The Westerville Symphony at Otterbein University presents its annual holiday favorite: The Sounds of the Season concert. The performance takes place on Sunday, December 15, 2019 at 5 pm at the Fritsche Theater in Cowan Hall at Otterbein University.
The program includes a Christmas Sing-a-Long, the annual favorite of Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride and the beautiful Russian Christmas Music by Alfred Reed. Alfred Reed wrote this beloved work for concert band in 1944 for a special concert meant to improve Soviet-American relations and the premiere was broadcast live on NBC Radio. Originally the concert was to include Sergie Prokofiev’s March, op. 99, but since it had already been performed the concert committee reached out to Alfred Reed to compose an original work. He had 16 days to complete it and the result is now a steadfast favorite of the concert band repertoire. We will play an arrangement for orchestra by Clark McAlister. The orchestra will also perform a gorgeous setting of Gustav Holst’s In the Bleak Midwinter, featuring our new principal oboist Axl Pons.
Favorite annual movies and shows are featured in the selections of Christmas on Broadway, A Charlie Brown Christmas and the Concert Suite from the Polar Express. It wouldn’t be Christmas without a nod to Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker and we will play the exuberant Trepak.
Since the concert is at 5 pm, patrons can walk and enjoy a holiday dinner at one of the many wonderful restaurants in beautiful Uptown Westerville before or after the performance.
Tickets are available on-line at westervillesymphony,org and can also be purchased at the door. Tickets are free for Otterbein students/faculty/staff.