Owensboro Symphony’s Holiday Concert Presents Spectacular Sounds Of The Season

OWENSBORO, KY –Celebrate the music of the holiday season in extravagant style on Saturday evening, December 15, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in Cannon Hall as Troy Quinn and the Owensboro Symphony pull out all the stops to make spirits bright. The holiday program will feature some of the most spectacular sounds of the season.

One of the best Symphony Choruses in the state is right here in Owensboro and these merry ladies and gentlemen will lend their superb vocalism to the festivities. Also joining the Symphony and Symphony Chorus will be the Owensboro Symphony Youth Orchestra.

“Troy Quinn, the Symphony and all of our special guests are sure to warm hearts and put the audience in a very merry holiday mood,” said Dan Griffith, CEO of the Owensboro Symphony. “We have programmed an evening of holiday music that will thrill audience members of every age. This is one of the regions favorite holiday family events and tickets sell quickly.”

Concert attendees are encouraged to join Troy Quinn in Cannon Hall from 6:15 to 6:40 p.m. for a special pre-concert conversation about the Holiday Pops performance.  This program, designed to enhance the concert experience, will provide insights into the music and music-makers performing on the program – go Behind the Music with Troy Quinn!



Dennis Jewett, Director

Celebrating its 46th Season during 2018, the Owensboro Symphony Chorus is a group of approximately 80 students, college faculty, and members of the community. The ensemble is under the direction of Dennis Jewett, Kentucky Wesleyan College Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Music. The Symphony Chorus is an all-volunteer ensemble that meets once a week and generally performs at least once during each academic semester.


Tom Stites, Conductor 

The Owensboro Symphony Youth Orchestra, founded in 1968, is a full symphonic ensemble comprised of approximately 60 young musicians drawn from communities throughout Western Kentucky and Southern Indiana. The Youth Orchestra provides serious young music students of high school age  with a unique pre-professional orchestral training experience. The Youth Orchestra is under the direction of Tom Stites, Coordinator of Fine Arts for the Owensboro Independent School System.


John Williams                        Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas from Home Alone

Traditional arr. Harris          God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

Bruce Broughton                    Main Title from Miracle on 34th Street

Piotr Tchaikovsky                  March of the Toy Soldiers from The Nutcracker

Piotr Tchaikovsky                  Trepak from The Nutcracker Suite

John Williams                        Star of Bethlehem from Home Alone

Georges Bizet                         Farandole from L’Arlesienne Suite No. 2

Alan Silvestri arr. Ballard   God Bless Us Everyone from A Christmas Carol


Traditional arr. Dragon       Deck the Hall

Traditional arr. Dragon       Carol of the Bells

Leroy Anderson                    Sleigh Ride

Alan Silvestri                         Suite from Polar Express

Leroy Anderson                    A Christmas Festival

Traditional arr. Fry             O Holy Night



A Very Merry Holiday Pops! is sponsored Aleris.

Aleris became one of the Owensboro Symphony’s first Corporate Concert Sponsors when the sponsorship program was first introduced in 1985. Aleris and the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra have proudly worked together over the years to bring wonderful performances to local audiences.

Additional support provided by: Hafer and Riley and John Hess. 



Tickets for the Owensboro Symphony’s December Holiday concert range from $42.50 to $52.50 (includes handling fee). Student tickets are $14.50 each. Tickets can be purchased by calling 270-687-2787 or through the RiverPark Center Box Office, located at 101 Daviess Street. The box office is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday,10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturday. The box office re-opens at 5:30 p.m. prior to the 7:00 p.m. performance.