Concert goers were truly ''Walking in a Winter Wonderland'' when they braved the first snowstorm of the season to attend the debut holiday concert of The Albee Theater's Mighty Wurlitzer. The event took place on December 16,2010, in the Music Hall Ballroom.
The concert featured theater organ virtuoso, Jelani Eddington, with a special guest appearance of the School for the Creative and Performing Arts Children's Choir. Mr. Eddington opened with ''Sleigh Ride'', a bounding, festive piece, which showcased the Mighty Wurlitzer in all her glory. Complete with sleigh bells, and percussive trotting hooves, the Wurlitzer's melodic power entranced the audience, young and old, and evoked the wintry landscape outside Music Hall.
The evening's program, which Mr. Eddington announced from the stage, featured a selection of holiday orchestral music, including ''Ave Maria'', ''Parade of the Wooden Soldiers'', ''What Child is This'' (Greensleeves) and a beautiful medley of traditional English carols.
The special guest performance of the SCPA choir added a joyful element to the program. Accompanied by piano and led by Laurie Wyant, the 4th-6th graders entertained the sold out crowd with a variety of jolly holiday headgear - antlers and Santa hats to name a few - and wide smiles as they sang a delightful program of classic holiday favorites.
During the second half of the show Mr. Eddington was joined by the SCPA choir and special guest, Santa Claus, to lead the audience in a rousing carol sing-a-long.
Despite the snow storm that hit the night before, the Ballroom was filled to capacity for the evening performance. ''We were thrilled with the turn out, in spite of the weather,'' noted Don Siekmann, President of the Society for the Preservation of Music Hall, which presented the concert. ''We honored tickets from the morning concert so as many patrons as possible could enjoy this unique holiday experience.''
Writers: Lisa Allison and David Allison
Special Thanks to Philip Groshong, Philip Groshong Photography for photographs.