This year, we had five Christmas concerts in the greater Pittsburgh region and Weirton, WV.
Our first concert was at First Christian Church in Weirton, WV, on December 4. This was our 5th Christmas concert at this church, and we felt all welcomed by the audience. After the concert, the PMO joined the audience for a reception. It was great to get to talk to some of the audiences.
Our next concert was on December 5 at the PPG Wintergarden. The place was filled with light and people looking at the displays and enjoying the music. The venue provides a good opportunity for the PMO to introduce its music to people who have not heard us before.
We then had a private performance at Concordia Lutheran Ministries. This was our third performance at this retirement home, and we had a large enthusiastic audience again. We feel honored to be asked to return to Concordia.
We then performed at St. John’s Lutheran Church on December 11. We were all excited to play our holiday concert in our rehearsal home.
Our last Christmas concert was at our former rehearsal location, Mifflin Avenue United Methodist Church. We were happy to be back with old friends in this beautiful church
In addition to the PMO, which performed many familiar Christmas carols and other Holiday tunes, this year’s Christmas Concerts featured three small ensembles, The Gordon Neidinger Trio with EmilyMohr performed a bluegrass holiday standard “Christmas Time’s A-Comin” by Benjamin "Tex" Logan. The Riversong String Ensemble performed "Bring a Torch, Jeannette, Isabella", "Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth", and "Soul Cake." And, the Ishizakis played an English carol “What Child is This?” by William Chatterton Dix.
In addition, a highlight of this year’s concert was the PGHMO Singers, a group of orchestra members and a few of their family members, who sang Christmas carols with the orchestra.