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,fresnobee.com 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.