• Special to the Leader & Times
The Southwest Symphony Society orchestra will present its Holiday Concert “An Americana Christmas” at 7 p.m. Friday at the Seward County Community College/Area Technical School Theater under the direction of Grant Mathews. The talented group of local string musicians will play a blend of patriotic and traditional Christmas music. Refreshments will be served and admission is a free-will donation.
“I’ve been working on a theme this past year to highlight from American composers,” Mathews said. “I think this is a great way to introduce a wide variety of music to both our local musicians and our audience.”
The concert will include “American Salute” by Morton Gould; “Stars and Stripes Forever,” by John Phillip Sousa; and “Star Spangled Banner” as well as a tribute to Lewis Armstrong entitled “Stachmo”; excerpts from “Rhapsody in Blue” and the classic “White Christmas.”
“We’ll be playing 14 to 15 pieces, so expect a full concert,” Mathews said. “We are excited to be focusing on American composers this year, so I think people will enjoy hearing some old favorites and discovering some new pieces.”
The Southwest Symphony Society is a Liberal non-profit organization dedicated to promoting classical and contemporary music in the community utilizing the talents of local and professional musicians. For more information about the concert or the Southwest Symphony Society, call 629-0203.