By Monique Valadez
WALNUT – More than 200 members of the Walnut Valley Symphony & Master Chorale (WVSO) and the Diamond Bar High School Symphony Orchestra entertained its audience with a winter concert “Holiday Magic” Dec. 29 at Walnut High School Performing Arts Center.
Walnut city officials in attendance said that the WVSO and Diamond Bar High School truly provided a magical night and remain true to their mission to create a community tradition of maintaining and fostering music at the highest level of creativity.
The annual holiday concert, led by Conductor Sey Ahn, sought to ring in the holiday season with festive holiday music from Christmas carols to holiday stories.
The concert hall was filled with sounds from “The First Noel,” “Away in the Manger,” “O Holy Night,” and “A Merry Christmas.”
The audience was also enchanted with dramatic versions of “Ave Maria,” performed by Bess De Guzman-Valenzuela and “All Is Well” performed by Cristina Elise Pacheco, founding board member and director of the Walnut Valley Symphony Orchestra and Master Chorale.
“The pleasure of hearing the beautiful music [the WVSO] create makes our holiday period so special,” said Walnut Mayor Bob Pacheco, who is a WVSO board member and proud father of Soloist/Soprano Cristina Pacheco.
Guests were also treated to a special performance by the nationally-acclaimed Diamond Bar High School Symphony Orchestra, led by Music Director Steve Acciani. The Diamond Bar High School Orchestra recently won the National School Orchestra Finals at New York’s Lincoln Center and is composed of 9th through 12th grade student string players.
Diamond Bar city officials say that events such as this, which shine a spotlight on local arts and music programs and showcase our community’s young musicians’ talent, are of great value and importance as they contribute in a positive way to our quality of life.