Symphony stages holiday shows

The New Albany Symphony Orchestra will perform seasonal selections at two upcoming concerts, one of which is sensory-friendly. 

“Santa and the Symphony” will take place at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 16. Symphony musicians and vocalists from Center Stage Singers and Opera Columbus will perform classics such as “Frosty the Snowman,” “O Holy Night,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Sleigh Ride” and “White Christmas.” Audience members are invited to sing along.

The concert is part of NASO’s sensory-friendly Saturday at the Symphony series, which is funded by a grant from PNC Arts Alive and designed for families with young children as well as individuals on the autism spectrum or with Alzheimer’s or dementia. In addition to the hourlong concert, attendees can visit with Santa Claus, make a craft and visit the instrument “petting zoo.” Tickets, $8, are available in advance and at the door. 

The following day, NASO will perform its annual Holiday Spectacular, again with vocalists from Center Stage Singers and Opera Columbus. The concert begins at 3 p.m. Dec. 17. Advance tickets are $16 to $24.

Both performances will be conducted by Luis Biava and take place in the Schottenstein Center of the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts, 100 W. Dublin-Granville Road, New Albany. For more information, go to