The Central Ohio Symphony will present its annual holiday concerts on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. in the festively decorated Gray Chapel on the campus of Ohio Wesleyan. The orchestra under the direction of Music Director Jaime Morales-Matos will perform two identical concerts of seasonal music.
“Our concert is a long-established holiday tradition in Delaware,” said Symphony Executive Director Warren W. Hyer. “This year we are adding some new elements and artists who have not appeared with us before.”
The Celtic band Lone Raven will be performing with the orchestra. “This is a well-known, popular group that is making its first appearance ever with an orchestra,” said Hyer. “The orchestra and Lone Raven will be playing special arrangements of some of their original works as well as traditional music.”
Ohio Wesleyan students of Dr. Jennifer Jolley provided the arrangements, which were done for this concert.
The orchestra will also premiere “Cedar Falls,” by Westerville composer and inventor Ken McCaw, the first piece of an intended suite of five about Hocking Hills. The group premiered McCaw’s “Ice Dance” two years ago.
Additional works include Leroy Anderson’s “A Christmas Festival,” selections from the movie “Frozen, “ and other holiday works. As is the custom of Conductor Morales-Matos, the concert will end with the Central Ohio Symphony tradition of Radetzky March by Johann Strauss.
“The holiday concerts are always an excellent opportunity for young and old alike to get into the holiday spirit and this year is no exception,” said Hyer.
Tickets for the concert are available at the Symphony Source office at 24 E. Winter Street in downtown Delaware. Prices are $25, adults; $20, seniors; $6, students of any age; and $4, children, age six and under. Ticket may also be ordered online at www.centralohiosymphony.org or by calling the Symphony at 740-362-1799.