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The Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra will treat the community to a free concert of holiday music at 7 p.m. Dec. 7. The traditional concert will be given in the Betty Ehart Senior Center.
Don Gerheart will conduct the program. For him, the music is “familiar, lively and fun.” Included will be “A Christmas Festival” and “Sleigh Ride” — both favorites by LeRoy Anderson. The music will swing with a jazz beat in “A Swingin’ Holiday” and will rock with “Christmas Rocks At The Pops.” The audience will have a chance to participate in a sing-along of familiar Christmas tunes.
Gerheart is no stranger to conducting Los Alamos ensembles. For 26 years, he has directed bands in various Los Alamos schools. He also directed seven shows for the Los Alamos Light Opera. He said standing on the podium and conducting is what he likes best.
The Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra is made up primarily of adults in the community. Enhancing the group for this concert will be five violinists, two violists and two cellists — all Los Alamos High School students that recently qualified for the All State Orchestra. Some of these students will be playing beside one of their parents, who plays regularly in the orchestra.
Members of the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra hope that the community will enjoy the presentation, which will help kick off the holiday season.
A special attraction will be a free drawing. Tickets will be handed out at the concert and the “lucky” winner will have the opportunity to take the baton and lead the orchestra in a well-known tune.