News From Terre Haute, Indiana

December 2, 2011

Symphony Orchestra to perform annual holiday concert

Special to the Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — The Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra will perform its annual holiday concert in Indiana State University’s Tilson Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

By popular demand, the orchestra will again perform “Little Drummer Boy,” featuring drummer Nick Stevens. A Sandi Patti song, “The Star of Bethlehem,”  was composed by guest artist, Rick Vale, who will sing his work with 8-year-old special guest, Megan Carpenter.

Other featured works include “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers,” “White Christmas,” “Festive Sounds of Hanukah,” and “Sleigh Ride.” There will also be an audience sing-along.

Carpenter also will perform “Jingle Bells” with the orchestra. Carpenter has been invited to sing for community functions in Indiana and Illinois and sings solos for her church and school programs. She is in third grade at Springville Elementary School, near Bedford. 

Vale began his music career in the Pacific Northwest where he performed as principal actor with several companies, including The Seattle Opera Company.  He has appeared throughout the Pacific Northwest, the Midwest and off-Broadway in New York. He also has performed vocal solos with symphony orchestras around the country. 

As a composer, his works have been performed by recording artists, symphonic orchestras, choirs and opera/ballet companies throughout the United States and the world: from Carnegie Hall to Novosibirsk, Siberia. Vale makes his home in Anderson.

Single tickets for this concert begin $18 for adults and $4 for youth/students. All tickets are available at the Hulman Center ticket office or at 1-800-745-3000.

Tilson Auditorium has an accessible drop-off location at the intersection of Seventh Street and Larry Bird Avenue. Accessible seats are sold with one free companion seat and are available through Ticketmaster outlets at (812) 234-2424 or online at

Discounted rates are available for groups of 10 or more by calling the symphony office at (812) 242-8476. 

The symphony also is offering patrons “Supper at the Symphony” beginning at 5:30 p.m. Call (812) 242-8476 for menu and reservations.

Established in 1926, the Terre Haute Symphony is the oldest professional orchestra in Indiana.