Winter Festival Concert Celebrates the Holiday Season and Reflects on Events of Dec. 7

Winter Festival Concert Celebrates the Holiday Season and Reflects on Events of Dec. 7

12/3/13 ASHLAND, Ohio - Under the direction of Leonard Salvo, Ashland University director of bands, the Ashland Area Community Concert Band (AACCB) and Ashland University Wind Ensemble will present their annual Winter Festival Concert on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 7:30 p.m. at the University’s Hugo Young Theatre. Featuring music celebrating the holiday season and reflecting on the events of December 7, the concert is free and open to the public.

The 40-piece Ashland University Wind Ensemble is comprised of the outstanding wind and percussion players at the University and from the community. The ensemble begins Saturday’s concert with Anthony Iannaccone’s “Plymouth Trilogy” comprised of three contrasting movements including a saxophone solo, followed by Hymn of St. James by Reber Clark, which is based on the hymn "Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence." The Wind Ensemble concludes their portion of the program with Leroy Anderson's "Sleigh Ride," one of the world’s most popular pieces of Christmas music.

After a brief intermission, the 55-member Ashland Area Community Concert Band takes the stage. Established in 1993, the ensemble is designed for both university students and members of the Ashland community to continue their musical study and creative activity. In 1995, it was recognized by Cleveland's WCLV-FM as “one of Ohio's finest Community Concert Bands.”

The band begins its program with “Midway March” by John Williams followed by Claude T. Smith’s arrangement of “God of Our Fathers.” The third piece of the program includes selections from Lionel Bart’s delightful musical “Oliver!” including “Consider Yourself,” “Where Is Love,” “I'd Do Anything” and “Who Will Buy.” The band will then perform Robert Palmer’s “Overture on a Southern Hymn,” which is based on one of the most popular Southern folk hymn tunes “Wondrous Love.” The concert concludes with Robert Sheldon's arrangement “A Most Wonderful Christmas,” which includes “Winter Wonderland,” “I'll Be Home for Christmas,” “Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and “It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” 

For more information about the concert, visit or contact Tricia Applegate, coordinator of performing arts publicity and events, at 419-289-5950 or

Ashland University, which has been ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###