The Johnstown Symphony Orchestra’s Annual Christmas Concert, "Celebrate the Holidays," will take place on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m at the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center.
This year’s concert is a festive evening for the entire family and will include sing-a-longs, dancers, holiday music, and special guests including the Johnstown Symphony Chorus and a special visitor from the North Pole.
Maestro Istvan Jaray, Music Director and Conductor elaborated, on the program.
“I am looking forward with great anticipation to our holiday concert," Juray said. "It is always a joy to hear the orchestra and chorus play the audience favorites.”
The Christmas concert will feature selections of music including Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel Overture, Anderson’s Sleigh Ride and I’ll be Home for Christmas, Jessel’s Parade of the Wooden Soldiers, selections from Handel’s Messiah, Handel’s Royal Fireworks, works by Strauss, Bizet and much more.
Special music that will be performed with the Johnstown Symphony Chorus includes, selections from Handel’s Messiah, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas by Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians, Johnstown Christmas Memories, including ‘The Three Little Dwarfs,’ ‘Suzy Snowflake,’ and ‘Frosty the Snowman,’ and holiday sing-a-longs.
Sam Coco, director of the Johnstown Symphony Chorus, said he is excited for the chorus to have the opportunity to sing with such a wonderful orchestra.
“The Christmas season is my favorite holiday time and being able to bring the gift of music to the audience and hopefully allow them to think about Christmas, family and the traditions that make this time of the year so very special,” Coco said.
Leadership sponsors this season include Concurrent Technologies Corporation, Conemaugh Health Systems, Somerset Trust Company, AmeriServ and AmeriServ Financial. The Christmas Concert is also generously sponsored by the Whalley Charitable Trust.
The symphony is able to offer its seven concert series and outreach programming from revenue generated by ticket sales, grants, sponsorships, special events, annual campaigns and major gifts.
\Ticket prices for this concert are $40, $35, $30 and $15 for students. To purchase tickets for this concert call the Pasquerilla Performing Arts box office at 269-7200 or visit www.JohnstownSymphony.org. For more information about the concert and tickets, call the JSO office at 814-535-6738.