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Win tickets to Fresno Philharmonic’s ‘Home for the Holidays’


When I was speaking to Stuart Malina, the guest conductor for the Fresno Philharmonic’s big annual holiday concert Saturday at the Saroyan Theatre, I asked him why he thought these types of events are so popular with audiences. His response: “Everyone has their holiday memories. In most cases, music has something to do with that.” (My advance interview with Malina is in Thursday’s Life section.)

Whatever the reason, there’s no doubt that the orchestra’s annual concert is really popular. Which makes this a prime Beehive ticket giveaway. Two tickets to the 7:30 p.m. event will go to a lucky reader. The concert will have a little something for everyone, including  jaunty orchestral arrangements of popular secular holiday songs, big band vocals, sacred tunes and the Fresno Community Chorus Master Chorale singing the Hallelujah Chorus.

To enter our contest, write a comment on this post telling us your favorite holiday song. Or, if you’re prefer to be contrarian, tell us your least favorite holiday song — the one you wouldn’t be so crazy about hearing at the concert.

Deadline for entry is 5 p.m. today (Thursday). Yes, that’s only three hour from now, so this is a quick turnaround contest. I’ll be picking our winner at random and notifying him or her by email. (So watch yours at about that time.) If you’re our winner, you’ll need to come down to The Bee’s front counter on Friday to pick up your tickets, so please don’t enter if you 1) don’t think you can check your email at 5 pm and 2) won’t be able to pick up your tickets in person. One comment per person. Rules are on the jump.

Recipients will be notified by e-mail at the end of each giveaway period. No substitutions or transfer of winners/prizes. Prizes are not redeemable for cash. Some prizes may have due dates for redemption/use. Employees and immediate family of The Fresno Bee, and any/all of the participating giveaway sponsors, are not eligible to win. By accepting a giveaway, recipient consents to allow the use of his/her name and/or photograph for advertising or similar promotions without further compensation. Winner releases all sponsors of liability regarding use and enjoyment of the prizes. Tax liabilities and insurance, if any, are sole responsibility of the winner. No purchase necessary to win.

Responses to "Win tickets to Fresno Philharmonic’s ‘Home for the Holidays’"

Wes says:

I always loved Jingles Bells!

Chad says:

Joy to the World is my favorite holiday song.

Lita says:

Silent Night is hands down my favorite.

Wilson says:

Grandma Got Runned Over By A Reindeer is so Epic!!!

Savanna Johanson says:

It is very difficult to pick one holiday song as a favorite, but if I had to choose one it would be Little Drummer Boy.

Happy Holidays!

Ted says:

I always enjoy Sleigh Ride as the music becomes the ride itself.

Kathryn Forbes says:

“Hark the Herald Angels Sing”–when the Peanut crew sings it on “Charlie Brown Christmas.” Love seeing their gaping mouths belt it out!

Ron says:

“Silent Night” would be a traditional favorite and a more recent would have to be “Do They Know It’s Christmas” by Band Aid. Both are very moving.

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