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Winter Symphony

by Jennifer Thomas

Winter Symphony is on point with Jennifer's signature style of "cinematic classical" music with sweeping strings, epic climaxes, and emotional sweetness. 12 new Christmas songs to brighten your holidays - including two new originals by Jennifer.
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1. Angels We Have Heard On High (feat. The Ensign Chorus)
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2. Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
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3. Carol of the Bells
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4. Alleluia (feat. Felicia Farerre & The Ensign Chorus)
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5. Ice Dance (feat. The Ensign Chorus)
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6. I Saw Three Ships
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7. Breath of Heaven
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8. Theme from Home Alone (Somewhere in My Memory)
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9. What Child Is This (feat. Taylor Davis)
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10. Silent Night (feat. The Ensign Chorus)
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11. Winter Symphony
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12. O Holy Night
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Jennifer Thomas in a classically trained independent pianist, violinist, composer, and recording artist. She was named Classical Crossover UK's "Top Female Artist of the Year", won "The Indie Award", Top 20 Editorial Pick of 2012, "Album of the Year" and "Artist of the Year" at the 2013 IMC Awards, as well won "Best Original Score for Documentary/Short Film" at the 2012 Hollywood Music in Media Awards. Jennifer's music has been heard on television/film networks such as NBC, CBS, Universal Sports, MGM and much more. With a large following on Pandora, Jennifer Thomas has become a favorite among listeners in the cinematic/classical crossover genre.

Jennifer started playing the piano and violin at the age of five under the tutelage of her mother, Carolyn Southworth. She trained Classically at Brigham Young University—Idaho, where she obtained a music degree in Performing Arts/Piano Pedagogy. She won the silver medal in her university‘s concerto competition, performing Prokofiev‘s 3rd Piano Concerto – one of the most technically difficult concertos ever written for the piano. Jennifer has enjoyed many opportunities to perform, including being a featured concerto soloist with Salt Lake City‘s Murray Symphony on the MacDowell Piano Concerto No 2, performing in the Seattle Composer‘s Salon at Benaroya Hall, being a regular featured soloist at Seattle‘s historic Roosevelt Hotel, working with the Seattle Symphony, and performing as a violinist for the Oregon Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra. Jennifer also spent three years as a featured soloist for the Temple Square Concert Series on historic Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah.

While Jennifer spent many years studying and performing in the world of classical music, she didn‘t start composing her own original music until her late twenties. Combining her classical background and her love for cinematic music, she managed to merge the two styles and create a “Classical Crossover” sound that is not only emotionally charged, but also technically impressive.

Jennifer released her debut album, Key of Sea, in January 2007. The album includes 13 original and arranged works and was featured in Kathy Parson‹s “Top 20 of 2007” and “Top 40 of the Decade” lists. Key of Sea also caught the attention of filmmakers worldwide, winning an Audience Choice Award in the 2008 Swan Lake Moving Image and Music Awards in Germany for its use in a short film. Music critic, Michael Debbage, described the album as being “Sensually sumptuous…Simply put, Key of Sea is one of those cross pollinating albums that is not only experimental and intriguing but also exquisite and invigorating.”

Jennifer‘s second album release, The Lullaby Album (2009), came by way of inspiration after the birth of her first child in 2008. The dual-CD album features the talents of Grammy nominated producer/engineer Paul Speer, and Emmy award winning composer Jace Vek. A collaboration with her mother – the album turned out to be a memorable project for the both of them as many of the tracks were songs that Carolyn sung to Jennifer as a child. It was both their goal to create an album of lullabies that adults could enjoy as well as little ones. With beautiful orchestrations on one CD, and solo piano on the other, The Lullaby Album has been a big success with parents everywhere, as well as once again being featured on Kathy Parsons and Michael Debbages‘ “Top 20 of 2009” lists.

Jennifer‘s classical/cinematic style of music has continued to captivate filmmakers and audiences with its appearances in film and commercial work. In late 2010, Jennifer composed her first original film score for the film “Minuet” by director/writer Ryan K. McNeal. The film went on to win the Gold Medal of Excellence at the 2011 Park City Film Music Festival for “Best Original Music in a Short Film”. Jennifer also received a nomination for “Best Song” in the Classical/Orchestral genre at the 2011 Hollywood Music in Media Awards for her rendition of Bach’s “Toccata and Fugue (D Minor)”.

Jennifer released her third album, Illumination, towards the end of 2012 - which has been nominated and won many numerous awards including nominations for Album of the Year for Reviews New Age, and Classical Crossover UK, and winning "Album of the Year", and "Artist of the Year" at the 2013 IMC Awards, as well as being a Piano Heaven UK Award winner. The album is the culmination of four years of hard work, practice, study, and growth in her musical style and technique. It includes not only many new original works by Jennifer, but also familiar classics such as Dvorak’s New World Symphony, Satie’s Gymnopedie No. 1, excerpts from Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto, as well as new classics like OneRepublic’s Secrets, and Mansell’s Requiem For a Dream.

She will be releasing "Winter Symphony" in November of 2015 - her first Christmas holiday album, featuring 12 songs (2 of them original) that follows her signature style of epic cinematic classical.

