Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra to perform Holiday Joy concert Dec. 4

November 28, 2021

The Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra will continue its tradition of sharing seasonal cheer when it presents its popular Holiday Joy program with acclaimed French soprano Norah Amsellem as guest soloist.

Featuring a selection of seasonal favorites, the concert will begin at 7 p.m, Saturday, Dec. 4, at Cape Henlopen High School, 1250 Kings Highway, Lewes.

“Holiday Joy affords us the opportunity to celebrate the season with orchestral and vocal works representing a variety of cultures and traditions, reminding us of the diversity of society and demonstrating the power of music to bring us together,” said Music Director Julien Benichou. “We are delighted to be joined by the talented Norah Amsellem, who has performed leading roles with major opera companies in the United States and in Europe.”

The Dec. 4 performance is sponsored by the Gallo Gives Foundation, the charitable arm of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Gallo Realty, a full-service real estate brokerage with offices in Lewes, Rehoboth Beach and Bethany Beach. The foundation is funded by agents and staff who contribute a portion of their commissions, which is then matched by Gallo Realty. The mission of the foundation is to support local charitable organizations in need, and to enhance the presence of the arts in Sussex County. 

Tickets for the Holiday Joy program are $50 and may be purchased in advance at or by calling 888-846-8600. Tickets also will be available at the door.

To ensure the safety of its audience members and musicians, the orchestra requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination for everyone entering venues. The high school requires that masks be worn.

Amsellem began her musical studies at age 5 in her native Paris, later continuing her education in the U.S. at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, N.J., and with Lorraine Nubar at the Juilliard School.

A winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and a member of the Met’s Lindemann Young Artist Program, Amsellem made her official debut with the company in October 1995 as Micaela in “Carmen.” She has performed at the Met more than 30 times in roles including Liù in “Turandot” and Gilda in “Rigoletto.”

Amsellem also has performed at La Scala in Milan, and with the San Francisco Opera, London’s Royal Opera, the Vienna State Opera, the Munich State Opera and the Berlin State Opera, among others. She has recorded for labels including Decca and Telarc.

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