MASSENATickets for a Dec. 15 benefit concert featuring the renowned Orchestra of Northern New York and the Massena High School Mixed Chorus are now available locally.
The Orchestra, under the baton of Kenneth Andrews, will bring its Holiday Festival performance to the Massena High School auditorium at 3 p.m. Dec. 15. The concert is a benefit for Massena Music Friends, which raises funds to meet the beyond-the-budget needs of the MCS music department.
Tickets for the concert are $15 in advance for adults and $12 for students and senior citizens and are available at Seasons Specialty Gifts, 27 West Orvis Street and at Phil and Jackies Gift Shop, 69 Main Street. Tickets are also available online through the Orchestra of Northern New York website, www.onny.org. Admission at the door will be $18 for adults and $15 for students and seniors.
We are very pleased to be bringing the orchestra and their wonderful, classic holiday program back to Massena this season, said Massena Music Friends President Paul Haggett. Were also pleased to offer once again to over 100 high school students the rare opportunity to perform alongside a professional symphony orchestra.
The concert will feature many staples of the holiday season including Tchaikovskys Nutcracker Suite, Sleigh Ride by Leroy Anderson and the Christmas Concerto by Archangelo Corelli. Vocal selections performed by the Mixed Choir include arrangements of O Come All Ye Faithful and O Come, O Come Emmanuel by the British composer Sir John Rutter, and Handels immortal Halleluiah Chorus.
Proceeds of the performance of A Holiday Festival will benefit Massena Music Friends fundraising in support of music in Massena schools. This year, MMF hopes to purchase two new tubas for the elementary band program, finance the repair or replacement of worn out string basses for the orchestra and buy a new electronic keyboard for the junior high school classroom music, Haggett said.
Several generous sponsors have stepped forward to bring the ONNY Holiday concert back to Massena. They include aluminum level backers SeaComm Federal Credit Union and Drs. Luis Canales and Suzanne Daye, gold level sponsors Massena Savings and Loan and Phillips Memorial Home, and silver sponsors Drs. Mukta and Sanjeev Gupta and Pinto, Mucenski, Hooper and Van House. Bronze sponsors include Mrs. Elsie Scruggs, Mrs. Abigail Wanzer, Northern Music and Video, Blevins Seaway Motors, Hoot Owl Development, Tarbell Management Group and Manley Insurance Agency.
So far, we have raised about $3,700 in sponsorships to help defray the orchestras $8,000 performance fee, said Haggett. Last year, sponsors contributed a total of $6,000, so we have a ways to go to meet that.
Businesses, groups or individuals interested in sponsoring ONNYs Holiday Festival can contact Paul Haggett at 250-16725 or Pat Tubbs at 769-1982, or send donations to Massena Music Friends at P.O. Box 83, Massena.