Kearney Symphony Orchestra performing holiday concert

KEARNEY – Kearney Symphony Orchestra will perform its annual holiday concert 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Merryman Performing Arts Center, 225 W. 22nd St.

“Sounds of the Season” will open with “The Blue Danube” by Johann Strauss II, followed by Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “The Lark Ascending” featuring University of Nebraska at Kearney professor and violinist Ting-Lan Chen. The performance also includes Leroy Anderson’s “A Christmas Festival” and an arrangement of the English folksong “Greensleeves” with former UNK Director of Bands and Kearney Symphony Orchestra conductor emeritus Ron Crocker as guest conductor. The evening concludes with a carol singalong of “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”

A pre-concert talk is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

Tickets range from $5 to $13 and can be purchased through the UNK Theatre Box Office inside the Fine Arts Building. UNK Box Office hours are 12:30 to 5 p.m. weekdays. Tickets are also available at the Merryman Performing Arts Center Box Office one hour before the performance. For reservations, call 308-865-8417 or email UNK students with a current ID can attend the concert free of charge.

The holiday concert is supported by a grant from the Ron and Carol Cope Foundation.

Celebrating its 118th season, Kearney Symphony Orchestra is the oldest orchestra in Nebraska. Its members include UNK students and faculty, community volunteers and area professional musicians.