Symphonic Santa concert set for Sunday


SYMPHONIC SANTA: Director Scott Cohen leads the bands during a previous year’s symphonic concert. At this year’s concert, Santa and Dynamite the Clown will pass out treats for children. (Submitted photo)

BIG RAPIDS — Santa Claus, Dynamite the Clown and the Ferris State University Symphony Band, West Central Concert Band and West Central Chamber Orchestra will be teaming up, along with a few more musical entities at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11.

The groups, led by director and conductor Scott Cohen will be preforming the annual Symphonic Santa Sunday holiday concert at the Williams Auditorium on FSU campus. The concert is free and open to the public.

“This is probably the most popular concert of the entire year produced by us at Ferris,” Cohen said. “We get between 600 and 1,000 people to attend.”

The concert will include Christmas music, Hanukkah songs, New Year’s tunes, music by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, an audience sing-along and the holiday classic “Sleigh Ride.”

“It’s a lot of fun,” Cohen said about the concert. “It’s a very quick-based concert. There is a lot of variety, and a lot of well-known music.”

Cohen said some of the songs are preformed by all the approximately 200 musicians at once, and other songs highlight specific groups. During the concert, some of the musicians will get up to hand balloons out to a few children in the crowd, he said.

“It’s very engaging for the audience,” Cohen said. “It’s fun for everybody on both sides of the stage.”

Canned food and non-perishable food donations can be dropped off in the Williams Auditorium lobby for the ninth annual Holiday Concert Charity Drive. The charity drive is collaborating with the Holton’s LP Gas third annual food drive which will benefit area food pantries.


Posted by Meghan Gunther-Haas

Meghan is the education reporter for the Pioneer and Herald Review. She can be reached at (231) 592-8382 or by email at

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