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[Audio] Paducah Symphony Orchesta's 'A Christmas Celebration' Saturday Night

George Eldred speaks with Paducah Symphony Orchestra conductor Raffaele Ponti about this year’s A Christmas Celebration on Saturday at the Carson Center in Paducah.


A Christmas Celebration will feature three arrangements by composer Mark Hayes. Ponti says Hayes music is popular, modern, and accessible. Along with cheery and upbeat music, the PSO will also perform “In The Bleak Midwinter,” a haunting song that Eldred says brings contemplation and peace.

The symphony orchestra performed two free shows that featured a portion of Saturday’s concert in the lobby of Baptist Health Paducah this afternoon. Ponti says the PSO is more than a cultural icon and more than entertainment and these performances help make it more important and relevant to the community. He says he hoped it would bring a bit of joy to people who may be going through a difficult time in their lives. Ponti adds that music therapy has been around for several years but there is now scientific evidence showing it is healthy for the brain and can help with Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s Disease.

George Eldred has lived most of his life in Princeton, Kentucky except for a 15 year stint of studying music in Sewanee, Tennessee and Lawrence, Kansas and working in camera and photo finishing shops in the Washington, DC area. George first went on the air around the 4th grade when the local station in Princeton used to get elementary school students to read children's books from the library on the air.
A proud native of Murray, Kentucky, Allison grew up roaming the forests of western Kentucky and visiting national parks across the country. She graduated in 2014 from Murray State University where she studied Environmental Sustainability, Television Production, and Spanish. She loves meeting new people, questioning everything, and dancing through the sun and the rain. She hopes to make a positive impact in this world several endeavors at a time.
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