ASHTABULA, OH – (November 11, 2001) –  The Ashtabula Area Orchestra, under the direction of Michael Gelfand, will perform  its Annual Christmas Concert, Saturday, December 8, 2001, at 8PM. The performance will take place at Saint Joseph Church on Lake Avenue, in Ashtabula. The concert, which has become an Ashtabula Christmas tradition, will feature traditional Christmas favorites, including a portion of Handel’s “Messiah”, which will be presented with the chorus from the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra.

Tickets for the Christmas Concert are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students and $25 for a family of 3 or more.

The Ashtabula Area Orchestra, a non-profit corporation, also has Christmas Raffle Tickets on sale now, to help fund their 2001-2002 Concert Season. The winner of this exciting raffle will receive the following: 2 Box Seats for the world-renown Cleveland Orchestra Christmas Concert, December 22,2001, valued at $124; a $100 certificate for Dinner for 2 at Baricelle’s Inn; a $100 Gift Certificate, a Wine and Cheese Basket and a Limousine ride to and from Ashtabula, courtesy of Ducro Limousine Services.

The Christmas Raffle tickets are $20 each, and only 200 will be sold, giving ticket purchasers a very good chance of winning.

Founded in 1982, the Ashtabula Area Orchestra is celebrating its 10th season, under the leadership of Musical Director, Michael Gelfand. In this time, Gelfand, a nationally acclaimed orchestral conductor, and accomplished cellist, has expanded the orchestra’s season which now includes subscription and pops concerts, and includes performances with the Ashtabula Arts Center Ballet, Ashtabula County Choral Society, and the Youngstown Symphony Chorus. Since 1975 he has been Professor of Music at Youngstown State University and from 1980 – 1990 he was Director of Orchestra, Opera and Musical Theater Productions.

The success of the Orchestra in providing Ashtabula with the finest in classical music entertainment is largely sustained by contributions of the Ashtabula Area Orchestra Society, whose members help provide the support for the director’s salary and operating expenses. The orchestra invites everyone who loves classical music to become a member and a contributor, thereby insuring the continuation of an enriching classical music tradition in the Ashtabula area.

For more information on the Ashtabula Area Orchestra, the 2001 Christmas Concert or purchasing Christmas Raffle Tickets, contact the Ruth Ann Martinez, immediate past president of the Board of Directors, at 440-964-3807, or visit the Orchestra’s website:

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