A little holiday music

November 13, 2018 GMT

HUNTINGTON — In years past, the Huntington Symphony Orchestra has celebrated the holidays with musical flavors that have ranged from Broadway and Motown to Hollywood.

This year, the HSO is celebrating the holidays with the original American music of Bluegrass, as they welcome in the globe-trotting Berea, Kentucky-based, McLain Family Band for its holiday concert.

Tickets are on sale now for the holiday concert that is set for Saturday, Dec. 15 at the historic Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center with HSO, the 55-member-strong symphony that is under the direction of Kimo Furumoto.


Tickets for A Bluegrass Holiday Concert are $45, $35, $20 and $15 and are now on sale at the HSO office at

763 3rdAve., by calling 304-781-8343 or by going online at http://huntingtonsymphony.org/

The McLain Family Band has carried the tradition of bluegrass music around the world for the past 50 years.

During the years 1968–1990, they performed in all 50 states —and 62 countries during 14 international concert tours, some as musical ambassadors of the U.S. Department of State. The McLain Family Band played at the Grand Ole Opry, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Lincoln Center and the Carter Fold. They were featured at thousands of festivals and concerts and performed as soloists in more than 230 appearances with orchestras.

For eleven years, The McLain Family Band hosted The McLain Family Band Festival which was featured on NPR’s Folk Festival USA and produced by Kentucky Educational TV for national distribution. Other television appearances include NBC’s Today Show, The CBS Morning News, ABC’s Good Morning America, The Pearl Bailey ETV Special, The BBC,TNN’s Nashville Now and the Johnny Cash Christmas Special.

The McLain Family Band has consisted, through the years, of various combinations of family members. Today, the core touring band includes: Raymond McLain, who is the Director of the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music at Morehead State University. Ruth McLain, who also teaches traditional music at MSU.

Al White, who teaches bluegrass instrument lessons and leads the Berea College Bluegrass Ensemble at Berea College in Berea, Kentucky. White is well known for being in The Bluegrass Alliance, a band with Vince Gill. And other members include Alice White and Daxson Lewis, with occasional guest appearances from Nancy Ann Wartman and Michael & Jennifer McLain.

Go online at https://www.mclainfamilyband.com/to find out more about the McLain Family Band and go online at http://huntingtonsymphony.org/to find out more about the Huntington Symphony Orchestra.