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Cayuga Chamber Orchestra to bring holiday music and cheer in December 12th concert

This is a transcript of a segment by Clara Enders that aired on Dec. 5th's episode of Talk of the Town.


With Thanksgiving and Black Friday wrapped up, it is already time to look forward to winter holiday traditions. Start your holiday season off strong this year with the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra!

On Saturday, December 12th at 7:30 PM, the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, or CCO for short, will hold their holiday concert at Hotel Ithaca, at 222 South Cayuga Street. Yes, a limited number of in-person attendees will be allowed, but the concert will also be livestreamed for those who prefer that option. The holiday program, entitled “Comfort and Joy,” will feature holiday classics and favorites. Performers include the CCO brass quintet, as well as featured performers Chris Coletti and Frank Campos on the trumpet, Jonathan Dozois on the horn, Ben Dettelback on the trombone, and David Earll on the tuba.

Founded in 1976, the CCO is currently in its 44th season. Each season includes an orchestral series, chamber music series, holiday concert, family concerts at public libraries, and their Willard Daetsch Youth Outreach program which provides Tompkins County students with classical music experiences. In 2015, this program won the Yale Distinguished Music Education Award, and in 2017, CCO established a youth orchestra program for students with advanced skills. Since 2019, the CCO has used its Diversity Fellowship program to provide college students from communities underrepresented in classical music with opportunities to get involved.

The holiday concert is for all ages, and will last about an hour. Tickets must be reserved in advance. If you plan on attending in-person, face masks and social distancing are mandatory. Current Tompkins County mandates allow up to 50 people to gather abiding by safety measures, but CCO will adjust plans as necessary. For tickets to the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra’s 2020 holiday concert, visit, call CCO at 607-273-8981, or email



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