Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra

Ann Arbor's Symphony Orchestra holds their annual Sing-a-long with Santa concert Saturday at Bethlehem United Church of Christ.  The concert includes Christmas carols for all ages to sing along with the symphony orchestra. 

Mary Steffek Blaske  is the Symphony's executive director, or executive elf at this time of year.  She says the concert has become a fun tradition for many Ann Arbor families.

The concert  includes Santa reading "Twas the Night Before Christmas" to all of the children attending, and an instrument petting zoo before the concert begins.  The show sold out last year, but some tickets remain this year.

The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra has reached a five-year agreement with Local 625 of the American Federation of Musicians. 

Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra Board President Bob Gates said the new contract shows that everyone at the bargaining table shared the goals of "artistic excellence, commitment to financial sustainability, and service to our community." 

Musicians spokesperson and Principal Oboist Tim Michling said the increased compensation levels included in the contract will help the symphony "attract and retain the highest caliber performers."