"Magical Memories" Musical Events Hit Every Note at North Lake Tahoe Resort
Music, entertainment, recreation, culinary activities and more
OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. - At the annual Resort at Squaw Creek's "Magical Memories" winter holiday celebration, which runs from Thanksgiving through January 4, 2009, musical events to suit every taste will bring talent from near and far, from local grade school musicians to world-class classical artists. Local youth talent debuts on December 3 when the North Tahoe High School jazz band performs a free concert in the lobby at 5 PM. More young local talent will appear on December 10, when the Glenshire Elementary School musicians perform, and the following Wednesday, December 17, when Truckee High School will have band members play holiday classics.
In addition to the youth performances, Resort at Squaw Creek will offer several professional productions. On Sunday, December 7, Squaw Valley Institute presents the Truckee Community Chorus in a special holiday presentation co-conducted by Susan K. Horst and Chris Nelson, which begins with a reception at 3:30 PM, and an event start time of 4 PM. Tickets can be purchased for $10 online at http://www.squawvalleyinstitute.org/, or via phone at 530.581.4138. Students and children are free.
Later in the evening on December 7, at 8 PM, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival presents the Reno Baroque Ensemble in an enchanting winter concert featuring soloists and orchestral artists from the Sacramento Philharmonic, Reno Chamber Orchestra and Reno Philharmonic as well as nationally-acclaimed vocal soloists. "Dinner and Show" packages are available in addition to general admission tickets for this event. General admission tickets run $20 for adults and $10 for children under the age of 15. VIP seating with holiday cookie, coffee and hot chocolate reception is offered for $35. "Dinner and Show" packages start at $60 for adults, and $25 for children under the age of 15. VIP "Dinner and Show" packages run $75 per person. For tickets visit http://www.laketahoeshakespeare.com/, or call 800.74.SHOWS.
On December 21, Resort at Squaw Creek's Grand Sierra Ballroom is the host location for the TOCCATA Orchestra and Chorus performance of Handel's "Messiah." Maestro James Rawie leads this classical orchestra, joined by a large choir; TOCCATA vocal soloists include sopranos Maria Arrigotti, Joy Strotz and Anna Helwing, mezzo sopranos Marianne Ashley and Susan Sonnemaker, tenors Andy Sonnemaker, Fahad Siadat, and Kevin Beiswinger and baritone Stuart Duke. TOCCATA Orchestra features Rose Sciaroni as concertmaster, David Brock, Matt Linaman, Ben Benson and Ben Wallack for continuo, and Mark Lord and William Van Meter on Baroque trumpets. This holiday classic will include a holiday carol interlude, which is engaging for all ages. For "Messiah" tickets call 775.267.1720. All performances are supported by Carol F. Buck Foundation, Thorny Point Foundation, and TransAD Puerto Rico.
For other musical styles, pianist Tim Callicrate plays holiday favorites on numerous evening dates throughout "Magical Memories." Darin Talbot, singer, strummer, songwriter, and often called the "Voice of Tahoe," delivers his upbeat rhythms on the outdoor Sun Deck, adjacent to the Squaw Creek chairlift, from 1-5 PM on Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons throughout "Magical Memories." Talbot also performs every Saturday throughout the winter season.
For a complete Magical Memories calendar, visit http://www.magicalsquawcreek.com/.
Specials room rates of $129 for deluxe guest rooms are available through December 18, 2008 by utilizing promotion code: MAGICEVENT.
AAA Four-Diamond Resort at Squaw Creek, a Destination Hotels & Resorts-managed property, has also expanded available dates for the "Magical Memories Bed & Breakfast" package to include Thanksgiving Weekend. Starting at $199 per room, per night, the package includes accommodations in a deluxe guest room and breakfast for up to two adults and two children. Available from now through December 18, 2008, the nightly package allows guests the opportunity to experience the popular annual holiday celebration, "Magical Memories," with its multitude of music, entertainment, culinary and recreational offerings for the entire family.
For reservations visit http://www.visitsquawcreek/, or call 800.401.9501.
Magical Memories illuminated winter wonderland comes to life during the Gingerbread Village Unveiling and Grand Tree Lighting Ceremony on November 28. Drawing hundreds of people each year, this kickoff celebration comes complete with live music, carolers, visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus and Santa's merry elves, ice skating with Buddy Bear, complimentary servings of hot chocolate and oven-fresh gingerbread cookies under the stars. This event, like all "Magical Memories" events, is open to the public as well as resort guests.
The resort's ski-in, ski-out chairlift to Squaw Valley USA provides quick access to more than 4,000 acres of terrain served by an extensive network of 33 lifts including North America's only Funitel and the world-famous KT-22 Express lift. Visitors also can enjoy a host of other activities, including cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, dog sled tours and an on-property ice skating rink. Plus, the property's on-site ski shop provides ski and snowboard rentals, expert boot fitting, lift tickets for purchase and complimentary ski lockers. Squaw Valley USA traditionally opens in late November. Recently, Skiing Magazine awarded Resort at Squaw Creek "best hot tub" in their Resort Awards.
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