Dec. 8 JCSO concert features Mithril


Contact: Elaine Pectol, office manager, 423-926-8742;

Join the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra for some holiday cheer December 8 as Celtic ensemble Mithril visits on stage and brings the season alive with their unique music style. Under the baton of Music Director and Conductor Robert J. Seebacher, the JCSO presents an evening of holiday favorites. The concert is sponsored by James and Nancy Flugrath in honor of their 50th wedding anniversary.

Hailing from Mobile, Ala., Mithril delivers Celtic music that pushes into American folk, classical, rock, and World Music territory with a fun and free spirit. Mithril’s unique progressive style has its roots in traditional Celtic music but moves far beyond that, weaving such diverse influences as American folk, classical, and Middle Eastern melodies into their full tapestry of sound. The four musicians perform on a wide array of instruments, including Irish flute, whistle, fife, Celtic harp, fiddle, bouzouki, guitar, bodhran, and harmonium, playing with the precision of their classical training and the enthusiasm and high energy that springs from their love of the music.

Mithril and the JCSO will perform a variety of seasonal selections, including Anderson’s Christmas Festival and Sleigh Ride; Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring by J.S. Bach; Galician Carol; March, Trepak, and Waltz of the Flowers from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Suite; two selections from Prokofiev’s Lt. Kije Suite, Kije’s Wedding and Troika; and several Christmas medleys.

The December 8 concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Mary B. Martin Auditorium of Seeger Chapel at Milligan College. Individual concert tickets are $30, $25 for seniors (65+), and $10 for students. Season tickets are still available online at or by calling the symphony office at 423-926-8742. Tickets for the entire season range from $70 to $120. The symphony accepts Master Card, Visa, and Discover. Free bus service is available from Colonial Hill, leaving at 6:15 p.m.; Maplecrest and Appalachian Christian Village, at 6:30; and City Hall, at 6:45 p.m. Concerts are partially funded under an agreement with the Tennessee Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.