All-star cast to perform holiday tunes in Marcellus

Traditional Christmas Carols and holiday music from Handel to Broadway will be offered at the Marcellus Community Christmas Concert at 4 p.m. Sunday Dec. 12 at the First Presbyterian Church at the corner of Main and North Streets in Marcellus. The concert will include carol singing, led by the Presbyterian Church Choir and Brass Ensemble, and will feature an array of guest artists from the Marcellus community:

Julie McKinstry

Originally from the central Pennsylvania area, soprano Julie McKinstry earned a bachelor of music degree from Cleveland Institute of Music, and a master of fine arts degree in opera performance from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Her career has taken her to New York City, Baltimore, Washington, D.C. and to Germany. She is currently an affiliate artist in the voice department at Syracuse University.

Elizabeth Fern

Elizabeth Fern has appeared in numerous musical and dramatic productions with theater companies such as The Talent Company, Contemporary Theater of Syracuse, Opening Night Productions and Salt City Center for the Performing Arts. Her work has earned her several accolades including two Syracuse Area Live Theater Awards. Most recently,. Fern has been seen with the classic band The Coachmen at various Syracuse venues.

The Dean Brothers

Bob, John and Peter Dean, with Holly Gregg, have enjoyed being part of the CNY music scene since the late '60s when they all resided in Skaneateles. They have performed in venues all over the northeastern US and have several albums and CD's to their credit. In 2009 they were awarded a Syracuse Area Music Awards SAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award.

Tony Lombardo

Pianist Tony Lombardo has enjoyed a many faceted musical career as a choral and instrumental music educator, conductor, and trumpet and piano performer. He was staff pianist with the New York State Fair for fifteen years, working with well known artists such as Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis Jr., Wayne Newton and Johnny Mathis. Lombardo will perform an excerpt from his recent recording, Christmas At The Steinway.From the powerful sound of organ and brass, to the beauty of "Silent Night" accompanied by guitar, the program will offer a mix of traditional and popular music. The local community is encouraged to come together to celebrate the musical sounds of the Christmas season.

Admission is free. Guests are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item for the Marcellus Ecumenical Food Pantry.

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