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With last year's success, ProMusica had to return for New Year's Eve

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Steve Keyes and Sean Altman, the Two Tenors of the GrooveBarbers, along with the High Street Stompers, will join ProMusica Chamber Orchestra for a New Year's Eve concert at 8:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, at the Southern Theatre. Tickets are $62-$32. A pre-concert party at The Westin Columbus begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $32. Visit promusicacolumbus.org.
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ProMusica Chamber Orchestra may have begun a grand new New Year's Eve tradition in Columbus last year, marking the turn of the calendar with a concert at the Southern Theatre.

Seeing as a good times was indeed had by all, the orchestra is back this Dec. 31 for a second annual event.

"We definitely felt that last year's New Year's Eve party and concert was a success," executive director Janet Chen told The Beat.

"Our analysis showed that about 41 percent of the attendees were new to ProMusica, so we felt really pleased about reaching new audiences. In addition, it was a pleasure to help kick off the Columbus Bicentennial with this event, and this time around, to help close what has been a great year for Columbus."

The party begins at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, in the lobby of The Westin Columbus hotel. Tickets are 432 and include a variety of food, a dessert bar and a glass of champagne.

The concert begins at 8:30 p.m. in the Southern Theatre. Tickets are $32-$62.

Visit promusicacolumbus.org.

The second edition of this event spotlights members of the orchestra and welcomes local Dixieland outfit the High Street Stompers and vocal duo The Two Tenors of the GrooveBarbers: Steve Keyes and Sean Altman.

Keyes and Altman, half of the vocal quartet The GrooveBarbers, are also former members of pioneering a cappella group Rockapella.

"You might think, 'How does that work with a chamber orchestra?' But we're getting creative and the concert will be a blast," Chen said.

Additionally, Keyes is a ProMusica board member.

"Many of our board members have not heard Steve sing and 'in action,' so it will be a fun time. And I think our musicians will enjoy performing with not only a talented musicians but a board member," Chen said.

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