Josh Krajcik and Jake Briggs

Josh Krajcik and Jake Briggs will join the Wooster Symphony Orchestra for "Home for the Holidays," a concert in McGaw Chapel on Friday, Dec. 11.


Wooster Symphony Orchestra Present’s ‘Home for the Holidays’ Concert

Local favorites Josh Krajcik and Jake Briggs featured in Dec. 11 performance at The College of Wooster

02 December, 2015 by John Finn

WOOSTER, Ohio ­— Two of the area’s finest young musicians will return home next week as the Wooster Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Jeffrey Lindberg, presents its biennial holiday concert on Friday, Dec. 11, at 7:30 p.m. in McGaw Chapel (340 E. University St.).

Josh Krajcik, a graduate of Triway High School and runner up on Fox’s The X Factor in 2011, will showcase his talents along with Jake Briggs, a Northwestern High School and College of Wooster graduate and a sensational pianist.

Krajcik, described by Billboard magazine as “a soulful singer with a huge, often gravelly voice, studied piano and guitar in his youth and began performing live in his teens. In 2005, he formed the Josh Krajcik Band, and the group produced two albums: 2005's Ghosts and 2011's Atavistic. After his successful run on the X Factor, he toured and began work on his major-label debut, which led to the release of his album, Blindly, Lonely, Lovely, featuring production and songwriting collaborations with Adele and others.

Briggs began studying piano and learning to read music early in elementary school, but took a detour and pursued sports until his sophomore year of high school. He went on to study with Jessica Berry, who taught him scales, technique, and more textural passages of Debussy. Later he began studying Bach and Chopin with Judy Nihlen, who prepared him for scholarship auditions, which enabled him to attend The College of Wooster, where he refined his immense musical talent, particularly his mastery of the piano.

The holiday concert program will consist of a host of original compositions from Krajcik’s Blindly, Lonely, Lovely CD, including  "Nothing," "No Better Lovers," "The Remedy," "Close Your Eyes," "When You Go," "Don't Make Me Hopeful," and "Let Me Hold You," as well has his new Christmas song, “I Wish it Wasn't Christmas at All.” Also on the program are the McCartney-Lennon classic, "Yesterday,” the Mick Jagger-Keith Richards collaboration, “Wild Horses,” and the Etta James’ hit, “At Last.”

Briggs will be featured with the orchestra in George Gershwin’s popular Rhapsody in Blue for Piano and Orchestra, while other selections will include Leroy Anderson’s “A Christmas Festival” and “Sleigh Ride” as well as Bill Holcombe’s “Festive Sounds of Hanukah.”

The concert, which is sponsored by the Women’s Committee of the Wooster Symphony Orchestra, provides funding for scholarships, which are presented at the end of the academic year.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students, and can be purchased at Buehler’s Milltown, Towne Market, Buehler’s in Orrville, The Wooster Book Company, and on campus at the Florence O. Wilson Bookstore in Lowry Center. Tickets can also be purchased at the door on the evening of the concert.

Additional information about the concert and ticket sales is available by calling 330-264-9371.