By OUR TOWN
Guest conductor Joshua Zona will direct the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra at its annual Christmas concert, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center.
Titled “Joyous Holidays: A Family Christmas Concert,” the program will feature a variety of holiday classics, including “We Need A Little Christmas,” “Deck the Halls,” “The Holly and the Ivy,” “Candles and Dreidels” and excerpts from “The Nutcracker.” A Christmas singalong with the audience is also planned.
Zona is the third of six conductor candidates to lead the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra this season, as a new music director and conductor is chosen for the local orchestra. He serves as music director and conductor of the Rapides Symphony Orchestra in Alexandria, Louisiana, and is the founding music director of the Renova Music Festival in New Castle, Lawrence County, a two-week chamber music and chamber orchestra development program for pre-professional musicians ages 18 to 25.
Zona’s conducting has given him the opportunity to work with orchestras in the U.S. and abroad, including the St. Petersburg Chamber Orchestra, the Puebla State Symphony in Mexico, the City of Grosseto Symphony and Sanremo Symphony Orchestra, both in Italy and the Constanta Symphony Orchestra in Romania.
He earned a bachelor’s from Ohio State University, did graduate study in horn performance at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Michigan State University.
Tickets to the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra’s Christmas concert can be purchased online at www.upjarts.org, by calling 814-269-7200 or by visiting the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center’s box office on the Pitt-Johnstown campus.