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A Christmas Festival

Leroy Anderson

A Christmas Festival is a medley of traditional carols written for the Boston Pops Orchestra in 1950, including “Joy to the World,” “Deck the Halls,” “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” “Good King Wenceslaus,” “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” “Silent Night,” “Jingle Bells,” and “Adeste Fidelis.”

Leroy Anderson (1908-1975) was a preeminent American composer of light concert music. He was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts to first-generation Swedish immigrants. Originally a trombonist, he was director of the Harvard Band. During WW II he served as an Army captain in intelligence. A versatile linguist, he wrote a book on Icelandic grammar. Anderson achieved fame as arranger for the Boston Pops Orchestra, and for his conducting.

Last updated on December 6, 2018 by Palatine Concert Band