By Melissa Wynn

Photos By Dr. Owen Bateson

Everyone from pole to pole carries a tune in their heart this time of year so it is no surprise that “Christmas Around The World”  is the theme of the Susanville Symphony’s holiday performance this year. Symphony Maestro Benjamin Wade tells MVL “The Christmas show is our most popular of the year. This season it will be Christmas Around the World….featuring music that you know, but might not know where it came from. For example Jingle Bells is from Australia and Silent Night is from Germany. We will highlight the history of the pieces.” Relax, enjoy the carols and learn their origin while you are at it.

The classic, “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” will be highlighted with special meaning as the Blue Star Moms and their families serving overseas will be featured in a video while the symphony plays this heartfelt favorite. Tis’ the season of giving and charity.

Wade promises “This year, our 15th anniversary, is going to be simply incredible. As with every season there are classical favorites, music for all generations, and enough excitement in each show to last you until the next performance!”

We hope to celebrate the season and watch with most of you at this great event but not everyone is content to be the audience. Many in Susanville and the surrounding communities are driven to share the song in their heart and be part of the show. Susanville Symphony makes it easy to join in the fun. According to their website “The Susanville Choral Society is up and running – rehearsing new music, recruiting singers, and otherwise having great fun making music!” Visit them online at  on their Facebook page or call 530-251-6738 to learn how you can become a member and share your vocal talents.

Instrumental performers can join the Susanville Symphony Youth Orchestra with a solid year of experience on their instrument of choice and the ability to read sheet music. For information about current tuition and fees, please contact Carol Fontana at 530-257-3153.  Some scholarships are available for low income students and adults.  Instruments are available at no charge with a refundable deposit or participants are free to bring their own.

If you neither sing nor play an instrument, but would love to learn, the Susanville Symphony Academy of Music is the program for you. The mission of the Susanville Academy of Music is “to encourage and provide a positive and educational musical experience for young people and adults.”

The core curriculum at the Academy includes ear training, rhythm, harmony, note reading and ensemble performance.  Students are evaluated by the Academy’s staff and youth orchestra conductor Benjamin Wade for placement in the level of instruction appropriate for the musical skills and age of each musician.

“Christmas Around The World” will show December 16 & 17 at 473-465 Richmond Road in Susanville.   Tickets are $22 for general seating, $30 for premium and can be purchased at Margie’s Book Nook at 722 Main St. and at Axia Home Loans 2940 Riverside Drive Suite C. You may also contact the ticket hotline by phone at +1.530.310.8111. Happy Holidays!