''Happy Holidays with the Mighty Wurlitzer''

Music Hall Ballroom sparkled for two performances of SPMH's second annual ''Happy Holidays with the Mighty Wurlitzer'' on Thursday, December 15, 2011. Acclaimed theatre organist Ken Double performed holiday favorites. He was joined by the popular Kinderchor from Fairview-Clifton German Language School in both sections of the program.

Don Siekmann, SPMH President, and Ken Double at Wurlitzer Holiday concert, Ballroom, Music Hall, Dec2011

SPMH President Don Siekmann welcomed the audience at both the morning and evening performances and introduced Double, who opened with a medley featuring ''It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year'' and ''Let It Snow''. Between numbers, Double singled out the organ and highlighted its features, including the capability to accent performances with bells, cymbols and glockenspiel -- all of which are featured in many holiday songs. In addition to other holiday favorites, Double performed ''When You Walked Into My Life'' and ''Let There Be Peace On Earth''.

In the first half of the program, Kinderchor Director Bjorn E. Knudsen led the children through Holiday favorites such as ''O Tannenbaum'', a Christmas carol of German origin, ''Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht'', ''Abendlied'', and ''Still, Still, Still''. In the second half, students and holiday favorites in English, including ''Frosty, the Snowman'', ''Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer'', and ''Here Comes Santa Claus'' -- all of which were used to introduce those characters to the audience.

the Wurlitzer Holiday concert, Ballroom, Music Hall, Dec2011 Gary Kidney, chief electrician for Music Hall, created a warm, intimate holiday setting with his lighting design, showcasing the organ, the performers, and the elegant hall itself. Ken Double, President and CEO of the American Theatre Organ Society, was making a return appearance at the Albee Mighty Wurlitzer, having performed for SPMH before the organ's inaugural concert in 2010.

SPMH thanks the performance sponsor, The Walter and Olivia Kiebach Charitable Foundation, and media partner WMKV.

Performance Song List

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Let It Snow
Mele Kalikimaka (sung by Double)
Medley: Mame, We Need a Little Christmas, When You Walked Into My Life
Do You Hear What I Hear?
Performed by the Kinderchor:
O Tannenbaum
Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht
Abendlied
Still, Still, Still
Winter Storm
Santa Baby
Sleigh Ride
Christmas Waltz
Silver Bells
Performed by the Kinderchor:
Joy to the World
Deck the Halls
Frosty the Snowman
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Here Comes Santa Claus
Let There Be Peace on Earth
Santa Claus is Coming to Town
I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas

RELATED INFORMATION

Read about and see photos from the 2010 Holiday concert


Fairview Clifton Kinderchor with Santa
The Fairview-Clifton Kinderchor sings with Santa

Mayu Braun with her mother-in-law Marge Braun
Mayu Braun with her mother-in-law Marge Braun

SPMH Vice President Marcella Hsiung with her husband Tony Lang
SPMH Vice President Marcella Hsiung with her husband Tony Lang

SPMH Vice President Marcella Hsiung with her husband Tony Lang
Barbara Bowman, SPMH co-founder, (left) and Maureen Dillon

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