Happy Holidays from the Houston Symphony!

Happy Holidays from the Houston Symphony!

Whether it’s a song, movie or a distant memory, there is always something that puts us in a festive mood. We surveyed our musicians to see what gets them into the holiday spirit. Season’s greetings from all of us at the Houston Symphony!

Top: A young Andrew Pedersen as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Bottom: Andrew today.

Andrew Pedersen, double bass
Sponsored by Barbara J. Burger

What is the most memorable holiday gift you have ever received? Gameboy 1998.

Do you have any special holiday traditions? Going to midnight mass, then opening presents at 2am.

 

Sergei Galperin, first violin
Sponsored by Rochelle & Max Levit and Jay & Shirley Marks

Favorite Christmas movie? It’s a Wonderful Life.

What is your favorite holiday song? The Christmas Song.

 

Robin Kesselman, principal double bass
Sponsored by Ralph Burch

Favorite Christmas Movie? Nightmare Before Christmas.

What is your favorite holiday song? The entire A Charlie Brown Christmas album.

Do you have any special or unusual holiday traditions? My sister and I always got a jar of “Lindsay” brand olives in our stocking (Her name is Lindsay).

 

Elise Wagner, bassoon

Top: Cinnamon assists Elise Wagner with a game of solitaire. Bottom: Elise today.

Sponsored by Rita & Paul Morico

What is your favorite holiday song? Feliz Navidad, because my friends change the words to Elise Navidad. It’s goofy.

Favorite Christmas movie? The Muppet Christmas Carol.

What is the most memorable holiday gift you have ever received? When I was 6, my father surprised me with a cat I was so happy, tears flowed. Cinammon lived to a ripe old age of 16!

 

William VerMeulen, principal horn
Sponsored by Mr. & Mrs. Alexander K. McLanahan

What is the most memorable holiday gift you have ever received? My brother made a homemade chopper-style bicycle for me when I was 10 years old. Must have taken weeks to put it together and find the parts. Was one of the few acts of kindness I remember from him. He passed away now more than 22 years ago.

 

Jarita Ng, viola

What is your favorite holiday song? All of them! I sing them so much during the year that my colleagues in the viola section tell me to keep quiet.

Favorite Christmas Movie? A Christmas Story, especially the ending. Because I love singing Christmas songs, and I’m Chinese, I really enjoy singing the “Farararara” part.

 

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