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Out & About: Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra’s holidays concert

Tribune-Review
| Sunday, December 18, 2016 9:00 p.m
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Daniel Meyer (center), artistic director and conductor of the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra, joins Kate Neubert-Lechner (left), soprano, and Melody Vigo, director of the All-Star Choir of Westmoreland County, for a photo at the annual Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra 'Home for the Holidays' concert held at the Palace Theatre in Greensburg on Saturday evening, Dec. 17, 2016.
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Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
Daniel Meyer (front), artistic director and conductor of the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra, directs the annual Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra 'Home for the Holidays' concert held at the Palace Theatre in Greensburg on Saturday evening, Dec. 17, 2016.
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Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
Greensburg Salem High School students Jake Kalp (left) and Sophia Roy pose for a photo at the annual Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra 'Home for the Holidays' concert held at the Palace Theatre in Greensburg on Saturday evening, Dec. 17, 2016.
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(From left) Christa and Barry McKnight of Scottdale join their daughter, Kacee McKnight, a member of the All-Star Choir, and Pacey Cramer for a photo, at the annual Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra 'Home for the Holidays' concert held at the Palace Theatre in Greensburg on Saturday evening, Dec. 17, 2016.
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Leo Meyer (front), 2, son of Daniel Meyer, artistic director and conductor of the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra, enjoys the annual Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra 'Home for the Holidays' concert held at the Palace Theatre in Greensburg on Saturday evening, Dec. 17, 2016.
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(From left), Shauna Frantz of Murrysville, Tom Cramer of Plum and Carol Dunlap of Murrysville gather for a photo at the annual Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra 'Home for the Holidays' concert held at the Palace Theatre in Greensburg on Saturday evening, Dec. 17, 2016.
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(From left) Sophia Roy from Greensburg-Salem High School, Caroline Bailey from Southmoreland High School and Kacee McKnight from Southmoreland High School sing with the All-Star Choir of Westmoreland County during the annual Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra 'Home for the Holidays' concert held at the Palace Theatre in Greensburg on Saturday evening, Dec. 17, 2016.
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Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
Soprano Kate Neubert-Lechner (left) performs with the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra under direction of Daniel Meyer (right) during the annual Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra 'Home for the Holidays' concert held at the Palace Theatre in Greensburg on Saturday evening, Dec. 17, 2016.
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Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
Melody Vigo directs the All-Star Choir of Westmoreland County during the 2016 Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra 'Home for the Holidays' concert in Greensburg's Palace Theatre.
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Alfred Simeone (left) of Murrysville and Geneo Simeone of Baldwin pose for a photo at the annual Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra 'Home for the Holidays' concert held at the Palace Theatre in Greensburg on Saturday evening, Dec. 17, 2016.
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Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
Daniel Meyer (center), artistic director and conductor of the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra, joins Kate Neubert-Lechner (left), soprano, and Melody Vigo, director of the All-Star Choir of Westmoreland County, for a photo at the annual Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra 'Home for the Holidays' concert held at the Palace Theatre in Greensburg on Saturday evening, Dec. 17, 2016.
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Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
Daniel Meyer (front), artistic director and conductor of the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra, directs the annual Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra 'Home for the Holidays' concert held at the Palace Theatre in Greensburg on Saturday evening, Dec. 17, 2016.
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Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
Greensburg Salem High School students Jake Kalp (left) and Sophia Roy pose for a photo at the annual Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra 'Home for the Holidays' concert held at the Palace Theatre in Greensburg on Saturday evening, Dec. 17, 2016.
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Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
(From left) Christa and Barry McKnight of Scottdale join their daughter, Kacee McKnight, a member of the All-Star Choir, and Pacey Cramer for a photo, at the annual Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra 'Home for the Holidays' concert held at the Palace Theatre in Greensburg on Saturday evening, Dec. 17, 2016.
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Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
Leo Meyer (front), 2, son of Daniel Meyer, artistic director and conductor of the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra, enjoys the annual Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra 'Home for the Holidays' concert held at the Palace Theatre in Greensburg on Saturday evening, Dec. 17, 2016.
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Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
(From left), Shauna Frantz of Murrysville, Tom Cramer of Plum and Carol Dunlap of Murrysville gather for a photo at the annual Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra 'Home for the Holidays' concert held at the Palace Theatre in Greensburg on Saturday evening, Dec. 17, 2016.
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Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
(From left) Sophia Roy from Greensburg-Salem High School, Caroline Bailey from Southmoreland High School and Kacee McKnight from Southmoreland High School sing with the All-Star Choir of Westmoreland County during the annual Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra 'Home for the Holidays' concert held at the Palace Theatre in Greensburg on Saturday evening, Dec. 17, 2016.
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Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
Soprano Kate Neubert-Lechner (left) performs with the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra under direction of Daniel Meyer (right) during the annual Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra 'Home for the Holidays' concert held at the Palace Theatre in Greensburg on Saturday evening, Dec. 17, 2016.
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Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
Melody Vigo directs the All-Star Choir of Westmoreland County during the 2016 Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra 'Home for the Holidays' concert in Greensburg's Palace Theatre.
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Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
Alfred Simeone (left) of Murrysville and Geneo Simeone of Baldwin pose for a photo at the annual Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra 'Home for the Holidays' concert held at the Palace Theatre in Greensburg on Saturday evening, Dec. 17, 2016.

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.

— Shirley McMarlin

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