The North Coast Symphonic Band and the Liberty Theater team up to present their annual holiday event titled “Joyful Christmas Traditions” at 4 P.M. on Saturday, December 17, at the Liberty Theater, 1201 Commercial in Astoria. Dave Becker is conductor and musical director for a late afternoon concert celebrating familiar and new holiday traditions for audience goers of all ages. Concert organizers hope that community members and North Coast visitors will suspend their holiday shopping and preparations on the last weekend before Christmas to relax and enjoy the best of music inspired by the December holidays. Come early at 3:30 P.M. to enjoy the pre-show of seasonal music by the Astoria Tuba Quartet.
Musical director Dave Becker has selected a program to please the ears and the soul. The concert starts with Leroy Anderson’s classic arrangement of familiar carols in A Christmas Festival. Many of the carols repeat in the sing-a-long finale at the end of the concert in a Steve Reineke arrangement titled Merry Christmas, Everyone. Feature selections for the afternoon include a Jerry Brubaker arrangement of tunes from The Polar Express and The Saint’s Hallelujah combining Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus with When the Saints Go Marching In including solos from several of NCSB's hottest jazz musicians. The North Coast Chorale directed by Dr. Denise Reed will perform a set that includes a Chanukah song Light the Legend, a John Rutter Christmas Lullaby, and Dashing Through the Snow - a Jingle Bell Spectacular.
Special guests for the afternoon include vocalists, a harpist and Santa! Local favorites Deac Guidi and Aleesha Nedd will be featured on vocals on a Dave Robertson arrangement of Frank Loesser’s Baby, It’s Cold Outside. Guidi will narrate a stunning version of The Night Before Christmas arranged by Randol Alan Bass and Nedd will be featured in Irving Berlin’s always popular White Christmas. Cheri Walker of Long Beach will perform a harp solo from Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols and Bob Walters of Ilwaco will return as Santa and lead the finale sing-a-long.
Tickets for the December 17th event are available at the Liberty Theater Box Office, 1203 Commercial, in Astoria, from 2-5:30 PM Wednesday through Saturday and two hours before the performance. Regular admission is $20. Student tickets for those 18 and under are $5. For more information on tickets, visit www.liberty-theater.org. For more information on the North Coast Symphonic Band, visit www.northcoastsymphonicband.org, find us on Facebook or call 503-325-2431.
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