Brandon Goldberg

“A Charlie Brown Christmas” Tribute Highlights WSO’s Holiday Concert on Dec. 5

Piano prodigy Brandon Goldberg to be featured in a performance of Vince Guaraldi’s classic jazz soundtrack

In a special holiday musical tribute to A Charlie Brown Christmas, piano prodigy Brandon Goldberg will be featured with the Wooster Symphony Orchestra (WSO) on Thursday, Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m., in McGaw Chapel (340 E. University St.). Goldberg and his trio will join the WSO in a performance of Vince Guaraldi’s famous soundtrack to the 1965 animated television special, which director and conductor Jeffrey Lindberg has transcribed and arranged for the event. A holiday children’s chorus, directed by Toni Shreve, will join the festivities.

Goldberg, now 13 years old, began to play piano by ear when he was three years of age. He started with classical lessons at age five, but quickly found his passion for jazz and learned about the music and its history by listening to his favorite artists, including Herbie Hancock, Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and John Coltrane.

Goldberg recently released his debut album, Let’s Play!, to rave reviews, garnering four stars from Downbeat magazine and reaching No. 7 on the Jazz Week charts. Goldberg performed at the 2019 Newport Jazz Festival. He has also played at the Litchfield Jazz Festival, Dizzy’s Club, Bravo Niagara Festival of the Arts, The Apollo Theater, the Blue Note in New York, WDNA Radio, WDNA Miami Downtown Jazz Festival, and the FAENA Summer Jazz Series. In addition, Goldberg has been a featured performer with the Miami Symphony Orchestra and the Jazz Roots series and has also appeared on the Harry Connick, Jr. Show, NBC’s Little Big Shots, and the Steve Harvey Show.

Joining Goldberg for the WSO performance will be the other two members of his trio, bassist Ben Wolfe and drummer Donald Edwards. The holiday children’s chorus is comprised of students in the sixth through eighth grade from Wayne and Holmes counties.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students and are available at Buehler’s Milltown and Towne Market, the Wilson Bookstore, or at the door the night of the concert. Reserved seating for groups of 10 or more are $25 per ticket and are available by calling 330-264-9371. For more information, contact Jeff Lindberg at 330-263-2047 or jlindberg@wooster.edu.