A large crowd attended the newly named Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, Wednesday evening, to welcome the Christmas season with a concert performed by Symphoria.
The concert was the most recent in the 2013-14 season of the Jamestown Concert Association.
Sean O'Loughlin, principal pops conductor for the orchestra, was on the podium for a concert of mostly light holiday-related fare, some of which he had arranged himself.
Guest soloist for the evening was vocalist Trish Oney, a slender, attractive singer with long blonde hair. She was elegant in a long purple and black gown, and sang with a rich, dark, throaty voice which suited itself perfectly to the varied styles of the performance. She also narrated one of the works: ''Peter Pan Suite,'' by James Newton Howard, in a way which kept the audience leaning forward and involved in the familiar tale of the boy who wouldn't grow up.
The evening began with the first of many medleys of familiar works, this time titled ''Christmas at the Movies,'' which combined familiar sounds from the scores of ''Miracle on 34th Street,'' ''How the Grinch Stole Christmas,'' and other popular holiday films.
Other highlights of the first half of the program included a jazzed-up version of ''Winter Wonderland,'' to which Ms. Oney gave a scat cover which really moved. A medley of Hanukah-related works was warmly received.
Throughout the concert, there was a problem in the sound balance. The cordless microphone with which O'Loughlin and various other people sought to make announcements had unpleasant background sounds, and one instrument, which sounded like an electronic keyboard - although no keyboardist was listed on the orchestra roster - was set so loudly, it sometimes obscured the rest of the orchestra, even when it wasn't taking the lead melody.
O'Loughlin made pleasant conversation between musical offerings, although he seemed uncomfortable and a bit distracted, especially in planned conversations with the soloist.
The second half of the program began with a medley arranged by the conductor, based around the familiar carol ''I Saw Three Ships.'' He called the work ''Holiday Ornaments.''
O'Loughlin also did a lovely, quiet arrangement of the traditional ''Silent Night,'' which he had created to lead directly into the famed arrangement of ''The Little Drummer Boy,'' which was created for the orchestra by Calvin Custer. He called his part of the work, ''Peaceful Sleep.''
The concert ended with the familiar playing of Leroy Anderson's ''Sleigh Ride,'' which brought a costumed Santa to the stage, as it has each year the orchestra has been with us, then ended with a sing-along of familiar carols.
The evening was musically sound, and clearly very popular with the audience, who went out singing onto East Third Street.
The next concert in the JCA series will be March 14, when the Poulenc Trio will perform at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, in downtown Jamestown.