December 12, 2017
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
About 100 members of the local community enjoyed an afternoon of music by members and friends of the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, December 10 at Mount Saint Mary College’s Celebration of the Season Holiday Concert.
Concertgoers were greeted by Dr. David Kennett, Mount Saint Mary College President, and Joseph Valenti, vice president of Advancement. The concert featured holiday favorites such as “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” “Jingle Bells,” “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” and “Oh Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah.”
In addition to the fun, festive tunes, the celebration featured Christmas and Hanukkah poems read by local community members:
- “The Christmas Tree,” a poem by Robert William Service, read by Patricia Kurucz Larkin
- “Navidad en Belen” (“Christmas in Bethlehem”), a traditional Spanish Christmas poem, read by Karen Mejia and Jerry Maldonado
- “Hanukkah Lights” a poem by P.M. Raskin, read by Charles E. Frankel
- “Gift of the Magi,” the classic Christmas story by O. Henry, ready by Julia Wheeler ’20, a Mount Saint Mary College Psychology major
Those in attendance showed their great generosity through donating food items to the Mount Saint Mary College Campus Ministry. More than 60 items were collected, which will be donated to families in need in the local community this holiday season.