For the third time, a world-renowned orchestra and chorus will bring holiday charm to the area.

Christmas with the Mantovani Orchestra and Chorus will be presented at 8 p.m. Dec. 9 at Arcadia Theater, 1418 Graham Ave., Windber.

“This is their third appearance at the Arcadia,” said Frank Cunsolo, the theater’s programming director and president.

“We received more raves on this show than any other show at the Arcadia.”

The Mantovani Orchestra and Chorus previously appeared at Arcadia in 2003 and 2001.

The occasion is one to dress for in style.

The men in the 32-member orchestra will be dressed in tuxedos, while the women will wear black evening gowns.

The men in the eight-member chorus also will be in tuxes, and the women will wear red sequined gowns.

“The chorus has an astounding sound,” Cunsolo said. “They sound like there are 80 of them.”

Conductor Charles Ellis will lead the orchestra and chorus through a variety of offerings from festive to devotional.

Traditional Christmas carols such as “Silent Night,” “Joy to the World,” “The First Noel” and “Away in a Manger” will be featured in the Great Songs of Christmas Suite.

Santa’s Sleigh Ride Suite features “Sleigh Ride,” “Jingle Bells,” “Let It Snow,” “Winter Wonderland” and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.”

The Nativity Suite will feature “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” “What Child is This” and “The Little Drummer Boy.”

More sacred sounds will be “Do You Hear What I Hear,” “Once in Royal David’s City” and Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus.”

A Happy Holiday Suite features “Deck the Halls,” “The Holly and the Ivy,” “Skaters’ Waltz,” “Good King Wenceslas,” “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” and “Auld Lang Syne.”

The orchestra goes solo on Santa’s Workshop Suite, Nutcracker Suite, “March of the Toys,” “Ave Maria,” “Christmas Bells” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”

“This performance will put you in the Christmas spirit,” Cunsolo said.

“This show is always a sellout, and tickets are selling briskly.”

Throughout the concert, Mantovani’s signature “cascading” sound will be evident.

This tumbling effect is achieved in the strings by delaying the resolution of notes in a chord.

The sound was engineered by Ron-ald Binge, Mantovani’s accordionist in his old orchestra, to create an identifiable sound for his new orchestra.

Audiences at first thought the new sound was produced by a sound-effect machine.

The resulting Mantovani signature melody, “Charmaine,” propelled him into international stardom, selling more than 1 million copies in days when such a figure was unheard of.

Tickets are $38, $35 and $32.

Information: 467-9070.

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