High school, college vocalists join symphony show Thursday

December 04, 2019

Come out to J.W. Adams Combined School in Pound on Thursday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. as Pro-Art presents Symphony of the Mountains “By the Fireside,” an evening of warmth and wonder filled with all your holiday favorites and some seasonal surprises!

The symphony will be accompanied by the following students from Union Middle School under the direction of Kelly Sorah: Talan Adams, Emma Addison, Kaylee Ballard, Hailey Barker, Kaitlynn Blevins, Bryson Boggs, Jasmine Bolinskey, Allyson Bolling, Ryleigh Bowman, Sevette Deel, Montrell Frantzen, Isabella Gibson, Liberty Gollaway, Noah Hale, Faith Herron, Alleigh Hobbs, Brendan Johnson, Paige Kannon, Kharis Lawson, Mia McCray, Emmalee Miller, Nadia Neeley, Julie Orange, Brycen Osborne, Layla Payne, Nevaeh Pearson, Lucy Redman, Angela Rhoten, Payton Russell, McKenzie Stidham, Leah Sturgill, Abigail Valdez, Caeti Witt-Bledsoe and Yasmin Woods.

Under the direction of Hannah Wunsch Ryan, the following members of The University of Virginia’s College at Wise Concert Choir will also be performing alongside the symphony: Alyssa Shell, Isabella LaScala, Amanda Shoemaker, Justin Lovell, Brianna Rife, Hayden Barker, Ashlyn Mullins, Tyler Widener, William Farmer, Dalton Rutter, Cameron Yearout, Joseph McNulty, Canaan Godsey, Tyler Ingle and Lakota Ison-Crisp.

A special guest in a red suit is slated to make an appearance for those children who’d like to put in a word about their Christmas lists or behavior this year.

“This is the first time we’ve had the symphony out for a Christmas program since 2017,” Pro-Art Executive Director Jan Zentmeyer said. “We love getting local students involved and providing an avenue for them to experience what it’s like to perform onstage with professional musicians.”

All students and children are free to attend this special performance.

Cornelia Laemmli Orth will conduct the 45-plus-member symphony as they bring you classics such as Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Joy of Man’s Desiring” and Benjamin Dawson’s “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” among others.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, and all students and children are free. Pro-Art season tickets will also be honored for this event. This performance is brought to you by the Pro-Art Association and was sponsored in part by Ballad Health. For more information and to purchase season tickets, please visit proartva.org.