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The annual conference of the Altoona Symphony Orchestra “Home for the holidays” The concert scheduled for December 4 at the Altoona Area High School Auditorium will feature the Altoona High School Choir, bagpipers and popular singing duo Dave Villani and Paula Glunt.

ASO is under the baton of Nick Palmer, Artistic Advisor and Principal Guest Conductor, and is in its 93rd season.

“We are delighted to offer this warm and very entertaining holiday concert to our great community” said Executive Director Rick Vanevenhoven. “We are planning so many new and great experiences to share with our audience at this concert, and we’ll get everyone in the holiday spirit guaranteed! “

The AAHS auditorium can seat 1,200 spectators, so a packed house means the symphony will be performed in front of its largest holiday audience in recent memory, Vanevenhoven said in a press release.

The program includes classic holiday works ” Christmas “, “Opening of Chanukah” “Wizards in winter” and a collection of selections from the popular holiday movie “Polar Express.” Additional work includes “Singing of the bells” and Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece “Travel in the snow” of The Nutcracker.

Altoona Area High School Choir, conducted by Kelly Sipes, to sing holiday favorites “Long live the wind” and “Sleigh ride.”

“It is a great pleasure to collaborate with such a beautiful choir. The AAHS choir has such an incredible reputation for excellence ”, said Maestro Palmer.

The orchestra will perform “Cathedral”, which will feature bagpipers from local bands the Jaffa Highlanders and Rail City Pipes and Drums.

“We appreciate so much every time we have the opportunity to join our many great local musical talents, and the result is still as stunningly beautiful as ever.” said Vanevenhoven. “These collaborations are so well received by our audiences that we plan to continue this tradition with many of our future concerts. “

Local artists Dave Villani and Paula Glunt, who performed in the ’80s, will reunite to perform “Grateful” arranged by Villani.

“Dave and Paula’s Pops performance with ASO two decades ago was one of the most popular events of all time we have ever hosted” according to Maestro Palmer.

A highlight of the evening will be the performance of the ASO of “It was Christmas Eve” with professional actor Oliver Palmer providing narration for the holiday classic.

An accomplished stage actor Oliver Palmer is also one of Maestro Palmer’s four sons and the performance is a looping moment, Elder Palmer said, “He started coming to Altoona to attend concerts when he was two years old.”

ASO is sponsored for this concert by Barry and Marlene Halbritter, New Enterprise Stone & Lime, Gwin Dobson & Foreman, M&T Bank and the Wolf-Kuhn Foundation.

If you are going to

What: The Altoona

The Symphony Orchestra with special guests presents its annual holiday concert

When: 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 4

Where: High school auditorium in the Altoona region

Tickets: $ 35 for adults (including ticketing fees) and $ 15 for students. Available online at or by calling the Mishler Box Office at 814-944-9434; or at the door one hour before the concert.

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