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January 22nd, 2022

Special to the Leader & Times


The public is invited to Southwest Symphony Society’s concert, “We’re Back: Just in Time for Christmas” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9, at the Family Life Center at the First Baptist Church, 204 N. Sherman St. Admission is a free-will donation at the door and refreshments will be served.

“Our local musicians volunteer their time and talents,” said Conductor Josiah Smiddy, “and they have been working several months now on putting together a Christmas concert that will get you in the mood for the holiday season. We had to take off last year due to the pandemic but we’re glad to be back in time to do a holiday concert this year.” Smiddy has been serving as the conductor for the Southwest Symphony orchestra since August 2017.

“I think our conductor has done a great job of mixing classical and contemporary music to provide some outstanding concerts,” said Kay Burtzloff, Southwest Symphony Society president. “I think people are often surprised at the depth of talent we have in our community.”

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The concert will feature the following selections:

• "España Cañí" - Pascual Marquina Naro

• "The Blue Danube" - Johann Strauss Jr.

• "Dreams of Fireflies" - Paul O’Neill

• "The Inner Light" - Jay Chattaway

• "The Little Drummer Boy" - Katherine Davis, Henry Onorati, & Harry Simeone

• "Hungarian Dance No. 5" - Johannes Brahms

• "Star Trek" - Michael Giacchino & Alexander Courage

• "A Christmas Festival" - Leroy Anderson

Concert personnel include: Strings: Bethany Adams, Rebekah Strand, Blinda Massa, Alison Grahe, Nancy Allen; Woodwinds: Marieka Ford, Alisa Henderson, Shelly Rowson, Derrick Kraft, Liz Heath; Brass: Sherry Moentmann, Chris Ford, Jacie Butler, and Alex Goossen.

The   Southwest Symphony Society is a Liberal non-profit organization dedicated to promoting classical and contemporary music in the community utilizing the talents of local and professional musicians. For more information, call 620- 629-0203 or visit the Southwest Symphony Society’s Facebook page.


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