Immaculata Symphony to Host Annual Christmas Concert on Sunday

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The Immaculata Symphony will hold its annual Christmas concert, “Christmas Around the World,” in Alumnae Hall on Sunday, Dec. 5 at 3 PM.

The Immaculata Symphony is a university-community organization, with a long and outstanding tradition that goes back to the university’s founding in 1920.

Take a trip around the world with the Immaculata Symphony in this festive Christmas concert, under the direction of Music Director Joseph Gehring. From Germany, Switzerland, Russia, and back to the U.S., the audience will enjoy popular carols to sing along with. The orchestra will perform:

  • Around the World at Christmas Time by Bruce Chase
  • German Carol Festival by James Christensen
  • A Vaughan Williams Christmas by Douglas Wagner
  • Troika from Symphonic Suite “Lieutenant Kijé,” op. 60 by Sergei Prokofiev
  • Russian Christmas Music by Alfred Reed
  • Jingle Bells Forever by James Pierpont/John Philip Sousa
  • A Christmas Festival by Leroy Anderson

Also, Gehring arranged an original composition, entitled Eine kleine Weihnachtsmusik fúr zwei Alphörner und Orchester, featuring George Sabol and Robert Frazier on alphorns. The new piece includes the Swiss national anthem, traditional alphorn phrases, and the carol Süßer die Glocken nie klingen (Sweeter the bells never sound).

Gehring is chair of the Music Department and director of Ensembles at Immaculata University. He was appointed music director of the Immaculata Symphony in 2011. He is also the conductor of the West Chester Band and Chesco Pops Orchestra and is a frequent guest conductor of various honor/festival bands and orchestras throughout Pennsylvania and Delaware.

Tickets for the concert are $10 (children under 12 are free) and available for sale on the night of the event and online.