Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra Begins The Holiday Season With Peppermint Pops: A Jazzy Tri-State Christmas

The Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra begins the holiday season with the Peppermint Pops: A Jazzy Tri-State Christmas at the Victory Theatre for two performances – Saturday, December 4 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, December 5 at 2 p.m.

Music Director Roger Kalia and the Orchestra are joined by soprano Katherine Polit, plus the Evansville Philharmonic Chorus, Children’s Center for Dance Education, the Evansville Children’s Choir, Tri-State Percussion Students, and students from UE Music Conservatory.

At the top of the holiday program is an incredibly special world premiere piece by Gary Fry, entitled An Evansville Christmas, composed for the City of Evansville. Other highlights include Bellringers’ Holiday, Rudolph, Bells & Holly, Welcome Home, O Holy Night, Gesu Bambino, We Need a Little Christmas, selections from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker and Duke Ellington’s The Nutcracker.

Katherine Polit - Hailed by Opera News as “vibrant,” American soprano Katherine Polit is quickly gaining recognition on the concert and operatic stage. Her most recent performances include Mozart’s Exsultate, jubilate with the Helena Symphony, Pamina in The Magic Flute with Pacific Symphony, Vivaldi’s Gloria Center and Samuel Barber’s Knoxville, Summer of 1915 with the Owensboro Symphony.

Ms. Polit has been featured with Virginia Opera, Opera Naples, Opera Louisiana, Charlotte Symphony, Opera Naples. Ännchen (Der Freischütz), Musetta (La Bohème), Nannetta (Falstaff), Clorinda (Rossini’s Cinderella), Fiona (Brigadoon), and Rose Maybud (Ruddigore), and Papagena in (Die Zauberflöte) are among her notable roles. Accolades being chosen as a finalist in both the Rochester Idol Competition and the Fritz and Lavinia Jensen Foundation Competition.

Katherine completed her Doctor of Music in Vocal Literature and Performance at Indiana University. She took part in projects with IU’s Early Music Institute and The Bloomington Bach Cantata Project. She holds a Master of Music in Opera Performance from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Humanities and Arts from Carnegie Mellon University.

Concert Sponsor is Crescent, Cresline, Wabash Plastics Foundation. Guest Artist Sponsor is the C. Wayne Worthington Family. Chorus Sponsor is Friends of the Chorus, and Mary Kennard is the Stage Décor Sponsor, in memory of Gene Kennard.

Purchase adult tickets here or call the EPO Ticket Office at (812) 425-5050, Ext 300. For questions and purchases, the box office is available between 10 AM and 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday.

Children ages 0 – 6 are free and full-time students can attend this season’s concerts free (while available). To receive the free ticket, call the EPO Ticket Office or pick up at the door. $15 and $20 tickets are available for age 18-39 attendees with free membership to CLUB 18│39. Discounted tickets are also available for seniors and military by calling the EPO Ticket Office.

Tri-State Food Bank
It is a tradition for the Orchestra to invite Tri-State Food Bank to collect non-perishable foods and monetary donations during both performances of Peppermint Pops. Representatives will be located at both 6th Street and Main Street lobbies before and after each concert.

The media is invited to film or photograph portions of a rehearsal and/or performance for purposes of publication or broadcast. To schedule a time or request admittance, please contact Chris Harp at 812.425.5050, Ext 311.

The schedule will be as follows:
Rehearsal: Friday, December 3, 7:00-10:00 p.m.
Rehearsal: Saturday, December 4, 10:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
Concert: Saturday, December 4, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Concert: Sunday, December 5, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

About the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra:
Under the continued leadership of Music Director Roger Kalia, the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra has become the largest non-profit performing arts institution in the Tri-State area with a commitment to artistic excellence, diverse and creative programming inside and outside its historic Victory Theatre home, its engagement with communities throughout the state of Indiana and its ambitious approaches to music education, performance, and collaboration. In the decades since its founding in 1934, the EPO has presented a range of classical, pops, family, diversity, and holiday programming to thousands of people each year.