December 15, 2022
Windsor, ON – The Windsor Symphony Orchestra is elated to announce the release of a new holiday CD! Christmas, eh? has a Canadian twist and a hockey connection.
This CD combines well-loved holiday tunes, with a Canadian twist and a classic hockey story, narrated by Peter Mansbridge.
Maestro Robert Franz said, “Our new CD has been a dream for a while and has been years in the making. Through several very happy and unrelated occurrences, authors Kara Kootstra and Helene Becker were introduced to me. Their work was the inspiration for the music on this CD and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of bringing them to life!”
The CD features music arranged by Canadian composer Rebecca Pellett; her beautiful arrangements for Canadian author Helaine Becker’s A Porcupine in a Pine Tree, Dashing Through the Snow, and We Wish You a Merry Christmas, along with Canadian Great; hockey legend Bobby Orr’s book, Bobby Orr and the Hand-Me-Down-Skates. This story tells the tale of every young hockey player’s dream beginning with hand-me-down skates.
The story read by Peter Mansbridge, the creative arrangements of composer Rebecca Pellett, and music by the Windsor Symphony Orchestra are the makings of a new Canadian classic.
Album Launch Details:
Thursday, December 15, 4:30pm, Gate #1
WFCU Centre(8787 McHugh St., Windsor, ON)
4:30pm – Doors open
5:00 – 5:30pm –Album Launch; Music from CD performed by the WSO and Maestro Franz chats with Kara Kootstra, co-author of the Bobby Orr & the Hand-Me-Down-Skates book
6:05 – 7:05pm – Pre-Game Holiday Music from the WSO in the concourse, under the direction of Assistant Conductor Maestro Francisco Hernández Bolaños
7:25pm – Windsor Symphony Youth Orchestra performs holiday tunes during 1st and 2nd intermissions of the Windsor Spitfires game
Christmas, eh? features:
Robert Franz, Music Director
Peter Mansbridge, Narrator
Rebecca Pellett, Composer
Brianna DeSantis, Soprano | Sara Fontaine, Alto
Philip Klaassen, Tenor | Brandon Atkins, Baritone
The Windsor Symphony Orchestra
Available for interviews at launch:
CD available Thursday December 15th at the following locations: