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MSO celebrates Christmas show at Maryland Theatre

December 11, 2000

MSO celebrates Christmas show at Maryland Theatre



By TARA REILLY / Staff Writer

photo: KEVIN G. GILBERT / staff photographer

MSO performanceThe sounds of Christmas rang out Sunday afternoon as the Maryland Symphony Orchestra and the Hagerstown Choral Arts put on a holiday show to a sold-out Maryland Theater.

"I'm having a good time," said Marcy Degmar of Hagerstown, who was cloaked in a festive green and red sweater. "It's putting me in the Christmas spirit."

The symphony began its 13th annual holiday concert with "Brassy Holidays" and then moved onto longer movements, including Vivaldi's "Winter" movement from "The Four Seasons."

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About 1,300 people attended the concert, officials said.

Before intermission the crowd received an uplifting "Chanukah Medley" as the Choral Arts sang songs about the Festival of Lights, including their rendition of "The Dreidel Song."

"I've always liked 'The Dreidel Song,'" said Nancy Tressler of Hagerstown. "I'm not Jewish, but it has a good beat. You can sing along and tap your feet."

South Hagerstown High School senior Katie Bishop took the helm partway into the second half of the concert by conducting "The Christmas Song," also known as "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire."

Katie, field commander for the South High Rebel Band, plans to major in performance music at George Mason University or Ithaca College in Ithaca, N.Y. She has played the flute since she was in fourth grade.

Her only practice with the MSO was before the concert on Sunday morning.

"It's nice to see a student who's interested in music to get exposure like that," said Fred Rebisi of Frederick, Md., when asked about Katie's performance. "It's a real nice show."

Near the end of the show was a Christmas Carol Sing-Along, which included members of the audience singing "Jingle Bells," "Joy to the World," "Silent Night," "Away in a Manger," and "O Come, All Ye Faithful," among other songs.

"It's just so much fun," Debby Morgan of Hagerstown said. "We try to make it every year. It's well worth it."

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