November 22, 2014

Standish-Sterling Central to host East Shore Wind Symphony holiday concert

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STANDISH — Local residents will have the opportunity to hear a variety of Christmas music, courtesy of the Northeast Michigan Arts Council and the East Shore Wind Symphony.

The group is scheduled to perform its final concert of its premier season, “A Holiday Concert: Yuletide Traditions,” at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19, at the Standish-Sterling Central High School Performing Arts Center. The group’s artistic director, Doug Burtch, said there are about 50 musicians in the group, and members are scheduled to have four rehearsals before each concert.

Burtch said the concert is going to be centered on traditional holiday favorites.

“It’s a pretty big concert,” he said “Most of it will be recognizable to people.”

One of the guests at the concert, Burtch said, is Harrison native Amy Petrongelli, who is a soprano and currently a Master of Music Performance Degree candidate in voice at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. Petrongelli is scheduled to join the group in a performance of “Ave Maria” by Franz Schubert.

Burtch said he met Petrongelli while they were both students at Central Michigan University.

“Amy is an extremely talented soprano,” he said. “We are just delighted to have her come and perform with the group.”

In addition to Petrongelli, guest tenor Devin Chisholm is also scheduled to perform a couple of solos, and The Arenac Choraleers, a 65-member community choir, are also scheduled to make an appearance at the concert.

Burtch said Chisholm is a minister at the Standish United Methodist Church, and added that he has worked with Chisholm in the past.

“I found him to be fantastic,” he said.

He added that the Arenac Choraleers started in 1976 by Maynard King, the longtime choral director at Standish High School who later became the school’s principal. Burtch said the Choraleers are comprised of performers from Arenac, Bay, and Iosco counties.

“They are a cultural gem for northeastern Michigan,” he said.

A reception is scheduled to take place in the commons area of the high school, where audience members will have a chance to meet and greet the musicians. In addition, Santa Claus is expected to make an appearance to meet with the children in the audience.

Admission is $4 for adults and $3 for children. For more information, contact the North East Michigan Arts Council at 989-846-9331.

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