Keaggy plays holiday pops concert

Youngstown native Phil Keaggy will help the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra celebrate “A Very Merry Christmas.”

The holiday pops concert conducted by Randall Craig Fleischer will feature several seasonal tunes that Keaggy has recorded, including “Village Bells,” “What Child Is This,” “A Christmas Suite” and “Coventry Carol.”

Keaggy first attracted national attention with the band Glass Harp, which was signed to Decca Records in 1969 and opened for such acts as The Kinks, Yes and Traffic. As a Christian artist, Keaggy is a two-time Grammy nominee and a a seven-time Dove Award winner and is an acclaimed fingerstyle guitar player.

Also on the program will be the Singers Together Choir, directed by Timothy Mattern, the worship and music pastor at North-Mar Church of the Christian and Missionary Alliance in Warren. Choral selections will include “Arise and Shine,” “Joy to the World” and “Go Tell It on the Mountain.”

Orchestral numbers will be “Sleigh Ride,” “White Christmas” and selections from “The Nutcracker.”

The concert starts at 8 p.m. Saturday at Powers Auditorium, 260 W. Federal St., Youngstown. Tickets range from $20 to $55 and are available at the DeYor Performing Arts Center box office, online at and by calling 330-744-0264.

The orchestra also will have its next Stained Class Concert Series performance at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at St. Cyril and Methodius Church, 252 E. Wood St., Youngstown. The free, informal concert will include music by Aaron Copland, John Williams, Scott Joplin, Wolfgang Mozart and Johann Sebastian Bach.