Pictured is Mark Alan Wade, special guest artist at the Central Ohio Symphony’s annual holiday concerts. Wade is a former Marysville resident and a Marysville High School graduate. (Photo submitted)
The Central Ohio Symphony’s holiday concert will feature a Marysville talent this year.
The Symphony’s annual holiday concerts will feature special guest musician Mark Alan Wade, a former Marysville resident and Marysville High School alumnus.
The concerts, conducted by Music Director Jaime Morales-Matos, will be presented at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15 in Gray Chapel on the campus of Ohio Wesleyan.
Wade is a national hammered dulcimer champion and will be performing with the orchestra and as a soloist on the hammered dulcimer.
He is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and the Ohio State University, from where he holds a doctoral degree in trumpet performance. He has also taught at Denison University.
He will be performing “Good King Wenceslas,” arranged for orchestra and hammered dulcimer by Wade, his arrangement of “Le Coucou,” premiered by Wade and the Central Ohio Symphony in 1998, and Streams of Mercy, a Hymnsong Suite.
“Every year we try to bring new elements, while keeping traditional holiday music in our program,” Symphony Executive Director Warren W. Hyer said. “This year is no exception to bring the amazing talent of Mark Alan Wade back to central Ohio.”
Also this year will be a performance of “The Night Before Christmas,” narrated by central Ohio actor Jack McDaniel and singer Bella Bosco. The piece includes Christmas carols for the audience to sing along with.
Additional works will include Leroy Anderson’s “Christmas Festival,” “Die Feldermaus Overture” by Strauss, Anderson’s “Sandpaper Ballet, for sandpaper blocks,” “Sleigh ride” and other favorite holiday works.
As is the custom of conductor Morales-Matos, the concert will end with “Radetzky March” by Johann Strauss to ring in the new year.
More information about tickets may be found at www.centralohiosymphony.org or by calling the Symphony at 740-362-1799.
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