The 4th Annual Wurlitzer Holiday Concert brought a sold-out crowd to the Music Hall Ballroom on Thursday, December 12, to hear seasonal favorites. Award-winning organist Walt Strony performed at the keys of the Mighty Wurlitzer. Strony, who has been twice voted ''Organist of the Year'' by the American Theatre Organ Society, closed the concert with a ''sing-along'' medley, which included ''Silent Night,'' ''Joy to the World,'' and Handel's ''Hallelujah Chorus.''
Strony was joined by ballet dancers from the Cincinnati Ballet Otto M. Budig Academy, and by singer Lynne Scott. Lynne stepped in for her dear friend and Cincinnati favorite songstress Mary Ellen Tanner, who, for personal reasons, needed to cancel her appearance.
SPMH president Don Siekmann welcomed the crowd, and acknowledged Music Hall Electrician Gary Kidney for his excellent lighting design work in decorating the Ballroom for this festive occasion. As seating is all on floor level, audience members in seats toward the back could enjoy the concert on two screens which flanked the organ.
Before intermission, Siekmann recognized Ron Wehmeier, the artist/technician who completely refurbished the Wurlitzer. Wehmeier, who continues to work to keep the Wurlitzer looking and sounding excellent, graciously offered tours of the backstage workings of the organ to interested audience members.
Medley: ''Jingle Bells'' and ''We Need a Little Christmas''
''Under the Christmas Mistletoe''
''The Little Drummer Boy''
Lynne Scott: ''The Christmas Waltz,'' ''I'll Be Home for Christmas'' and ''Let It Snow''
Medley including ''March of the Wooden Soldiers'' and ''Waltz of the Flowers'' from The Nutcracker
With Dancers from the Otto M. Budig Academy: ''Russian Dance'' and ''Pas de Deux'' from The Nutcracker
Medley: ''Winter Wonderland,'' ''The Chipmunk Song'' and ''Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer''
Lynne Scott: ''The Christmas Song''
Santa Claus: ''Jingle Bells''
Medley/Sing along: ''O Come, All Ye Faithful,'' ''Deck the Halls,'' ''Silent Night,'' ''Joy to the World,'' and Handel's ''Hellelujah Chorus''