Jennifer resides in the Seattle area with her husband, Will, and their three sons. Jennifer recently started a video blog on her YouTube channel where you can follow more of her journey as an artist juggling both motherhood and music.

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Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus
Holiday albums come in a wide range of styles from heartfelt solo piano recordings to more elaborate productions. However, "Winter Symphony" by pianist, violinist, and composer Jennifer Thomas is practically off the charts in terms of the magnitude of its production. Incorporating a large number of musicians from 3 orchestras, a full choir, as well as art and production staff, the credits alone take up two full pages in the 15-page color booklet that accompanies the album. "Winter Symphony" is Jennifer’s fourth album and encompasses 12 tracks, which are a blend of traditional Christmas songs as well as a number of her original compositions.

The album lifts off in heavenly fashion with “Angels We Have Heard On High.” Eschewing any traces of subtlety or understatement this rendition can best be described as “epic.” The symphonic majesty and vocal grandeur of the choir combine to create a monumental accompaniment for Jennifer’s elegant and uplifting piano playing on this much beloved Christmas classic. From there we move to a more secular, yet no less traditional holiday song, “Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy” from “The Nutcracker Suite” by Tchaikovsky. I appreciated that the piano stands out more in this mix and captures the magic that this song evokes, as well as spotlighting Jennifer’s impressive skills as a classical pianist.

Vocals take center stage on an original composition entitled “Alleluia.” Along with the Ensign Chorus, the featured soloist is Felicia Farerre, whose soaring soprano voice elevates this deeply spiritual hymn to an even loftier level. If you think you’ve heard the much beloved “Silent Night” before, you’ve never heard it quite like the interpretation of it on Winter Symphony. Following the delicate introduction, the piece remains instrumental until midway, when the choir swells in and raises the roof, so to speak.

While I have used words like “epic” and “grand” in describing the music on Winter Symphony, it is difficult to adequately portray in writing the majestic quality of this recording. In addition to her formidable instrumental talents on piano and violin, I was greatly impressed with Jennifer’s skills as an arranger, which with a production of this magnitude is worthy of my utmost respect. Jennifer Thomas has brought together a dream team to breathe life into her vision for this album. Winter Symphony is more than a compilation of songs. It is a musical experience imbued with the true spirit of Christmas, and would make a wonderful addition to anyone’s holiday music collection.

To read a full length feature article on this album, as well as others, please visit: www.michaeldiamondmusic.com
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Kathy Parsons

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Jennifer Thomas’ "Winter Symphony" is a dazzling collection of twelve holiday pieces, two of which are original compositions. This is quite possibly the biggest production I’ve ever heard on a contemporary Christmas album with choir, orchestra, live strings, grand piano, and more. All of the music was arranged by Thomas and most of the orchestration was done to perfection by Glen Gabriel (Thomas did some of the orchestration, as did Nathan Allen Pinard). The very impressive package includes a 16-page booklet with all of the production credits and a gallery of photos of Ms Thomas. Thomas’ love of cinematic music is given free reign in these arrangements, many of which have a big, sweeping sound. The selection of music is also inspired and includes traditional carols, a contemporary song, music from two Christmas-themed films, and two original pieces. With the symphonic theme, this album is probably the most classical of Thomas’ recordings, although there is plenty of evidence of this being an album created in the 21st century!

"Winter Symphony" opens with a lovely arrangement of “Angels We Have Heard On High.” It begins with piano and strings, building to include the Ensign Chorus (a full choir from the Seattle area) and the Cochin Chamber Orchestra - an uplifting and dramatic way to start! “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” is a piece from "The Nutcracker" that I dearly love. Beginning with piano and strings, it again builds to a very big sound that is both playful and mysterious - probably my favorite track. “Carol of the Bells” is flowing and dramatic, giving the piano a more prominent position amid the full orchestration - a beautiful arrangement of another favorite! “Alleluia” is the first of the original pieces and features soprano Felicia Farerre and the Ensign Chorus as well as the full orchestra. Elegant and stirring, this could become a new classic. One of my own holiday traditions is to watch "Edward Scissorhands" for the umpteenth time, and Thomas’ arrangement of “Ice Dance” from that movie makes me want to do that sooner than later! Hauntingly beautiful and icy cold, it’s another favorite! “I Saw Three Ships” goes in an entirely different direction with lots of drums, piano, and Thomas playing the violin (to name only a few of the participants!). Lively and jubilant, this is a fun piece and a real toe-tapper. The “Theme From Home Alone” includes the soulful “Somewhere In My Memory” as well as some of the more playful instrumental music - another great arrangement and orchestration! “What Child Is This” is a gorgeous and somewhat smaller production that features both Taylor Davis and Thomas on violin. Piano and orchestral touches add to the poignant quality of this beautiful piece. The title track is the other original. Fully orchestrated, it’s lively and lighthearted yet powerful and very dramatic. Piano, choir, and the full orchestra pack a whallop, creating and yet another favorite. “O Holy Night” closes this excellent album with a peaceful and soothing version of this emotional carol.

Jennifer Thomas has created what is likely to become a Christmas classic with "Winter Symphony." Sure to become a favorite that you can enjoy for many years to come! Very highly recommended!
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