(Seguin) -- Get ready to revel in a good old fashioned singalong as you ring in the holiday season with the Mid-Texas Symphony. Tickets are now on sale for this Sunday's Holiday Concert at Texas Lutheran University's Jackson Auditorium.
MTS Executive Director C.J. Washington says if you aren't in the holiday spirit, then you will be following Sunday afternoon's performance.
"It's always a great time. We do tons of, of course, Christmas music, some fabulous oldies but goodies. We are doing the sing-a-longs. We've got Away in the Manager and It Came Upon a Midnight Clear -- fabulous old timey Christmas songs. We are also do Anderson's Sleigh Ride and other fabulous Christmas offerings. We are doing some serious Christmas music. The Nutcracker Suite No.1 which is going to include the overture and the march and the Sugar Plums and the waltzes just a fabulous orchestral piece is always incredibly popular at the holidays. We are doing some serious -- one very serious piece it's Holst's Dargason from St. Paul's Suite. You may not know the name but you will definitely know when the piece plays," said Washington.
MTS officials say they are especially excited about this particular concert. Washington says not only is it one of their favorite concerts of the year, but a pair of locals have been called up to help celebrate the season. Washington says it's not everyday that you get to pair up a local radio personality with the director of the high school band.
"We are doing T’was the Night Before Christmas -- the fabulous Christmas poem by Clement Clarke Moore. And, I don't know if you know this but your very own (KWED and Seguin Daily News General Manager) Darren Dunn is the narrator for this piece. Stan Mauldin who is our Seguin High School band director, as you well know, is our conductor for the holiday concert. We are super excited about that. He brings an energy and a lot more because he is a band guy, we've got a lot more brass in our holiday concert this year -- four saxophones. I'm so excited about that," said Washington.
Washington says Mauldin brings a wealth of music experience to the stage. She says this is the third year that he has served as the director of the Seguin High School Band. Dunn is also a local supporter of the professional symphony and serves as the general manager of Seguin Radio KWED and the Seguin Daily News.
Also joining Sunday's concert will be approximately 100 elementary school choir students from New Braunfels. Each year, the MTS rotates the holiday performance between New Braunfels and Seguin ISD students. The students are under the direction of NBISD Elementary Music Coordinator Cathy Clark.
The concert gets underway at 4 p.m. Sunday at TLU's Jackson Auditorium. Tickets begin at $15 a person. Tickets can be purchased online at www.mtsymphony.org.