The Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Music Director and Conductor Dr. William LaRue Jones, presents its holiday concert, “Ottumwa Merry & Bright” on Sunday, Dec. 11 at 3 p.m. at Bridge View Center. It will be a festive occasion sure to put you in the Christmas Spirit, which includes soloists David Sharp and Diana Upton-Hill, as well as Premier Dance Center students, along with a special visit from Santa Claus, who will be handing out goody bags or gift bags to young members of the audience.

 The concert opens with A Christmas Festival by Leroy Anderson, followed by Tintinnabulations by Katherine Punwar and Sleigh Ride by Leroy Anderson. David Sharp is then featured saxophone soloist in Christmas Song by Wells and Torme. T.I. Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Ballet, featuring dancers from Premier Dance Center follows.  The concert continues with Greensleeves by R. Vaughan Williams, arranged by David Stone, then two selections featuring soloist Diana Upton-Hill singing Merry Christmas, Darling by Pooler & Carpenter and Little Drummer Boy by Katherine Davis, both arranged by Justin Hill.  The concert finale is A Most Wonderful Christmas arranged by R. Sheldon.

 David Sharp is a free-lance saxophonist and woodwind specialist who has performed extensively throughout the United States; he had performed with several renown jazz and pop artists including the Woody Herman Orchestra, Mel Torme, Aretha Franklin, Lou Rawls, Rod Stewart, and Shirley Jones among others, and had been a leader of several jazz big bands and has performed in pit orchestras of several Broadway touring shows. He presently serves as Professor of Instrumental Music and Jazz at Indian Hills Community College and Associated Conductor of the Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra.

Diana Upton-Hill is a Billboard charting nationally recognized recording and touring artist. Trained classically (Indian Hills ‘03, Truman State ’05 and ’07), Diana’s style is multi-faceted, and her appeal spans nearly all ages and genres. She has appeared with numerous symphony orchestras, starred in regional and professional theatre productions, and opened for acts like The Oak Ridge Boys.  Her single “Southern Gentlemen” produced by Grammy and CMA award winner Bryan White, reached the Top 30 and garnered eight weeks on the Billboard music charts.  Diana is dedicating her performance with OSO to her former music educators, many of whom continue to dedicate their lives to making the world a better place through music and the arts.

 Tickets are on sale at the Bridge View Center Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.,, or at the door on day of show. K-12 students and Indian Hills students are admitted free with student I.D.  All proceeds assist the Ottumwa Symphony.

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