Symphonys Christmas Choral Fantasy, Dec. 12.

The  Symphony Orchestra here celebrates its 10th anniversary season, featuring five concerts and five guest conductors.

One of those will be selected as the new resident conductor of the GSO, starting in the 2011-12 season.

Audience members are invited to contribute to the selection process, through a survey available after each concert.

Christmas Choral Fantasy with the Grand River Chorus, will be performed on Dec. 12, at 3pm at River Run Centre with conductor David Bourque. The Christmas offering is a blend of classics and festive seasonal music. Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, with the Grand River Chorus and Amy Wark (piano) is the major work, together with the opening chorus from Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and Brahms’ Christmas Day. There will be lots of carols and opportunities for audience sing-along, and the King George School choir will add to the festivities.

The Orchestra acknowledges the receipt of a grant from the Ontario Arts Council in support of the 2010-2011 season.

The GSO is a semi-professional orchestra, based in Guelph and using primarily Guelph-area players.

The ensemble consists of 35 to 50-plus players, depending on the repertoire requirements.

Founded in 2001 with Simon Irving as its artistic director, it has given 63 concerts to date, covering a broad repertoire of classical music. The orchestra also provides opportunities for young emerging professional performers. For details about Guelph’s own orchestra or becoming a Friend of Guelph Symphony, visit

Tickets for all concerts are available at River Run Centre 519-763-3000.