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WHEN: December 13, 2011 at 6:00 pm
WHERE: Turrentine Room – Escondido Public Library
239 South Kalmia St.
Escondido, CA 92025

FanFaire Foundation partners once again with the ESCONDIDO PUBLIC LIBRARY in celebrating the 2011 holiday season with a FREE FAMILY SING-ALONG program co-sponsored by the FRIENDS of the ESCONDIDO PUBLIC LIBRARY. Open to the public, the community event features vocalist NICOLE THORDSEN, pianist SHELDON ROSENBAUM, and harpist ALEXANDRA TIBBITTS.

The Sing-Along takes place at the Library’s TURRENTINE ROOM and begins at 6:00 pm. The program begins with a musical performance featuring the very talented kids of FanFaire Foundation’s “KIDS PLAYING FOR KIDS” PROGRAM, among them: ALEXIS NG, FanFaire Foundation’s little fund-raising angel who will play the cello and piano, and the prize-winning pianists MICHAEL CHEN, ADRIAN LIU, and ELIAS BUTTERFIELD

In keeping with the Library’s tradition, the hour-long Sing-Along opens with a theatrical reading of the much-loved poem “Twas the Night Before Christmas” by Clement Clarke Moore (1779 – 1863) introduced by celestial strains of harp music, setting the mood for the sing-along to be led by soprano NICOLE THORDSEN. Among the holiday songs the audience will surely enjoy singing are the following popular carols:

· Jingle Bells

· Frosty the Snowman

· 12 Days of Christmas

· Winter Wonderland

· Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

· Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

· Deck the Halls

· We Wish You A Merry Christmas

Interspersed with the singing will be solo numbers on the harp by ALEXANDRA TIBBITTS.

The stage is set for a HAPPY HOLIDAY EVENING that family members of ALL AGES will surely remember!

WHEN: 6:00 pm
WHERE: Turrentine Room – Escondido Public Library
239 South Kalmia St.
Escondido, CA 92025




Soprano Nicole Thordsen holds a B.A. in Theatre from Chapman University in Orange, CA. She has been studying music for 17 years including piano, cello and voice.

She has been seen in numerous musicals around Southern California including Guys & Dolls, Pippin, South Pacific, She Loves Me, Cinderella and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. She has also performed in Red Ball at the New Play Development Workshop in New York and as a soloist for various non-profit organizations. She currently lives in Los Angeles where she continues to study music and dance.
Currently an accompanist for the choirs at the Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Encinitas, Sheldon Rosenbaum performs solo concerts and accompanies singers and instrumentalists throughout San Diego. He has played on the Gluck Chamber Music Series at Scripps Green Hospital, the Osher Institute Concert Series at the University of California, San Diego, the Sunday Concert Series at the Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, and the Carmel Valley and Encinitas libraries. His programs include classical, jazz, popular, and Jewish music.

Sheldon Rosenbaum has been the staff pianist of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and a faculty member of the Hartt College of Music of the University of Hartford, where he received his Bachelors of Music degree. He earned his Masters of Music from Northwestern University, where he received a fellowship as accompanist in the opera department. For more than 20 years, Mr. Rosenbaum was pianist in residence at the North Shore Country Day School in Winnetka, Illinois and performed numerous solo and group concerts in the Chicago area.
Alexandra (Alex) Tibbitts’ musical journey began in Davis, California, where she was exposed to musical theatre at age four and quickly learned to sing the songs she loved from that genre. By the age of six she started playing the piano and became increasingly involved in performing. Though she still enjoys singing and playing the piano, the harp has been her main instrument since she first started playing at age twelve.

Alex has studied with with mentors across North America from California to Washington, Utah, Georgia, New York, and Vancouver B.C., including Isabelle Perrin, Dr. Carrol McLaughlin, Judy Loman, and Julie Ann Smith. At San Diego State University, she serves as the Principal Harpist for the university’s Symphony Orchestra, Wind Symphony, and Symphonic Band. Her experience as a performer has recently inspired her to explore composing classical as well as experimental works and to collaborate with a broad spectrum of musicians in a variety of genres. She is thrilled to be able to share her passion for music with audiences of all ages on her harp, Francis (named after a certain Francis Albert Sinatra). Alex is continually excited by the new places her passions take her, whether it be classical music, jazz, composition and arrangement, or solo and symphony work.


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