ASHTABULA — The Ashtabula Area Orchestra will host its 25th annual Christmas Concert with a pair of weekend performances in Ashtabula and Jefferson. 

The Orchestra will perform 7 p.m. Saturday at the Lakeside Performing Arts Center, 6600 Sanborn Road, Ashtabula and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Jefferson Area High School Auditorium, 207 W. Mulberry St., Jefferson.

Dubbed “Silver Bells — Ashtabula Area Orchestra’s 25th annual Christmas Concert,” these family-friendly concerts will feature orchestral Christmas and holiday musical favorites, including “White Christmas,” “Sleigh Ride” and a special performance of “O Holy Night” by vocalist Kade Meredith.

Meredith is a 2017 graduate of Crestview High School, and he said he is excited to perform with the Ashtabula Area Orchestra. He said singing has always been his passion and it will be a major part of his future career plans.

“I love being around my family and friends and feel blessed to have their support in everything I do,” he said. “I am grateful for this opportunity to perform this weekend with the Orchestra.”

Tickets for this year’s concert are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $6 for students. Children 5 and younger are free. Tickets will be available at the door, but advance tickets are available at Carlisle’s Home in the Harbor store, Ashtabula; Ultimate Appearance, Ashtabula; Better-N-Bulk, Austinburg; and at the Jefferson High School office and LPAC Box Office.

On Saturday and Sunday, Orchestra board members will also be having a 50/50 raffle and a holiday raffle to win one of several well-stuffed Christmas gift bags. Raffle tickets can be purchased in the lobby, prior to the concerts and during intermissions. Proceeds will benefit the Orchestra and its community educational programs.

Founded in 1982 and performing under current Musical Director Tim Carlson, the Ashtabula Area Orchestra is celebrating its 36th concert season.

The non-profit, community orchestra is “for the benefit of student, professional and non-professional musicians and classical music lovers of all ages.”

For more information, contact Cheryl Dickson-Walker, president of the AAO Board of Directors, at 440-294-2431.

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