The Baytown Symphony Orchestra is proud to present “A Christmas Sleigh Ride” this December — a concert made possible by Kay and Jay Eshbach. 

The Christmas concert will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 at Lee College’s Performing Arts Center. 

“Through the special generosity of local philanthropist Jay Eshbach and Kay Eshbach of a $5,000 matching fund started last April, total funding related to this project of about $18,000 was raised for this performance,” David Corder, BSO founder, said. “Many thanks to the Eshbach’s from the board, musicians of the Baytown Symphony, friends, parents and children of Baytown’s music-loving public for this special gift.” 

The Baytown Symphony Orchestra concert is fun for the whole family and a great way to celebrate the holiday season. 

Come early for Christmas bell music presented by Memorial Baptist Church Bell Ringers at 6:45 p.m. 

The concert will include guest artists Susanna Campbell (harpist) and Lee College professor John Weinel (tenor soloist). 

Music performed at the concert will include “Sleigh Ride,” “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” “A Christmas Festival,” “Greensleeves,” “Morceau de Concert” for harp and orchestra, and from Berlioz’s Oratorio L’enfance du Christ (The Childhood of Christ), the aria “le Resposed la Sainte famile.” 

Guest artist Campbell is a passionate and experienced music educator and performer in Houston. Campbell is principal harpist with the Central Texas Philharmonic and founding member of Aurora and Shoso duo. In addition to performing, she maintains a private harp and piano studio, teaches music classes at Lone Star College, on faculty at Houston Summer Harp Festival as well as Stephen F. Austin State University and is music director at King’s Cross in Cypress.

Guest artist Weinel is an active performer who has appeared with a variety of companies in the Houston Area. He also has performed with the Woodlands Symphony, Kingwood Musical Arts Society, Texas Masters Chorale, Moores School of Music, Seagle Music Colony, Amarillo Opera and Lone Star Lyric opera. Weinel has several recordings released under Newport Classics. He is also the director of voice studies at Lee College and a chorister with Houston Grand opera and the music director at Hosanna Lutheran Church.

General admission tickets may be purchased at the Performing Arts Center Box Office. Call 281-425-6255 or contact www.lee.edu/secure/pac-ticketing, or www.baytownsymphony.com for a link to the ticket office. 

Student tickets are free at the box office before the concert.   

 

 

 

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