Miller in China

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 1:25 PM

Well, it’s not quite like Nixon in China since I’m not actually going to be there. However, I do have a piece being performed on tour in China by the Athens Philharmonia, which is quite an honor. My piece, A Christmas Celebration, was selected by artistic director and conductor Yannis Hadjiloizou to be included in the orchestra’s programming for the tour. The tour is a 20-day ordeal beginning on December 23rd and concluding on January 9th, which will peak with two holiday concerts in Beijing and Shanghai.

A Christmas Celebration was written as two separate pieces for band during my tenure as a band director in South Carolina between 1984-87. It was premiered during that time as Hurry, Hurry, Snowy Flurry and Christmas Is Here Again by the Berkeley High School Band and Chorus. In 2010 I combined the two short pieces into one piece, and dropping the choral parts, in the form of a fanfare and chorale with a fanfare reprisal and tag ending. The work was recorded in 2015 by the Moravian Philarhonia in Ouloumec, Czech Republic by PARMA Recordings and released in 2016 on their Novana label (

Following are the dates and locations of the Athens Philharmonia tour:

December 2019 – A Christmas Celebration for orchestra, performed by the Athens Philharmonia Orchestra on tour to China:

        Dec 24 - Dalian People's Club Theater, Dalian, Liaoning, China

        Dec 25 - Mudanjiang Grand Theater, Mudanjiang, Heilongjiang, China

        Dec 27 - Yingkou Art Center, Yingkou, Liaoning, China

        Dec 28 - Jinzhou Theater, Jinzhou, China

        Dec 30 - Dalian Development Area Grand Theater, Dalian, Liaoning, China

January 2020 – A Christmas Celebration for orchestra, performed by the Athens Philharmonia Orchestra on tour to China, continued:

        Jan 2 - Liuzhou Art Center, Liuzhou, China

        Jan 3 - Jiangxi Art Center, Nanchang, Jiangxi, China

        Jan 4 - Handan Grand Theater, Handan, Hebei, China

        Jan 5 - Hebei Art Center, Shijiazhuang, Hebei, China

More information on the Athens Philharmonia may be found by visiting their webpage here:

To hear the Moravian Philharmonia’s recording of A Christmas Celebration, please visit my webpage here:

Submitted by Timothy Miller, composer, editor of In The Loop