Concert of Giving with band, chorus at Stambaugh


Staff report

YOUNGSTOWN

The Youngstown Area Community Concert Band and Stambaugh Chorus will host the sixth annual Holiday Concert of Giving at 4 p.m. Sunday at Stambaugh Auditorium.

The concert raises money to feed hungry families in Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties. Admission is a cash donation of any amount to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank (no food donations). For every $1 given at the concert, the food bank can distribute $11 worth of food to families who need it most this holiday season.

Selections by the Stambaugh Chorus will include movements from “The Magnificat” by J.S. Bach and “The First Noel.” Band pieces will include “Let There Be Peace On Earth” and “’Twas The Night Before Christmas,” an arrangement for band and narrator.

The guest narrators will be two members from the Stambaugh Chorus. The grand finale will include “White Christmas” and “The Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s Messiah.

“We are thrilled that these two incredible groups have decided to collaborate for the sixth year in a row for this great holiday performance to help feed people in our community,” said Michael Iberis, executive director of Second Harvest Food Bank.

Over the past five years, this concert has raised more than $18,000, said Iberis.

Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley provides food to those in need through 148 programs provided by hunger-relief organizations, which include church pantries, homeless shelters, soup kitchens, shelters for battered women and after-school programs.

In 2015, it distributed 10.4 million pounds of food, including 3 million pounds of produce. For information on Second Harvest, go to mahoningvalleysecondharvest.org or call 330-792-5522.

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