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New Albany Symphony Orchestra

Holiday Spectacular to feature central Ohio performers


The New Albany Symphony Orchestra's Holiday Spectacular on Sunday, Dec. 22, will feature a variety of music, dance and narration in celebration of the holiday season.

"It (includes) dancers, a pianist soloist and our 2013-14 season musical concerto competition winner Gregory Hartmann, a narrator and kids on stage during the toy symphony," said Linda Brill, the symphony's marketing director. "There's just going to be a lot to see and hear."

Music Director Luis Biava will conduct the program which begins at 3 p.m. in the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts in New Albany.

Hartmann, of New Berlin, Wis., is a student at the University of Cincinnati who won the symphony's musical concerto competition this fall. He will perform Franz Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major, Brill said.

The program features symphony co-concert masters and violinists Robert Firdman and Ariane Sletner and principal cellist Mark Kosmala on Arcangelo Corelli's Concerto Grosso in G minor.

Brill said elementary- and middle-school children from central Ohio are the featured soloists in Joseph Haydn's Toy Symphony, and dancers from Diamond Dance of Gahanna will dance to Irving Berlin's White Christmas.

The concert includes other holiday songs such as Parade of the Wooden Soldiers by Leon Jessel, A Chanukah Overture by Avraham Fried, Rudolf the Red-nosed Reindeer by Billy Gilman, Bugler's Holiday and Sleigh Ride by Leroy Anderson and special guest Boyce Lancaster from WOSU-FM (101.1) radio, who will read the poem, Twas the Night Before Christmas.

The symphony's annual gift basket fundraiser begins at 1:30 p.m.

Brill said local companies donate prizes that are put together in gift baskets by volunteers.

People interested in the baskets can purchase a strip of 10 tickets for $20 and place their tickets with the gift basket they hope to win. Baskets will be given out during the second part of the holiday program, Brill said.

The concert is supported by Cardinal Health and the Greater Columbus Arts Council's crowdfunding platform, is helping the symphony raise $7,200 which will support the 18 professional musicians who work with the symphony's student and community musicians during rehearsals and performances.

Brill said the New Albany Symphony Orchestra is made up of professional, student and community musicians from central Ohio.

Tickets are $11 to $20 in advance and $13 to $22 the day of show and can be purchased by calling CAPA at 614-469-0939; or online by, any Ticketmaster outlet; or the McCoy center box office one hour prior to the performance.