Holiday Wishes: Symphony Orchestra, soloist remake classics for CDWritten by Zach Davis | | firstname.lastname@example.org
In the midst of its 55th season, the Toledo Symphony Orchestra and its nearly 80 musicians will be featured on “Holiday Wishes” with its rendition of the holiday song “Sleigh Ride.”
“Come Christmas time, ‘Sleigh Ride’ is the hidden piece in every Christmas show,” said resident conductor Jeffrey Pollock. “It is going to show up; it is just a question of where. It is played at every Christmas show every year and there was no question what would be this orchestra’s contribution.”
Pollock said when he learned of the Make-A-Wish Foundation benefit CD project, he was excited to see the orchestra would be involved.
“I think it is incredibly important for the group to be a part of this project,” Pollock said. “We view ourselves as an integral part of the community. The orchestra had their ‘A’ game and we were fired up to do it.”
Pollock, a California native, has spent the past 15 years conducting for the North Carolina Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony and the past two seasons with the Toledo Symphony.
“We hope that this will sell a lot and get a lot of money for Make-A-Wish,” Pollock said. “I couldn’t imagine a nicer Christmas gift than to know our work helped raise a lot of money for that foundation. That makes a good Christmas story.”
Toledo Symphony Orchestra principal harpist Nancy Lendrim was among the many Toledo residents to donate a track to the “Holiday Wishes” CD to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
But the experience got more personal for Lendrim just a short time after volunteering her harp solo “Silver Bells.”
“One of my dearest friend’s daughter is going through an illness, which she is recovering from, happily,” Lendrim said. “She is a candidate for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.”
Lendrim assists the family, which travels from Raleigh, N.C., to Detroit to visit a specialist with the University of Michigan, by driving them to and from the doctor from their hotel.
“I had offered before that happened, but now it is taking an incredibly personal turn,” Lendrim said of contributing a track to the CD. “It’s taken on a new meaning for me to just know somebody who will benefit from the Make-A-Wish Foundation.”
Lendrim graduated from Oberlin College and got her master’s degree in harp performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music. She joined the Toledo Symphony Orchestra in 1981.
The track was recorded by Dave Mariasy at Audio Matrix Recording Studio.
“I was happy with how everything for ‘Silver Bells’ went together,” Lendrim said.