Chelsea House Orchestra kicks off its 20th year with high energy Hometown Show on January 28


Chelsea House Orchestra kicks off their exciting 20th year celebration with the much-anticipated annual Hometown Show on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 7 p.m. at Chelsea High School. This hugely popular annual performance draws fans from southeastern Michigan, and gives local audiences a chance to see why CHO has been in such high demand at events and festivals around the country.

Using traditional stringed instruments, including violins, cellos, and bass, plus wind instruments like clarinets and flutes, as well as lesser known instruments such as the djembe and cajon, CHO’s music is high-energy, lively, and rich with history. Chelsea House Orchestra has gigs year-round for audiences large and small, playing at huge outdoor festivals drawing thousands, to formal stages, and private fundraisers, and everything in between.

In 2016, CHO’s festival performances in the U.S. included the Grand Haven Irish Fest, the Alma Highland Games, Chicago Scots Highland Games, Chelsea Community Fair, and countless others. In July, thanks to the support of the community and fans, CHO had the honor of participating at the Stirling Bridge International Youth Arts Festival in Scotland. CHO toured the country, visiting Stirling, Glasgow, Edinborough, Loch Lomand, The Highlands, Perth, Ayr, and performed at historic and unforgettable places like Stirling Castle, Culzean Castle, Ayr Town Hall, on the streets in Callendar, on stage at the Perth Concert Hall, and many more.

Video: CHO performs “Athena” at Ayr Town Hall, in Ayrshire, Scotland in July 2016:

“CHO was well received everywhere we visited in Scotland,” says Stefanie Dever, publicity chair and for Chelsea House Orchestra. “Audiences were really enthusiastic, and loved the energetic American kids’ take on their traditional music.”

The Hometown Show is a major event that CHO members and local audiences look forward to every year. “When CHO travels from state to state during their performance season, the feedback and buzz at each of these places is incredible. The kids love to be able to share that energy with their own community.”

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With an opening from the talented Beach Middle School Fiddle Club, CHO’s “Celtic with a kick” music combines lively Scottish and Irish traditions and Celtic renditions of American folk songs, with a little Hungarian-inspired music and rock and roll thrown in just for fun.

This year’s show will also feature The Moxie Strings, who are a “foot-stomping, rock-influenced” group who tour all over the U.S., Canada and worldwide. The Moxie Strings includes CHO alumnus and fiddler Diana Ladio, electric cellist Alison Lynn, and world percussionist Fritz McGirr, who put a fresh, enticing spin on Celtic and Americana music.

Celebrating 20 years, the Hometown Show evening will be capped off with a special alumni performance that you won’t want to miss.

Tickets for Chelsea House Orchestra’s Hometown Show are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. They can be purchased at the door, Chelsea Pharmacy (1125 S Main St, Chelsea, MI), or you can send an email to [email protected]. Shirts and CDs will be available for purchase at the event.

About CHO

Founded in 1996, Chelsea House Orchestra is led by maestro Jed Fritzemeier, and comprised of 28 talented musicians from Chelsea High School’s orchestra, band and choir.

CHO is a nonprofit extracurricular group, with members selected by audition. The group is supported solely through performances, sponsorships and CD sales. All money raised goes toward equipment, workshops, recording costs and travel expenses.


A full list of upcoming performances can be found on CHO’s website at


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