TH Symphony Orchestra to present virtual concert of holiday music Dec. 12

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Soprano Cathy Berns Rund

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — The Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra will present its annual holiday concert at Maryland Community Church on Dec. 12, featuring soprano Cathy Berns Rund and 21 THSO musicians performing holiday favorites such as “Silver Bells,” Schubert’s “Ave Maria,” “Chanukah Chanukah,” “The Christmas Song” and “O Holy Night.”

In addition, the THSO will feature Principal Clarinetist Samantha Johnson-Helms on Shugar’s “Hanukkah Overture,” celebrating Klezmer style music not often heard with a symphony orchestra.

Initially, this program was scheduled as a performance before a live audience on Dec. 5, but the proliferation of the COVID-19 virus has transformed it into a virtual concert on Dec. 12.

The concert will be available online 4:30-9:30 p.m. on Dec. 12. Patrons will receive an access code and a link to the video webpage via Email after purchasing a virtual ticket. The concert will be 90 minutes in length. THSO recommends beginning viewing the video no later than 8 p.m. to see the concert in its entirety, as it will automatically be removed at 9:30 p.m. 

Featured soprano Cathy Berns Rund grew up on a grain and cattle farm in central Illinois. Her passion for music grew through childhood piano lessons along with singing and playing organ at her tiny parish church. She earned her undergraduate degree in vocal performance from Eastern Illinois University, where she won top musical and academic honors, including the prestigious Livingston C. Lord Scholarship. She was later honored as a Distinguished Young Alumnus of EIU.

Renowned pianist and scholar Charles Webb hails Rund for her “impeccable pitch and total control of her voice, spinning exquisite sounds even from the highest registers.”

Tickets for the virtual performance are $17 with a $1.54 handling fee at (

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