla Chew
George Hughen
Nathan Kimball
Colleen McGary-Smith
Johnny Mok

Kevin Green
Robb Aistrup
John Wall
Justin McCarty
Michael Simon
Kate Foss

Jessica Lizak
Meghan Miller
Grace Helmke

Andrea Heyboer
Hannah Staudinger

Sandra Halberstadt
Taylor Isberg

Andrew Flurer
Susannah Telsey


Nick Auer
Nancy Hudgins
Sarah Gagnon
Laura Crook Brisson

Mark Emery
Kyle Spraker
Samuel Thurston

Peter Cirelli
Connor Thummel
David Paligora

Michael Stephan

Aaron Trant

Michael Ambroszewski
Nick Tolle
Mark Fairweather

Maria Rindenello-Spraker

Bonnie Anderson

Randy Steere

Librarian: Kate Weiss

Sounds of Stow

Barbara Jones, Artistic Director & Conductor
Christina Kennedy, Assistant Conductor

Jane Bungard
Judy Cronenberg
Karen Cummings
Heather Fernauld
Theresa Garrod
Diana Harotian
Christie Herlihy-Starr
Karen Hunter
Nina Moss
Odette Newsome
Evgenia Petrova
Lisa Pohl
Dorcas Sefton
Gail Smith
Janice Sniffen
Elizabeth Swayze
Anne Thorne
Tracie Winslow

Joanne Crowell
Heidrun Dickson
Jane Epstein
Helene Gagliano
Deanne Glorioso
Christina Kennedy
Ellen Krag
Jenny Laforet
Amy Lepak
Mary Littlefield
Eleanor Mathews
Koren Moore Kitagawa
Liz Moseley
Evadne Moy
Carol Olsen
Jessie Panek
Cary Perry
Martha Remington
Katy Weeks

Matthew Gillespie
Bob Glorioso
Geoff Lull
David Pergola
Laurie Proulx
Trish Woods

Oleg Belokoz
Galen Brooks
Scott Feldhusen
Rollin Jeglum
David Kay
John Kendrick
Jim Kitendaugh
Phil Moseley
Jon Nelson
Carroll Perry
Sal Triolo

Groton Hill Harmonia Youth Chorus

Kathy McMinn, Director

Lina Abe
Lilliana Antonuccio
Sam Belknap
Lucy Cafaro
John BoraCaglar
Holly Cavicchi
Abigail Deery
Briseis Diaz
Emma Dutton
Aidia Fernald
Lucy Hebert
Mallory Klane
Tiffany Lin
Arshana Mahesh
Lennon Marder
Alex Milutinovic
Otis Mountain
Isaac Pezzuto
Portia Pinder
Rosabel Racela
Holden Ryan
Arya Sachdev
Lillian Schnieder
Haley Sullivan
Neo Vangala
Sadie Vogel
Devin Ward
James White
Annabelle Xu

About Our Guest Narrator: Paris Alston

Paris Alston is a Boston-based multimedia journalist. She is currently co-host of NPR & GBH’s Morning Edition and The Wake Up podcast at GBH News, where she also does original, community-based reporting for her series “A Walk Down the Block.” She has done live coverage of Massachusetts’ 2022 elections, the unveiling of the Embrace monument to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King, and the 2023 national NAACP convention, where she interviewed Vice President Kamala Harris. She previously was a host of the NPR podcast Consider This, produced in conjunction with GBH and WBUR. Paris was also the host of GBH’s digital series Keep it Social about social media trends targeted at millennial and Gen-Z audiences. Prior to that, she worked as a producer for WBUR’s daily news magazine, Radio Boston, and a digital production assistant at GBH News. She broke into the industry as an intern on UNC-TV’s Black Issues Forum and in the newsroom at NBC10-Philadelphia. Her storytelling interests surround identity, community and culture, and she has covered stories in Southeast Asia, Morocco, Panama and Brazil. She loves the intimacy of audio, the intelligence of video, the immediacy of digital, and the intricacy of print. A North Carolina native, Paris graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she studied media and journalism and global studies. She is currently pursuing a Social Impact M.B.A. at Boston University and is a member of the Boston and National Associations of Black Journalists.

About Our Guest Vocalist: Matthew DiBattista, tenor

Described as “brilliant” by Opera News, tenor Matthew DiBattista has performed opera and concert works throughout the U.S. and Europe. He has sung with such conductors as Charles Dutoit, Seiji Ozawa, Keith Lockhart, Sir Andrew Davis, and Robert Shaw. Known for an exceptionally varied repertoire, Matt has performed over 60 different roles to date spanning the entire operatic repertoire. He performed the past three seasons with Lyric Opera of Chicago (Parsifal, Capriccio, Der Rosenkavalier). Other appearances include the Boston Symphony Orchestra (Die Meistersinger, Serenade to Music, Norma), Glimmerglass Opera (The Abduction from the Seraglio, Falstaff), Santa Fe Opera, New Orleans Opera (Pagliacci), Opera Omaha (The Tender Land), Tulsa Opera (Elmer Gantry, Of Mice and Men), Opera Boston (Angels in America, Madame White Snake), Virginia Opera (A Streetcar Named Desire), Opera Colorado (Tosca), Tanglewood Music Center, Long Beach Opera, and Chicago Opera Theatre. He has also been on the roster of the Metropolitan Opera (Roméo et Juliette). Among his many appearances on the concert stage, Matt has been soloist in Britten’s War Requiem, Mozart’s Requiem, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 as well as performances of Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, the Bach Passions, Mass in B-Minor, Magnificat, Christmas Oratorio, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Haydn’s Creation, and Berlioz’s L’enfance du Christ with various orchestras and choruses across the country.

Lyrics for Christmas Panorama Sing-Along


Joan Reynolds and Family


Camilla Blackman
Bruce and Sue Bonner
Peter and Karen Burk
Barbara and John Chickosky
Priscilla Endicott
Matt and Judy Fichtenbaum family
Phil and Carolyn Francisco
David Gaynor and Bernice Goldman
Bruce Hauben and Joyce Brinton/The Helen G. Hauben Foundation
Mark and Jeanne Hubelbank
Mary Jennings and Jim Simko
Simon Jones and Richard Gioiosa
Bob and Sue Lotz
Carole and Art Prest
Pam and Griff Resor
The Riggert Family
Phil and Dorothy Robbins
Shepherd’s of Townsend
David and Bobbie Spiegelman
Randy Steere and Paul Landry