Celebrate the Season! With the MSO
at MC on Sunday, Dec. 4
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The Manchester Symphony Orchestra will tune to the sounds of winter for
its Sunday, Dec. 4, concert, “Celebrate the Season! With the MSO.” And,
for a special treat, the Manchester Symphony Society has invited a
Chicago jazz ensemble to the stage for a fun interpretation of a holiday
classic, The Nutcracker Suite No. 1.
The performances begin at 3 p.m. Dec. 4 in Cordier Auditorium on the
Manchester College campus. Tickets are $5; reservations are not
The concert is all about the holiday season. “The audience will hear
musical depictions of teeth chattering and wind blowing,” promises
orchestra Director Suzanne Gindin.
The first section of the concert highlights violinist Jessie Bennett of
Goshen, who will solo with the 45-member orchestra from Wabash County
and Manchester College. Bennett, a violin instructor at Goshen College,
won the Fort Wayne Young Artists Competition when she was in high
school. Next comes the vocals of guest soprano Tammie Huntington, a
doctoral student in voice at Ball State University and member of the
Grace College faculty.
After intermission, the concert will jazz up with a blend of Pyotr
Tchaikovsky and Duke Ellington. The audience will hear each movement of
The Nutcracker Suite No. 1 ballet twice: once by the
symphony and once by a small jazz band from Chicago assembled especially
for the concert.
“I saw the Chicago Symphony do this several years ago ... it really
highlights the genius of Ellington and how he heard the music,” Gindin
The MSO began its season series Oct. 30 with “The Nature of Music,” and
will present a “Spring Fling” of Italian music on April 30, 2006, in
Honeywell Center, Wabash. In between, the MSO will highlight area high
school talent with “Casey at the Bat,” on March 5 in Cordier Auditorium,
For more information about the MSO and the Manchester Symphony Society,
including membership opportunities, visit