Out & About: Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra comes 'Home for the Holidays'
It's not Christmas in Greensburg until the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra comes “Home for the Holidays.”
The symphony's annual yuletide concert, performed Dec. 16 in the Palace Theatre, treated listeners to a festive program of sentimental and sacred favorites, along with a few less familiar airs.
Guest conductor Maria Sensi Sellner led the orchestra through the opening, playful rhythms of “Sleigh Ride” to the final, soaring majesty of Handel's “Hallelujah Chorus.”
Featured soloist was Shannon Jennings, from the Pittsburgh Opera, whose powerful soprano voice was showcased in a “Hanukkah Medley” and the Italian hymn “Gesu Bambino.”
Delighting the crowd was a Tony Award-worthy recitation of “The Night Before Christmas” from retired Seton Hill University drama professor Gene Saraceni.
The All-Star Choir of Westmoreland County, comprised of 60 singers from various area high schools, made its yearly appearance, under the direction of Melody Vigo.
The audience joined in on “Hark the Herald Angels Sing,” “Good King Wenceslas” and “Angels We Have Heard on High.”
Seen having a most wonderful time: George andOlive Conte, Morrie Brand andMichele Boulet, Barbara Ferrier, Jess andJoan Stairs, Theresa Kappel, Romayne Breniser, Pat and Carla Firment, Amy Hildebrand, Michael Newhouse, John, Mary andBeth Smaligo andFran McCaffrey withJay, Christina, Dominic, Marlaina andElla McCaffrey.