Monday, December 07, 2009

Once More about the concert

Seasonal organ and brass, arias and sing-along music highlight Dec. 12 concert

            The Gig Harbor Peninsula Symphony Orchestra (GHPSO) announces its annual Holiday Concert program for 7 p.m., Saturday, December 12, at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 7701 Skansie Avenue in Gig Harbor. The festive event includes popular local organist Jeff Orr, a brass quartet, soprano Meg Daly and a seasonal sing-along.  
            “Our program will feature soprano Meg Daly, offering selected arias from Handel’s “Messiah” and the return of Jeff Orr,” states GHPSO Artistic Director Louie Labayen. “Orr will present Charpentier’s Te Deum along with other festive music for organ and brass that will feature GHPSO brass musicians Manny Garcia and Dan Whitmarsh on trumpet, Vince Young on French horn and Paul Casely on trombone.
            A suggested donation of $5 per child, $10 per adult and $25 per family will benefit the orchestra but admission is free. Childcare will also be available by donation. Refreshments will follow the performance.
            The GHPSO season of “Musical Interludes” will continue with the annual with the Valentine’s Concert on February 13, built around Mozart’s Grand Partita. St. John’s Episcopal will also host this event.
            Labayen notes that GHPSO’s new season, like those of many orchestras across the country, is one contracted by current economic factors, looking to reinvent their community programs and test new models for sustainability. Committed to keeping the music alive in Gig Harbor, Labayen spent the summer planning what was possible with reduced funding and fewer musicians.
            GHPSO, founded in 2005 to bring great music on a professional level to the Gig Harbor, Key and Lower Peninsula areas, is a 501(c)3 non-profit. The group receives significant sponsorship from the Gig Harbor Arts Commission, HarborStone Credit Union, MultiCare Health System, St. John’s Episcopal Church and other private donors. More musicians and volunteers are sought.
            For more information on GHPSO, call (253) 238-6035 or go to

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