The annual Christmas presentation by the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra is a much anticipated event in our community. On Saturday, Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m., the symphony will present its “Holiday Celebration” concert at Berean Baptist Church. The production will be conducted by music director Fouad Fakhouri.   
    The spotlight of the concert will be three soloists.  Denise Payton, soprano soloist, will perform Adam’s “O Holy Night,” MacGimsey’s “Sweet Little Jesus Boy,” Wagner’s “Du bist der Lenz” and Yon’s “Gesu Bambino.” 
    {mosimage}Payton is a native of Spring Lake, and attended North Carolina A & T State University and Fayetteville State University and is pursuing her doctorate in music education at Boston University. She is the director of the university choir and teaches applied voice at Fayetteville State University. Payton’s accolades include founder of the Heritage Restoration Chorale, performing with the Fayetteville State University Concert Choir on its first European tour and being featured on the CD What A Mighty God We Serve recorded in Belgium.     
    Dominic Mercurio, piano soloist, is the 2007-2008 Harlan Duenow Young Artists Competition Winner.  Mercurio is a junior at Southview High School and has been studying the piano since the tender age of four. 
    He will perform Mendelssohn’s “Capricciio Brilliant” at the concert. Mercurio has won many competitions such as the Raleigh Music Piano Teachers Scholarship Competition and the National Guild of Piano Teachers auditions in which he consistently received superior ratings.      
    Flutist Lindsay Leach hails from Pittsburgh, Penn., and will perform Ibert’s “Concerto for Flute and Orchestra.” She holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the Peabody Conservatory as well as a Post-Graduate Performance Diploma from the Royal Academy of Music in London. 
    Leach is the recipient of the Cumberland County Arts Council Regional Artist Grant and has produced her premiere CD One of a Kind.   
    Tickets are $25 adults; $20 for seniors 65 and older; $20 for members of the military; and $8  for students. Berean Baptist Church is located at 517 Glensford Drive. 
For more information call 433-4690.

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