Santa will make concert appearance, live box office during Light Up Night Nov. 17 at New Castle News office

NEW CASTLE, Pa. – The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra continues its celebration of performances at the Scottish Rite Cathedral with a special seasonal tradition: a concert of favorite carols and holiday music.

The Holiday Pops! Concert, at which Santa Claus will make an appearance, will begin at 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec.9. The concert is part of the 2011-2012 Columbia Gas Symphony Series at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in New Castle.

PSO Resident Conductor Lawrence Loh will lead the orchestra in a program that features soprano Katy Williams as guest soloist.

Tickets, ranging from $16-$59, can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office toll-free at 1.800.743.8560, or by visiting the PSO online at Group tickets also are available. Call 412.392.4819 for more information.

The PSO will sell tickets, starting at 11 a.m., at a portable box office during New Castle’s Light Up Night on Thursday, Nov. 17. The portable box office will be at the offices of New Castle News, 27 North Mercer St.

As part of the Education Program developed for the community, a special package for families with children up to high-school age is available. Children may get free tickets if accompanied by a parent when the parent purchases a $17 ticket. Both the free ticket and tickets for the parents will be available at the PSO’s portable box office on Nov. 17 or by calling  412.392.4819. Also, pre-concert dinners at the Scottish Rite Cathedral begin at 6 p.m. before each concert. Call 724.654.6683 for reservations.

The program for this popular concert will include selections from The Nutcracker, a suite from The Polar Express, Hanukkah Festival Overture, Carol of the Bells, Winter Wonderland, as well as sing-alongs of well-known carols.

The PSO would like to recognize and thank Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania for its title sponsorship of this series.

Katy Williams has performed extensively in the Pittsburgh area with organizations such as the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Opera, Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Opera Theater, River City Brass Band and Pittsburgh Concert Chorale. She was a featured soloist for several Pittsburgh Symphony Holiday Pops concert series and made her PSO classical debut in September 2005 with Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

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