The Johnstown Symphony Orchestra will be offering four concerts this year on Saturday December 5th in a program performed by their four percussionists entitled“Comfort and Joy.” All concerts will take place outdoors on Saturday December 5th, with performances at 10:00 and 11:15 am at the Johnstown Gazebo in Central Park, and at 2:30 and 4pm on the steps of the Somerset Court House in Somerset, PA. The concerts will be approximately 30 minutes in length, and while free-will donations will be accepted, all concerts will be free of charge as a gift to the community. Per Pennsylvania CDC guidelines, masks and distancing are required.
The four percussionists will offer a joyful program of Christmas favorites. All four members of the JSO are thrilled to share this program with the community, and two are residents of Somerset County: Percussionists Andrew Ferdig, Mike Vatavuk, and Justin Gingrich, and Principal Timpanist Ron Horner.
Music Director James Blachly says, “our Joy of Christmas concerts have become a truly beloved tradition with our community, and while are not able to perform inside our concert hall this year,we wanted to make sure to bring our music to the region at this magical time of year. The music that our percussion ensemble will bring to our audience will bring both the joy of Christmas, and comfort in this uncertain and difficult time. I am thrilled with what the group has put together, from familiar chestnuts like the Nutcracker and favor carols to The Twelve Days of Christmas, and this concert will be ideally suited for all ages. While we can assure you that the music will warm your spirit, we do recommend that everyone dress appropriately for the weather.”
Executive Director Jessica Satava says,“We can’t wait to be out with our community again and we’re confident the comfort and warmth of holiday music will be just what we all need to lift spirits despite the cold temperatures. It’s especially fun to present these concerts in the downtowns of both Johnstown and Somerset where we hope that folks will patronize the surrounding local businesses for their holiday shopping before or after enjoying some festive music with our excellent percussion ensemble! Bundle up and come out to enjoy this with us!”