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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- Sleigh bells ringing, families singing and happiness is in the air. Yes, it’s Christmastime, and no one brings in the holiday season like the Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra.
The “Sounds of Christmas” is a Murfreesboro tradition for the last 32 years. For the past two years, the annual show has enjoyed a sellout audience – a major accomplishment for any symphony in this economy.
This year’s performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, at First United Methodist Church in Murfreesboro.
The Murfreesboro Symphony comprises more than 50 paid musicians from all over the state. Some are college professors and schoolteachers, and even one musician is a local attorney.
Some may consider classical music a dying art, but for the people in Murfreesboro it is quite the opposite. For them, the performing arts are very important to the community. When the arts are prevalent in the community, it strengthens it.
However, none of this would be possible without the support of the community. So, this is a must-see, family friendly event that you will not want to miss.
Organizers said the symphony will be playing many Christmas favorites, including a suite from “Polar Express,” excerpts from “The Nutcracker” and “O Holy Night,” as well as a slew of Christmas sing-a-longs, just to name a few. The symphony will also perform “Beautiful Star of Bethlehem,” a song composed in 1938 by Rutherford County native Robert Fischer Boyce.
Also joining the symphony this year is Middle Tennessee State University professor Stephen Smith, who will be singing tenor with the Murfreesboro Symphony Chorus.
Many tickets have already been purchased, and organizers say this event is expected to sell out, as it has the previous two years. They said a limited number of tickets will be made available at the door, but those are expected to go quickly as well.
Tickets start at $10 per person. To purchase tickets ahead of time, visit www.murfreesborosymphony.com or call 615-898-1862.