widely-acclaimed soprano soloist Kara Shay Thomson

widely-acclaimed soprano soloist Kara Shay Thomson

The Blue Ash/Montgomery Symphony Orchestra will be finishing up 2013 with a flourish.  As in the past, the Blue Ash/Montgomery Symphony Orchestra will present its annual Kindel Memorial Holiday Concert on the first Sunday in December.  This year’s theme will be Christmas through the ages – from medieval to baroque and on to the pops.

The concert, at 7:00 PM on Sunday, December 1 at the Montgomery Assembly of God Church, 7950 Pfeiffer Road in Montgomery, has become the traditional beginning to the holiday season for many Blue Ash and Montgomery residents.

An all-Orchestral first half will begin with two overtures – Handel’s Overture to Judas Maccabeus and Rossini’s Overture to the Barber of Seville. Principal trombonist Glenn Proffit will be featured soloist in McCarty’s Trombone Concerto.

In the second half of the program, widely-acclaimed soprano soloist, Kara Shay Thomson,  plus the Cincinnati Choral Society will support the choral tradition so much associated with the season. Our musical journey will begin with Lauridsen’s O Magnus Mysterium, followed by Of the Father’s Love Begotten – a composition from 300 AD with Ms. Thomson. It will move forward with Veni,veni Emmanuel (900), and the French traditional carol Besancon  (1650), and on to Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus (1740) performed by the Cincinnati Choral Society and Orchestra. As we continue over time we will encounter Victor Herbert’s March of the Toys (1900), Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (1940), and on to A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965). It will be a charming evening.

At the intermission the winners of the 2013 Jack & Lucille Wonnell Young Artist Concerto Competition will be announced.  This competition, now in its 26th year, has introduced scores of talented young musicians to the community.

All concerts are free to the public. The Orchestra appreciates the support provided by the City of Blue Ash, the City of Montgomery, ArtsWave, the Ohio Arts Council, the Montgomery Women’s Club and the Montgomery Arts Commission as well as that of our individual contributors.


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