Series of holiday concerts featuring area youth on tap for Sunday

Published: Friday, December 7, 2012 at 5:20 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, December 7, 2012 at 5:20 p.m.

Area middle and high school musicians will spread the holiday spirit Sunday as the Alachua County Youth Orchestra presents its annual Winter Concert.


If You Go

What: The Alachua County Youth Orchestra will participate in the Holiday Traditions/Stop Children's Cancer Benefit Concert.
When: 4 p.m. Sunday
Where: Phillips Center for the Performing Arts; Hull Road and Southwest 34th Street.
Price: $12 for adults, $6 for children. There are also VIP tickets available. Tickets can be purchased from Stop Children's Cancer

What: ACYO Winter Concert
When: 7:30 p.m. Sunday
Where: Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Price: Free

The free concert starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. About 80 students have rehearsed weekly throughout the year for a show that will feature holiday music and classical pieces.

Gary Langford, University of Florida professor emeritus and conductor of the orchestra, said he has loved working with the students during the 16 years he has been involved with the program.

“It’s a lot of different kids, and it’s extremely rewarding,” he said.

The orchestra will play holiday songs such as “Jingle Bells Forever” and “Polar Express,” as well as others including “Allerseelen” by Richard Strauss and “Overture to the Wasps” by Ralph Vaughan Williams.

The orchestra also is playing at a performance earlier in the afternoon, at 4 p.m., as part of the annual Holiday Traditions Concert held by local nonprofit Stop Children’s Cancer.

Langford conducts the orchestra as well as four choirs that participate in the performance, which benefits children’s cancer research.

Choirs from The Villages Charter High School, P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School and Sante Fe High School, along with the Gainesville Youth Chorus, will perform.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under. There will be a VIP reception after the show that will feature live jazz music, catering from Carrabba’s Italian Grill and a wine bar. VIP tickets, which include preferred seating for the show, are $30 or two for $50.

According to a news release, the orchestra has been in existence for more than 40 years. The Winter Concert is one of two free concerts performed annually by the orchestra.

Contact Joey Flechas at 338-3166 or

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