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The symphony gets a little sweeter

November 28, 2018

To conclude its gala 50th anniversary, the Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra will welcome all to its annual holiday concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Hawkins Centennial Chapel (1 University Ave., Bourbonnais), on the campus of Olivet Nazarene University.

Highlighting the afternoon’s Music of the Holidays program will be Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite featuring the Olivet Nazarene University Ballet Ensemble, along with dancers from the Paula Aubry School of Dance and a vocal ensemble.

Once again, conductor Allan Dennis will lead the audience in a sing-along of traditional seasonal selections.

Tickets, available at the door, are $25 for adults and $5 for children.

After the concert, the KVSO Women’s Guild will host the annual Symphony of Sweets.

The dinner and auction of desserts prepared by Guild members takes place at the Kankakee Country Club, 2011 Cobb Blvd., Kankakee. The cost for dinner is $50 per person and $20 per child younger than 12. Call 815-955-1045 to make a reservation and select an entrée.

In keeping with the symphony’s celebration of a half-century since its founding, the Guild has chosen “Fifty Years of Giving” as the evening’s theme.

The golden anniversary color scheme will be emphasized throughout the décor, as guests purchase raffle tickets for the desserts and for the split-the-pot raffle or take advantage of numerous opportunities to bid on a variety of exceptional and unique items to be auctioned. All proceeds benefit the orchestra. In recent years, the event has raised more than $7,000 for the symphony.

Phil Angelo, retired Daily Journal editor, will act as master of ceremonies for the evening.

The KVSO invites everyone to an afternoon of musical entertainment, followed by the KVSO Women’s Guild’s largest fundraiser of the year celebrating the holiday spirit with elegance.

It’s not necessary to attend both events; the two are separate. Dinner reservations may be accepted without attending the concert, or concertgoers may elect to attend the concert only.

Guests can arrive at the country club after the concert or at 5 p.m. to have time to observe the array of desserts prepared by Guild members before dinner is served.

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