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December 5, 2013

‘Celebrate the Holidays’ Dec. 7 with Terre Haute Symphony and Solly Burton

Two-time Winfield National Mandolin Champion Solly Burton will play popular carols with the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at Tilson Auditorium. The program also will include the Rose-Hulman Chorus, directed by Daniel Tryon. Mayor Duke Bennett will narrate the Clement C. Moore classic poem, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas while the orchestra plays.

Opening with everyone’s favorite, “Sleigh Ride,” the concert will include a jazzy “Frosty All the Way,” a sing-along, “Festive Sounds of Hanukah,” and the group’s own take on “Bugler’s Holiday,” which they have titled “BuNgler’s Holiday!!” Solly Burton will perform “Christmas Time Is Here,” “Go Tell It on the Mountain,” “Angels We Have Heard on High,” an up-tempo “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and more.

The Rose-Hulman Choir will sing “Star Carol,” “Shepherd’s Pipe Carol,” and “Star Carol” by John Rutter. This year’s concert will also feature the most-requested holiday selection, “Little Drummer Boy,” starring Nick Stevens on drumset with Eric Schantz on electric bass and Burton on mandolin.

Prior to the concert, audience members can attend Concert Conversations with David Bowden in the Heritage Ballroom. The free talk begins at 6:45 and will include a discussion with Bowden, Bennett and Burton about the music of the evening.

Tickets can be purchased at, or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Prices begin at $5 for pre-school through college youth/students and $20 for adults. Discounted group rates are available for groups of 10 or more also by calling the Hulman Center Ticket Office at 812-237-3737.

The Tilson drop-off location is at  Seventh Street and Larry Bird Avenue. Accessible seats are sold with one free companion seat and are available through the Hulman Center Ticket Office.

Established in 1926, the Terre Haute Symphony is the oldest professional orchestra in Indiana. Each year, THSO offers the community a series of five concerts in a wide variety of styles and two free children’s concerts for regional school systems.

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