Out & About: Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra’s holidays concert
For many in the area, the Christmas season is not complete without the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra’s Home for the Holidays concert.
Entering Greensburg’s Palace Theatre for the Dec. 17 event, Matt Scholetta, with wife Stephanie, said, “We’re in the Christmas spirit big time now!”
Welcoming the crowd, the symphony’s artistic director and conductor Daniel Meyer said, “It’s setting up to be a perfect holiday season, with a fresh blanket of … slush … in Greensburg today.”
Balmy temperatures aside, it was impossible not to feel the Christmas spirit, from the jingling opening of “Sleigh Ride” to the exultant final notes of George Frideric Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus,” sung by guest soprano Kate Neubert-Lechner and the All-Star Choir of Westmoreland County, featuring students from 10 area high schools and directed by Melody Vigo.
Neubert-Lechner also offered a jazzy “Man With the Bag” and a poignant “Christmas Lullaby.”
During the audience sing-along, Meyer was all smiles as he looked toward the opera box where his 2-year-old son, Leo, sat with mom Mary Persin and grandparents Dennis and Diane Persin.
Westmoreland Symphony managing director Morrie Brand noted that this year’s Home for the Holidays was the 16th annual.
Seen: Joy Carroll, Michele Boulet, Harvey andPat Childs, Barbara Ferrier, Ellen Grubb, George Shaner andMichael Philopena, Sue Pollins, Barry andChrista McKnight, Kacee McKnight, Pacey Cramer, Theresa Kappel, Romayne Breniser, Alfred andMary Kay Simeone, Geneo andDebbie Simeone, John andCarol Henry, Dr.David Schimizzi andSandra Wolk-Schimizzi, Melissa Raichel andLoray Greese.