Published on November 16, 2023, 4:28 pm

Stetson University’s Symphony Orchestra will be delivering a delightful holiday performance in downtown Mount Dora on December 2nd. Titled “Holiday Symphony,” the concert will take place at Donnelly Park starting at 4:30 p.m. Attendees can revel in the seasonal light display, featuring over two million vibrant lights, that will illuminate both the park and the historic downtown area during the second half of the performance.

Under an open-air tent in Donnelly Park, the Symphony Orchestra will captivate the audience with their enchanting renditions of Schumann’s “Symphony No. 4” and Tchaikovsky’s beloved “Nutcracker Suite.” Additionally, Stetson’s Voice Professor Karen Coker-Merritt will grace the stage with her rendition of “Rejoice Greatly, O Daughter of Zion” from Handel’s “Messiah.”

The concert is free to attend, but concertgoers are encouraged to contribute by bringing an unwrapped toy for a Toys for Tots drive. Feel free to bring chairs, blankets, and even your own picnic if desired. For those unable to attend in person, WKMG Channel 6 will be livestreaming the event on their website.

Donnelly Park is located at 530 N. Donnelly St. in Mount Dora. To find out more details about this splendid event, visit the City of Mount Dora’s official website.

Stetson University boasts an impressive Symphony Orchestra comprising nearly 70 talented students. These musicians have showcased their skills not only for renowned institutions like the Orlando Opera Company but also as members of esteemed orchestras such as the Orlando Symphony Orchestra and Jacksonville Symphony among others throughout Florida.

The orchestra has even embarked on European tours and performed in Italy last spring. Their repertoire includes masterpieces by revered composers like Brahms, Beethoven, Dvořák, Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, and Copland, illuminating audiences with the beauty of classical music.

Leading this talented ensemble is Conductor Anthony Hose. His musical journey began at a young age, playing the piano at three and giving his first recital by six. He honed his craft at prestigious institutions such as the Royal College of Music in London and the Salzburg Mozarteum. Having worked with orchestras and opera companies worldwide, Hose has conducted over 250 performances for the Welsh National Opera. Prior to assuming the role of Director of Orchestras at Stetson University, he held teaching positions at the Royal College of Music and Royal Academy of Music in London.

This holiday concert promises to be a spectacle of joyous melodies and festive atmosphere. Be sure to mark your calendars for Stetson University’s Symphony Orchestra’s “Holiday Symphony” on December 2nd at Donnelly Park in Mount Dora. Join in on the merriment while supporting a great cause by contributing to Toys for Tots. It will truly be a remarkable experience filled with enchanting music and holiday spirit.


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