Holiday Cheer

JCA To Present WNYCO, ‘Poinsettia Pops’ Dec. 6 At Reg Lenna

For the second consecutive year, the Jamestown Concert Association will present the Western New York Chamber Orchestra and its “Poinsettia Pops” concert at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts in honor of the holiday season. The concert will take place Wednesday, Dec. 6, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Submitted photos

The Western New York Chamber Orchestra is in the midst of establishing a new tradition as the annual purveyor of holiday cheer to the Jamestown community by way of the Jamestown Concert Association.

The professional Ensemble-in-Residence at SUNY Fredonia will take the stage at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts on Wednesday, Dec. 6, to deliver its “Poinsettia Pops” concert at 7:30 p.m.

This is the second year in which the WNYCO will perform in the Jamestown Concert Association’s holiday concert in December at the Reg Lenna, which had previously been traditionally performed by Symphoria of Syracuse. Currently comprised of 48 members, the WNYCO has regularly performed throughout all of Western New York in Chautauqua, Erie, Niagara and Cattaraugus counties for more than 30 years.

Traditional classical repertoire, as well as pops, are regularly presented on WNYCO concert programs, and the orchestra has a rich history of educational outreach. According to Sally Ulrich, JCA president, the orchestra’s 2016 performance at the Reg Lenna went off splendidly, and the JCA is eager to present an encore performance.

“Last year’s ‘Poinsettia Pops’ was extremely well received by the audience, and we’re really looking forward to having them back again,” Ulrich said. “We hope everyone will come and bring their families, because this is a very family-friendly show with lots of holiday favorites.”

Contained within the concert program will be an evening of popular classics and holiday favorites, ranging from excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s 1892 ballet “The Nutcracker” to popular favorites including “The Christmas Song.” Additionally, Christmas carol arrangements created by WNYCO conductor Glen Cortese will be performed by a trio of young vocalists currently studying at the SUNY Fredonia School of Music — two of which performed in last year’s “Poinsettia Pops” concert. The guest vocalists include Lucia Helgren, Michaela Tramuta and Mariami Bekauri.

Tickets to the concert are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors ages 65 and older, and $7.50 for college students. Children 18 and under will be admitted for free if accompanied by a paying adult. Tickets are available through the Reg Lenna box office, and can be purchased in advance by calling 484-7070 or online at

A pre-concert reception will be held in the lobby, and will feature refreshments and concessions. Live, pre-concert music will be performed by a strings ensemble from the Southwestern Central High School Orchestra from the lobby balcony.

Sponsors for the event are Jamestown Community College, Jamestown’s Rental Properties, the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, the Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation and the United Arts Appeal of Chautauqua County.

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