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JCSO comes 'Home for the Holidays'

December 9th, 2011 3:21 am by staff report

JCSO comes 'Home for the Holidays'

The Mountain Empire Children's Choral Academy's East Tennessee Children's Choir (above), along with its Highlands Youth Ensemble and Bella Voce choirs, will perform with the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra on Dec. 17 at Milligan College.


   The Johnson City Symphony Orchestra’s “Home for the Holidays” concert will feature students of the Mountain Empire Children’s Choral Academy and Josh Smith, anchor for 11Connects WJHL-TV.

   The concert will be held at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 17, in the Mary B. Martin Auditorium of Milligan College’s Seeger Chapel.

   The symphony, led by Music Director and Conductor Robert J. Seebacher, will present traditional holiday favorites and other selections to celebrate the season, including Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Polonaise” from “Christmas Eve;” excerpts from Vivaldi’s “Gloria;” Mozart’s “Musical Sleigh Ride;” and David Rose’s “Holiday for Strings.”

   MECCA, the region-wide children’s choir directed by Jane De-Loach Morison, will join the orchestra for several Christmas carols and seasonal songs, including “Hark the Herald Angels Sing,” “Mid-Winter” and a “Christmas Memories” sing-along.

   Smith, the weekday evening news anchor for WJHL-TV who can usually be found in the symphony’s audience with his wife and two young sons, will take the stage to narrate “’Twas the Night Before Christmas.”

   During the concert, the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra Guild will hold a silent auction for the benefit of the JCSO. A framed botanical print, “The Mangustin Fruit,” engraved by J. Swaine and published by William Marsden in 1810, has been donated by Art House Designs. All proceeds from the auction will go to support the orchestra. This season, the guild was a sponsor of the annual free children’s holiday concert, recently held at Freedom Hall, which was attended by more than 4,200 students from Tennessee, North Carolina and Virginia. The guild has also “adopted” two musicians from the orchestra through the JCSO’s Adopt a Musician program, and they provide refreshments for the musicians preceding each concert.

   Tickets are $30; $20 for seniors age 65 and older; and $10 for students. Free bus service will be available from Colonial Hill, leaving at 6:15 p.m.; Maplecrest and Appalachian Christian Village, leaving at 6:30 p.m.; and City Hall, leaving at 6:45 p.m.

   For tickets or more information, call (423) 926-8742 or visit w w w. j c s y m p h o n y. c o m .
Courtesy of Johnson City Symphony Orchestra

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