Williamsport Symphony Orchestra celebrates the holiday season

The Williamsport Symphony Orchestra - Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, the ‘Resurrection’; February 14, 2017

Holiday music will abound from the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra with their much-anticipated annual holiday concert 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Community Arts Center, 220 W. Fourth St.

“When people come to our holiday concerts, they expect to hear not only the familiar tunes, but also a program with great music,” Maestro Gerardo Edelstein said. “We will prepare a variety of selections that I am confident with delight everyone attending this performance.”

Classics like “White Christmas,” “Trepak” from the Nutcracker, “Christmas at the Movies,” arranged by Bob Krogstad and of course “Jingle Bells” will delight audiences as the watch the symphony perform.

Alongside WSO will be the Williamsport Youth Symphony Orchestra and also the Williamsport Area High School choirs under the direction of Kent Weaver, performing selections from “Home Alone” by John Williams, including “Somewhere in my Memory,” “Star of bethlehem’ and “Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas.”

This year’s winner of the Young Artist Competition, Rachel Zimmerman, will perform a selection from A. Glazunov’s Violin concerto. The competition that showcases talent from young musicians is just one of the ways the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra keeps the tradition and talent of classical music alive in a generation where it may seem that it’s fading.

Always appeasing their audience, WSO will also bring back by request, “Spirits Rising: African Percussion Quartet,” featuring members of the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra percussion section, Robert Leidhecker, Don Fisher, Ryan Pritchard and Gretchen Carpenter.

For more information, visit www.williamsportsymphonyorchestra.org.