Art makes a difference in how we live our lives, and in no time like the present have we seen the impact it has on everything from our daily experience to social movements. When our world changed in 2020 through crises of pandemic and social unrest, the creativity of artists flourished from space, time, and necessity.

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"The Winter Wonderland concert is a new musical concert brought to you by the Batavia High School Music Department performed in the Batavia Fine Arts Centre. This concert features our finest musical ensembles in band, choir, and orchestra, as well as our a cappella choir Chromatics. Each group performs an expanded set of holiday classics and modern-takes on old favorites. Once we're all done with those groups - we will perform with all the musicians together in a holiday extravaganza! Join us with in a new tradition and the best way to kick off the Holiday season!"  

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Joining forces with flute soloist Anastasiya Squires, and the Fox Valley Chorus, the FVO presents a concert of fun and nostalgic Holiday music.  From the classic carols, to “Sleigh Ride”, to colorful new arrangements, everyone’s favorite will be present for this special Holiday treat!

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In a concert full of delight and discovery, the FVO starts with the delightful ballet music by Delibes, his suite from “Coppelia.”  The discoveries begin with our concerto competition winner, Esme Aria-Kim, who will perform the first movement of Sibelius’ haunting “Violin Concerto”.  Concluding (with both delight and discovery) is the Florence Price “Symphony No. 3”.  Written at the height of the Great Depression, Price’s music is both tuneful and powerful.  She has the distinction of being the first black woman composer to have her music performed by a major American orchestra.

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Utilizing narration with each piece, the FVO performs Dukas’ “The Sorceror’s Apprentice” (made famous by Disney in “Fantasia”), Mendelssohn’s Suite from Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, and concludes with Deems Taylor’s “Through the Looking Glass”, colorful music inspired by Lewis Carroll’s fantastical Alice in Wonderland.  This concert is fun for all ages!

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From the brilliant minds of improv and comedy legend Colin Mochrie and Master, Hypnotist Asad Mecci comes a brand new, mind-blowing, jaw-dropping, side-splitting show. Hypnosis and Improv -- two art forms that have mystified and entertained fans, skeptics and everything in between for decades worldwide – come together as two masters of their crafts unite for a totally unique comedy experience -- HYPROV: Improv Under Hypnosis.

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Wrapping the season, the Fox Valley Orchestra and Chorus join forces to reflect and remember what the world has experienced in the last two years.  Inherent in Brahm’s “Requiem” is not only music that is compelling and powerful, but also the message of hope and of a kind and charitable humanity.  We will remember those across the globe who have been lost to this world with music that is certain to soothe and uplift us all.

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