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Choral Society and Orchestra announces season highlights

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“A Haydn Bicentennial” opens the 13th season of the Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7. The 2008-09 concert season of “Sundays at Seven” performances take place at the Mondavi Center at the University of California, Davis. The concert will include Haydn’s “Lord Nelson Mass” and the west coast premiere of “A Great and Glorious Victory” by British composer Jonathan Willcocks. Both masterpieces celebrate a victory for humanity and the triumph of the human spirit. Holiday magic is captured with candlelit processions, new and familiar carols and good cheer at the annual standing-room-only “Home for the Holidays” at 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13. Share in the audience carol sing-along and let the Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra bring the spirit of the season home for you. Season subscribers will have first pick of seats for this community favorite. The opening of the spring season will feature “Bach’s Birthday Celebration” Sunday, March 22. The program will present some of Bach’s greatest music including the “Magnificat” and excerpts from the Passions and Masses. The SCSO concludes its season on Sunday, June 7, with a performance that salutes the choral tradition featuring unaccompanied part-songs as well as chamber works by a variety of composers including G.F.Handel, Eric Whitacre and William Mathias. The Nov. 9 and March 22 concerts will include a pre-concert Podcast with conductor Donald Kendrick that will be accessible from the SCSO Web site. Season and single tickets are available from $110 to $145 at the Mondavi box office, telephone (866) 754-2787. For more information, call or e-mail the SCSO at (916) 536-9065 (scso2005@yahoo.com) or visit www.sacramentochoral.com.