ASO presents ’Christmas Story: Rhythms of the Land’

In honor of its annual Christmas traditions the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra will present its latest holiday concert, “Christmas Story: Rhythms of the Land,” Thursday night at the Heymann Performing Arts Center.

The concert will be a continuation of the season-long theme EARTH, and a celebration of the artistic connection between music and planet Earth, featuring legendary musicians with strong local roots and a deep connection to place.

One of the most ambitious and exciting features of this concert is the collaboration with local singer-songwriter Marc Broussard. In addition to his performance with ASO, Broussard will conduct a concert for more than 500 pre-k children at Truman Early Childhood Education Center’s campus on Thursday, Dec. 17 at 10 a.m.

The inclusion of area youth in the ASO Chorus is just one of the added bonuses for this year’s concert. Guest conductor Bob Dunn, winner of ASO’s “Death by Chocolate” auction, will open the program by leading the musicians in the national anthem. Other auction winners will play the triangle, sleigh bells, and the whip during some familiar Christmas tunes.

“Christmas Story: Rhythms of the Land” featuring Marc Broussard and youth choruses will be performed by the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra on Thursday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m. at the Heymann Performing Arts Center, located at 1373 S. College Road in Lafayette. Concert seats are limited and tickets are on sale now. For more information visit www.AcadianaSymphony.org.