Alliance Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert

November 30, 2010

The Alliance Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Eric Benjamin, will present a concert of holiday favorites on Sunday, December 5 at 3 p.m. in the Alliance High School Auditorium.
 
Highlights of this year’s holiday concert include familiar Christmas songs including Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire, Sleigh Ride, Greensleeves and selections from Hansel and Gretel. The concert will also feature a Christmas carol sing-along and brand new works composed by Eric Benjamin, the newly-appointed conductor and adjunct instructor of music at the University of Mount Union. 
 
Celebrating its 21st season with renewed artistic vigor and achievement, the Alliance Symphony Orchestra is a vivid example of the exciting musical enrichment available to area residents.  Performing three public concerts per year, the 70-member orchestra provides an essential artistic outlet for a widely-varied group of musicians including advanced high school aged students, adults and senior citizens.  With budget cutbacks and a lack of availability of school string classes in most area school districts, the Alliance Symphony serves an important educational function in the Alliance community.
 Eric Benjamin
Benjamin, a graduate of New England Conservatory of Music, has served as the director of the Harvard Mozart Society Orchestra and the Akron Symphony. During his 11-year stint with the Akron Symphony, he also served as director of the Akron Youth Symphony and guest conducted the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra, Erie Philharmonic, Canton Symphony, Columbus Symphony and numerous student festivals.
 
He has composed for and collaborated with a variety of musicians and arts organizations such as Alex Bevan, the Actors/Summit Theater Company and the Children’s Ballet Theater of Akron. He wrote and produced Klassical Kids, a program that ran for seven years and won first prize for excellence in education from the Fine Arts Radio International. He also was named Ohio Music Teachers’ Association Composer of the Year in 2000. 
 
Tickets are $10 for general admission and seniors ages 65 and older are admitted for a discounted price of $8. Tickets are complimentary for students who have a student ID. For more information or to order tickets, call (330) 829-8102. Tickets will be sold at the door. The Alliance High School Auditorium is located at 400 Glamorgan Street in Alliance.
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