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A Joyous Holiday Gathering

  • 20 Schalks Crossing Rd Plainsboro Township, NJ, 08536 United States (map)

Community Chorus, led by Lyn Ransom, Choral Conductor

Program also includes:
Rimsky-Korsakov A Christmas Eve Suite
Strauss Emperor's Waltz
Overture of Jewish Themes
Excerpts from Handel's Messiah
Holiday Audience Sing-Along


The award-winning Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra, based in the West Windsor/Plainsboro area, is presenting its annual Holiday Concert on Sunday, December 7, at 7:30 pm.  The Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra consists of professional musicians, high-level amateurs, university students, and gifted pre-college students. Its conductor, Ms. Chiu-Tze Lin, is a highly-acclaimed musician who has performed around the world and is active throughout the Tri-State Area.

The concert will be held at the Princeton Alliance Church, which is located at 20 Schalks Crossing, on the corner of Scudders Mill Road and Schalks Crossing in Plainsboro, NJ.  A community chorus of singers from area choruses and church choirs will bring us selections from the Christmas section of Handel’s “Messiah." It will be conducted by Dr. Lyn Ransom, Director of VOICES, a professional choral group in Central New Jersey.

Dr. Lyn Ransom has been a faculty member at several universities, including the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Westminster Conservatory of Music of Rider University, and Iowa State University, where she taught early childhood music and conducted choruses.  Dr. Ransom has been a guest conductor in Russia, Germany, England, and the eastern US, and has prepared choruses for several orchestras including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Riverside Symphonia, and Pittsburgh Symphony. In 1992, Dr. Ransom was given an award for outstanding contributions to cultural life by the Princeton Arts Council.

The concert program will include the “Emperor Waltz” composed by Johannes Strauss.  It was composed in 1889, as a symbolic toast to friendship from the Emperor of Austrian to the German Kaiser. Originally called “Hand in Hand,” the “Emperor Waltz” is a piece that enthralls the audience with joyous music that culminates in a triumphant trumpet fanfare. 

The orchestra continues its lively celebration of the “Christmas Even Suite” by Rimsky-Korsakov, a concert suite based on his opera of the same name.  Its famous third movement, Polonaise, is an all-time classic for holiday concerts.  The “Overture of Jewish Themes” brings a festive holiday tradition from the rich cultural diversity in Central New Jersey.  The audience will be invited to join in the ever-popular holiday music sing-along at the end of the concert. 

Partial Funding of this concert is provided by the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission. 

General admission is $15, $12 for seniors and students.  Premium seating is available at $25 each. Tickets purchased in advance are $12 and can be obtained online from the Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra website or by calling (609) 790-9559, (732) 792-2070, or (609) 933-4729 (Chinese) or emailing  Further information regarding the orchestra can be found at


Earlier Event: September 28
Season Opening Concert
Later Event: February 15
2015 Concerto Competition