Free Community Christmas Concert Planned in Middleburg

The Middleburg Concert Series will present its “Home for Christmas” concert on Sunday, Dec. 18—with a troupe of well-known classical musicians and an antique Steinway piano.

The free concert of classical and traditional seasonal music will start at 4 p.m. at the Middleburg United Methodist Church, at the corner of Pendleton and Washington streets. Performers will include guest vocalists Michael Forest and Aime Sposato.

Renowned pianist Dudley Oaks will play the newly acquired 1927 restored Steinway concert grand piano, which retains its original keys and soundboard. Oaks is a member of the faculty at Shenandoah University, where he teaches classical piano and organ. Sposato is a renowned national and international soloist, while tenor Forest will make a welcome return engagement. Forest has performed with the Metropolitan Opera as well as with national symphony orchestras. Organist Steve Cooksey is professor emeritus at Shenandoah University, and the founder of the Bach Handel Festival.

The concert is sponsored by Greenhill Winery and Vineyards and the Bank of Charlestown and is supported by a special grant from the Town of Middleburg. A free reception catered by Savoir Fare of Round Hill will follow, for which donations are welcome. For information, go to middleburgconcertseries.com.

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