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Celebrate the Holidays: BPAC to present A Viennese Christmas

By November 16, 2007General


The New Sigmund Romberg Orchestra is set to provide a truly enchanting performance of “A Viennese Christmas,” Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 7:30 p.m. inside the Delta and Pine Land Theatre of the Bologna Performing Arts Center (BPAC) on the campus of Delta State University.

The New Sigmund Romberg Orchestra combines a full pops orchestra – complete with lush strings, brass, woodwinds and percussion – and four virtuoso vocal soloists to carry the audience through a charming winter wonderland. The event, sponsored in part by Coopwood Communications, is rich with good, traditional Christmas music, as well as songs from the brilliant era of Sigmund Romberg.

The orchestra’s namesake, Sigmund Romberg, was Hungary’s gift to melody-loving Americans. Befriended by the famous operetta composer Franz Lehar, Romberg decided to become a professional musician. With the advent of sound films, Romberg moved to Hollywood in 1929. More than a half dozen film adaptations of his operettas were released between 1929 and 1959, including the original “Viennese Nights.”

Throughout the ‘30s and ‘40s he hosted weekly radio programs that included his own songs and works by other popular composers. In early 1940, Romberg organized his first concert tour. The Sigmund Romberg Orchestra not only plays the music of Broadway, but also the “popular classics.” Today, the orchestra is conducted by Dr. Jason Altieri.

Altieri is an accomplished Conductor of Symphony, Opera and Pops programs. He currently holds the position of conductor of The New Sigmund Romberg Orchestra and Soloists and The Hollywood Concert Orchestra, as well as being the Associate Conductor of the Atlanta Pops Orchestra.  

He has recently been named Assistant Conductor of the Ohio Light Opera Company. This is Dr. Altieri’s fifth season conducting The New Sigmund Romberg Orchestra and Soloists in “A Viennese Christmas” in which he will conduct music ranging from Leroy Anderson’s medley “A Christmas Festival” to Victor Herbert’s march “Babes in Toyland.”

For ticket information, contact the box office at 662.846.4626 or visit online at