By Mark Ambrogi
Jessamyn Anderson has developed a strong connection with the Indiana Wind Symphony.
The 2011 Carmel High School graduate will perform as a soloist with IWS at 7 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Palladium in Carmel.
“I can hardly believe it,” Anderson said. “(IWS music director) Dr. (Charlie) Conrad asked me to join the IWS for their holiday concert when I was a freshman in college (Indiana University), and that was my professional debut. This will be my seventh time performing at the Palladium, and I hope it isn’t my last.”
The theme of the concert is Christmas Warmth.
Anderson will be singing the Indiana Wind Symphony’s special rendition of “O Holy Night” and “White Christmas.”
“There may also be a special treat, but you’ll have to come to the show to hear it,” Anderson said.
After spending a summer with Ohio Light Opera Company, Anderson moved to New York City in September.
“So, I’m just getting my feet wet in the music scene here,” Anderson said. “I’ve done a cabaret and an impromptu performance with a jazz ensemble. I also sing with a contemporary church choir at my home church in the city, and I love singing with that group.”
Anderson loves performing with IWS, too.
“It is always a joy to collaborate with talented musicians, but it’s an even better experience when they are kind and fun to work with,” Anderson said. “That’s how it has always been with the IWS. Many of them have been in the group since I started performing with the ensemble, and it’s been fun to grow musically right alongside them. They are always warm and welcoming, and they always leave a delicious Symphony Hershey bar in my dressing room, so no complaints about that.”