By April Abernathy
For The Herald Bulletin
ANDERSON, Ind. —
As signs of the holidays surround Madison County and people get ready for large dinners with friends and family, the Anderson Symphony Orchestra does some prepping of its own.
On Dec. 8, the symphony will host its Christmas Concert, this year titled “A Symphony Holiday.” It’s a night filled with story-telling, singing and great music at the Paramount Theatre, 1124 Meridian Plaza.
“The Anderson University Chorale will be joining us,” said Dana Stone, ASO Executive Director. “It will have the traditional sing-along that a lot of people have come to know and enjoy.”
ASO Music Director and Conductor Richard Sowers said the performance will include a “Musicological Journey Through the 12 days of Christmas” and a Christmas tale narrated by Arlon Bayliss, a professor of art at Anderson University and
“We’ll also play some pieces from the movie ‘Home Alone,’” Sowers said. “You know how it is at Christmas, there are certain movies that you pull out because they are feel good and remind you of the season.”
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Perhaps new to this year’s performance is the chance to enjoy Christmas dinner before the show.
“This is one of our major fundraisers this year,” Stone said. “We’ve done dinners before and the feedback has always been so positive that we wanted to do it again.”
Dinner will be catered by Larry Peck and include performances throughout by local vocalist and musician Rick Vale.
“He’ll be singing and playing,” Stone said. “We are hoping that our audience will come and spend the entire evening with us; have a great meal, private, intimate concert and then enjoy the full symphony with guests the Anderson University Chorale.” The dinner is $40 and reservations are still available.