The Southwestern Ohio Symphonic Band will perform its annual free holiday concert at Miami University Middletown 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2, in the Dave Finkelman Auditorium.
The concert will open the band's 40th season and celebrate the bands founder, William Stiehl, retired Middletown City Schools Fine Arts director. Stiehl will be the featured special guest conductor and lead the band in Leroy Anderson's Christmas Festival.
The band, conducted by Chris Brandenburg since 1984, will play "Second Suite in F" by Gustav Holst, "Horse and Buggy" by Leroy Anderson, "Christmas Showcase" by Ed Howard, and a holiday favorite - Leroy Anderson's "Sleigh Ride." The concert will feature Dan Nichols conducting "Old Comrades" by Carl Teike. Other selections include "Exaltations and Spine of the Devil."
Special guest soloist will be Middletown native Peter Norton, who serves as bass trombonist for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Norton is a former student of Stiehl's who played in the Middletown High School band and Southwestern Ohio Symphonic band while in high school. Norton will perform the "Rimsky Korsakov Concerto for Trombone" and "Military Band."
The Southwestern Ohio Symphonic Band currently features 90 musicians. Director Chris Brandenburg is the retired band director at Lakota West High School and former coordinator of instrumental music for the Lakota School District.
This event is free and open to the public. Donations to the band will be received at a reception following the concert.