The Alpena Symphony Orchestra, conducted by John Schubert, will present its seventh annual Holiday Celebration concert this Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the Alpena High School Auditorium.
Special guests performing with the ASO that evening will be the AHS Concert Choir and its director, Jean Martin Brown.
Schubert will lead the full orchestra in a delightful program of holiday music, including three medleys: "A Holst Christmas," featuring music of composer Gustav Holst, arranged by Douglas E. Wagner, and including "In the Bleak Midwinter," "Lullay My Liking" and excerpts from "Christmas Day: A German Carol Festival," arranged by James Christensen.
Also featured will be such familiar carols as "O Tannenbaum," "Silent Night" and "Good Christmas Men Rejoice," and "Christmas at the Movies," arranged by Bob Krogstad and featuring the overture from "Miracle on 34th Streets," as well as music from the "Polar Express," "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," "Nightmare Before Christmas" and "Home Alone."
The orchestra also will play Leon Jessel's lively "Parade of the Wooden Soldiers" and a lovely arrangement by Jack Bullock of the traditional hymn, "Once in Royal David's City," featuring a violin solo by the ASO's concert master, Dr. Eric Lawson.
A smaller chamber orchestra will accompany soloists Raymond R. Reynolds and Ben Witter in Antonio Vivaldi's famous "Concerto for Two Trumpets," as well as soloist Michael Moors in the sprightly "Rondo" from Amadeus Mozart's "Clarinet Concerto."
The AHS Concert Choir will present two numbers, "Christmas is the Warmest Time of the Year" by Al Semola, and "White Christmas" by Irving Berlin. Then the full orchestra will join them in an arrangement by ASO conductor John Schubert of Adolphe Adam's beautiful "Cantique de Noel (O Holy Night)" and in the traditional French carol, "Sing We Now of Christmas," arranged by John Leavitt.
The concert will conclude with music from the "Messiah" by George Friedrich Handel: The Air and the Chorus, O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings," with Jean Martin Brown as soloist, and finally the resounding "Hallelujah Chorus."
Tickets for this concert are $10 for adults, $5 for students, and $25 for family admission. Children ages 6 and under will be admitted at no charge.
Advance tickets are available at Neiman's Family Market, but tickets will also be sold at the door.
The ASO hopes the community will join in this joyous musical celebration of the season and for the afterglow reception that will follow the concert.