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Holmen Native coming home to join La Crosse Symphony Orchestra’s “An Old World Holiday”

Katherine Weber has moved audiences all over the world and is now returning to the Coulee Region for the holidays.

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A joyous musical celebration returns to Viterbo’s Fine Arts Center, when the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra performs “An Old World Holiday.”

The Friday and Saturday concerts will be the same performance material, including Christmas and Hanukkah musical selections.

The La Crosse Symphony Orchestra (LSO) welcomes back Holmen native Katherine Weber, as the guest artist. Weber is a former Miss Holmen and Viterbo University graduate.

LSO executive director, Dominique Luecke, told Z93 they’re excited to have Weber perform with the orchestra.

“She’s an acclaimed soprano soloist,” Luecke said. “She is going to be coming back, singing some of our favorite Christmas songs and Hanukkah songs. There will be even a little opera in there.”

The La Crosse Area Youth Symphony Orchestra will be joining for the performances and attendees will have a chance to sing along with some of their favorite holiday tunes.

Music lovers will have two opportunities to come out and experience — at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Viterbo University’s Fine Arts Center.

In typical holiday fashion, there will be coffee and cookies following both performances. Viterbo does still have a mask mandate for those in attendance.

The La Crosse Symphony Orchestra’s website describes the show: “Christmas and Hanukkah traditions come together in a joyous musical Holiday celebration, paying tribute to our Coulee region and full of the flavor of Old Vienna.  Katherine Weber — Holmen native, Viterbo graduate, and now making an operatic career in Europe — joins the LSO for some of the very greatest Holiday gems for soprano and orchestra.  And in another LSO tradition, the young musicians of the La Crosse Area Youth Symphony Orchestra join forces with our artists onstage to create another memorable evening, performing timeless scenes from the most beloved of Christmastime operas.”

If you go:

What: La Crosse Symphony Orchestra presents An Old World Holiday
Where: Viterbo University Fine Arts Center
When: December 17 & 18 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: online

What to expect:

KATHERINE WEBER, soprano

With members of the La Crosse Area Youth Symphony Orchestra, Randy Mastin, Director

Leroy Anderson: A Christmas Festival

Matt Riley: We Three Kings (Aaron Schwartz, violin)

Lucas Richman: Hanukkah Festival Overture

Mozart: “Alleluja” from Exultate, jubilate, K.165

Adolphe Adam: O Holy Night

Max Reger: Mary’s Cradle Song

Bach/Gounod: Ave Maria

Richard Rodgers: “My Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music

Franz Lehar: “Vilja Song” from The Merry Widow

With the La Crosse Area Youth Symphony Orchestra

Humperdinck: Selections from Hansel and Gretel Prelude, Witches’ Ride, Sandman’s Song, Evening Prayer, Pantomime

John Finnegan: A Christmas Sing-Along including “Rock of Ages”

Tracy has worked at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 2004. She is half of the Z93 Morning Buzz with Brittany and Ballzer and coordinates Z93's charity, Zcare. She writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse and announces for the Mississippi Valley Mayhem Roller Derby team.

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