Celebrate the Holidays With The Terre Haute Symphony

although, I’m quite familiar with the music from Messiah, we have a new arrangement of one of pieces that I’m looking forward to sharing.

The Terre Haute Symphony conducted by David Bowden presents “Celebrate the Holidays” Saturday, December 5, 2009 in Tilson Music Hall. The soloist for the evening will be Indiana State University faculty member, soprano Colleen Davis.

Colleen Davis comes from a musical family and although she denies “presiding over her family,” she is the wife of William Davis the director of the Indiana State University Symphony and the mother of two musical sons. In fact, one is a high school violinist who’ll be playing in the orchestra.

“The family I grew up in was very active musically and we sang a lot. Initially it was standards and show music, but gradually I focused more and more on the classical repertoire. However, I’m pleased that I do have a background in theatre and even dance to go with my vocal training, “added Davis.

The Terre Haute Symphony’s concert is quite varied. There are holiday favorites like “Sleigh Ride,”“The Christmas Song” and “the Little Drummer Boy” along with a medley from Handel’s Messiah and a set of Festive Sounds from Hannukah.

“There are actually a couple of pieces on the program that are new to me,” said Davis. One is “The Three Holy Kings from an Eastern Land.” It’s by Richard Strauss. And although, I’m quite familiar with the music from Messiah, we have a new arrangement of one of pieces that before had been only a recitative that I’m looking forward to sharing.”

“Celebrate the Holidays”

Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra

David Bowden, Music Director

Colleen Davis, Soprano

Saturday, December 5, 2009

George Walker

George Walker was born in Winchester, Virginia, and raised in Owl’s Head, Maine, and Valhalla, New York. After graduating from the University of Michigan, he came to Bloomington in 1966 and completed an M.A.T. degree in English at Indiana University. George began announcing for WFIU in 1967. Currently, along with regularly hosting classical music shows, he interviews artists in a wide variety of areas and reviews plays and operas. He’s the proud father of grown sons Ben Walker (and his wife Elise Katzif Walker) and Aaron Walker. In his time away from WFIU, George enjoys an active life with wife Carolyn Lipson-Walker, singing, reading, exercising and playing guitar.

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