Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


November 27, 2012

Gospel choir returns for holiday concert

The Merrimack Valley Philharmonic Orchestra and the Gospel Choir under the direction of Renese King will combine in concert for the orchestra’s upcoming holiday performance at Merrimack College.

King, who has been featured with the Boston Pops Orchestra and Tanglewood Festival Chorus, will join the orchestra to sing “Go Tell it on the Mountain” and “O Holy Night.” The performance is Dec. 2 at 2:30 p.m. at the Rogers Center for the Performing Arts, Merrimack College, off Route 114.

The concert will also feature student violinist and orchestra member Paul Cronin. He will be performing Pablo Sarasate’s Zigeunerweisen Opus 20, No. 1. Cronin has studied with violinist Matthew Green, and trained with renowned soloist Aaron Rosand, David Upham of University of New Hampshire, and Peter Sulski of the London Symphony.

Cronin has earned many honors, which include special recognition in the New Hampshire All State Music Festival and various regional music festivals. The orchestra will round out the concert by playing many family holiday favorites, a sing-a-long and the Hallelujah Chorus, according to the orchestra.

Preceding the concert, the doors will open at 1 p.m. for the orchestra’s 11th annual silent auction. The auction will be held through intermission and winners will be announced during the concert. Auction items may be paid for by cash or check only on the day of the concert.

Tickets available at the door or online by contacting the web site

Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and students, and $5 for children ages 4 to 12.

Seating is general admission.

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