Merry and Bright

Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 7:00 pm

Our first ever virtual holiday concert, “Merry and Bright,” takes place on Saturday, December 12 at 7:00 p.m. PST by clicking the link above. This concert features highlights from our 2018 and 2019 holiday performances, plus four new songs produced specifically for this special event. Maestro Peter Jaffe will take you on a festive journey through all of your holiday favorites including: It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, Carol of the Bells, Mary, Did You Know? and music from Frozen, The Nutcracker and Messiah. Also, re-live the 2019 symphony’s debut performance of Symph-Hanukkah, arranged by Maestro Jaffe.

Guest artists include Pasquale Esposito, tenor; Doug LaBrecque, tenor; and Monica Danilov, mezzo-soprano.

Enjoy this free virtual concert from the comfort of your own home. It’s our holiday gift to you! If you are in the giving spirit, donations to help support the Folsom Lake Symphony are always welcome.

Meet Our Guest Artists

Pasquale Esposito, tenor

Pasquale Esposito, tenor 

Mr. Esposito is an international crossover recording artist, acclaimed for his pop-opera delivery of songs. He has released 9 albums and began touring internationally in 2005 with his first musical revue: Naples … That’s Amore in 2005.  Thereafter, he toured with his CD of Original Compositions: A Brand New Me (2009) and Il Tempo (2011)

The New York Times stated that Esposito sang with “airy charm” for his performance of Ragazzo del Popolo while the San Francisco Chronicle described Esposito as “a charismatic and dulcet-toned singer.”

Mr. Esposito produced his first PBS Special: Pasquale Esposito Celebrates Enrico Caruso in 2015 and his second one, Pasquale Esposito Celebrates Italian Piazzas in 2018His third PBS Special, Il Tempo, has just been released this month.

Doug LaBrecque

Doug LaBrecque, tenor

Mr. LaBrecque has thrilled theatre audiences on Broadway as The Phantom and Raoul in the Harold Prince production of The Phantom of the Opera, and Ravenal in Show Boat and has toured nationally with Les Misérables. He has performed leading roles in Candide, A Chorus Line, Man of La Mancha among many others. A graduate of University of Michigan he was also featured in the world premiere of A Wonderful Life, written by Sheldon Harnick and Joe Raposo, and starred in the premiere revival of Kurt Weill and Alan Jay Lerner’s Love Life.

In addition, Mr. LaBrecque has performed with The National Symphony, The Chicago Symphony, The San Francisco Symphony, The Cleveland Orchestra, The Hong Kong Philharmonic, The Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary Symphonies in Canada and the Israel Philharmonic, among others.

Monica Danilov

Monica Danilov, mezzo-soprano

A Sacramento native, Ms. Danilov received her BM in Vocal Performance from Manhattan School of Music and completed her MM in Vocal Performance from the Conservatory of Music of Brooklyn College (CUNY) under the tutelage of Patricia McCaffrey.

Ms. Danilov has worked with conductors such as Jun Nakabayashi, Alan Gilbert, Dante Ranieri and Kent Tritle. She has performed at the Kennedy Center, Avery Fischer Hall and the Cairo Opera House to name a few, and extensively at theaters throughout South America. She also has experience in the musical theater and has performed the role of Maria in the Sound of Music 42 times with MISI PRODUCCIONES in Bogota, Columbia.