The Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra (GNSO) will perform its beloved Holiday Concert on Saturday, December 9 at 4 p.m. at Aquinas Hall on the Mount Saint Mary College campus in Newburgh. The event has sold out in recent years, so patrons are encouraged to buy their tickets early. (Snow date is Sunday, December 10, 4 pm ).
Commenting on the Season of Light program, Maestro Russell Ger says that “The lovely thing about holiday music is that no matter how often we have performed some of these pieces over the years, there always seems to be something new to discover.
Beginning with Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s sumptuous fantasy on well-known melodies, we move to Corelli’s touching Christmas Eve serenade from 1690, and then on to Pachelbel’s beloved Canon (which is not technically Christmas music but sounds so fitting!)”
“Next,” Ger continued, “we will hear an assortment of famous Christmas choral music, as well as the beautiful addition of a new and haunting Hanukkah song called Eight Days of Light. We expect this performance to bring down the house, as it has in the past.”
One of the special elements this year is the inclusion of a troop of ten professional singers who will perform some of the most wonderful vocal music of the season. “These singers have sung on some of the most important stages in the USA with some of the best-known symphonies. The power of their combined voices with the full-throated roar of the GNSO will be something to behold,” the maestro concluded.
Tickets – Balcony $75, Center Reserved $60. General $50, Senior Citizen $30 – can be purchased at the door. Call 845/913-7157 or visit www.newburghsymphony.org. Students are admitted free to General seating.