WADSWORTH: O.J. Work Auditorium was filled with holiday music Sunday as the Wadsworth Community Band and the Wadsworth Community Chorus presented their annual holiday concert to an appreciative audience.
William L. Bauer conducts the 40-member band made of musicians from many vocations, avocations and walks of life. Bauer is an associate professor at Case Western Reserve University as well as the founder of the band.
Band selections included "Overture for Winds," "The Water is Wide," "L’Inglesina (The Little English Girl)," "The Toy Trumpet," "La Réjouissance," "Themes from the Nutcracker," "Go Tell It on the Mountain" and "Jingle Bells Forever."
Linda McNamara, a music teacher in the Wadsworth school system directs the 36-member chorus. Brenda Adley accompanies the chorus on the piano. Adley also teaches music in the Wadsworth system.
Selections by the chorus were "Infant Holy, Infant Lowly," "You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch," "Christmas Shoes," "A Song of Santa," "Silent Night" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas."
The band and chorus combined to perform "Let There Be Peace" and the audience, band and chorus combined to end the program with a "Christmas Sing-Along."
Narration for the concert was by the inimitable Caesar Carrino, former mayor of Wadsworth known widely for his stentorian, well-modulated voice.
Membership in both the band and chorus is welcomed. Tax-deductible contributions can be made to the band or choir.
Future scheduled band concerts include the Winter Chamber Music Concert at 4 p.m. on March 17, the Blue Tip Concert at 7 p.m. on June 15, the Fourth of July Concert at 7 p.m. and the July 14th Concert at 7 p.m. at the Buffalo Creek Resort. The chorus also holds a concert in May.