Holiday cheer Dec. 24 from WRCT, McKeesport’s Orchestra of the Alleghenies

The McKeesport-based Orchestra of the Alleghenies returns to the airwaves at 12 noon this Monday, Dec. 24, with a program of holiday music featuring Joe Negri.

The concert includes traditional carols as well as selections from “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and “The Polar Express,” plus the jazz stylings of Negri, an internationally known guitarist warmly remembered by generations of children and parents from his appearances on “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.”

For the fourth consecutive year, Pittsburgh’s WRCT-FM (88.3) and McKeesport-based Tube City Community Media Inc. will present the annual Christmas concert by the orchestra (formerly known as the McKeesport Symphony Pops).

The broadcast over 88.3 FM also will be heard online at www.wrct.org.

It was taped Sunday, Dec. 16, at McKeesport Area High School by Tube City Community Media Inc., with the cooperation of the McKeesport Symphony Society and the American Federation of Musicians 60-471. Tube City Community Media Inc. is a non-profit organization that owns and operates the www.tubecityonline.com website, and for the past four years has also broadcast McKeesport’s International Village folk music festival.

The McKeesport Symphony Society, founded in 1959, oversees the Orchestra of the Alleghenies, a regional symphony comprised of professional, paid musicians from across the Pittsburgh area. Bruce Lauffer is in his 10th season as the conductor and music director. For more information, visit www.mckeesportsymphony.org.