New tunes at Community Band concert
With Christmas in the air, those looking for some live music and festive tunes are invited to the Williams Lake Community Band’s annual concert.
On Friday, Dec. 8 the band, alongside the Angelkeys Music Studio will be putting on a concert filled with Christmas cheer and holiday music at City Hall.
This year, the Community Band will be playing a full complement of Christmas songs, new and old, featuring pieces from the Grinch, a Mariah Carey Christmas arrangement, and a compilation of Christmas tunes from the hit TV show Glee.
Guest singer Harry Jennings will also take the stage with the band.
Interspersed with music from the community band will be music from the Angelkeys’ Children’s Choir, as well as her Just for Fun Adult group and the teen group called Coda.
“Invite your friends,” says Margaret Waring, a flutist and a representative of the band.
The band has been preparing for the concert since the beginning of November and promises all new music for this year’s concert.
“It’s all new music we are playing — modern and traditional,” she says.
The band practices every Thursday and is always looking to attract more members.
After performances by both the community band and the choirs, the group will invite the audience to join them in a sing-along for a number of Christmas carols.
The concert starts at 7 p.m. on Dec. 8 and entry is by donation to the Salvation Army Food Bank — both canned goods and monetary donations will be accepted.
With the space at city hall donated, all proceeds from the event will be going to the food bank.
TubaJohn Concert a holiday favourite
The 12th annual TubaJohn Christmas Concert will be taking place on Wednesday, Dec. 13. at St. Andrews UnitedChurch.
With its roots being a humble quartet of tuba musicians, the musicians playing in this concert have expandedthroughout the years into a brass brand, the TubaChristmas Brass Ensemble are joined by the Cariboo Men’sChoir, Quintet + and the Synergy Quartet for this festive concert.
With the name taken from the late “TubaJohn” Sykes, whose enthusiasm for music was effusive, the concert isalways a holiday hit.
Brass ensemble director Rocco Catalano says they’ve played through a blizzard and still gotten a decent crowd.
“It’s good, fun, and a decent balance with choir groups, men’s and a mixed choir group and a small quartet and the brass and then the sing-along at the end,” he says.
The concert ends with a sing-along including the crowd, but also features another tradition: the choir’s HallelujahChorus.
This year, the four groups will sing and play a special song Catalano found in a book gifted to him: Christmastime on the Range.
“I thought that’s pretty good considering what we’ve been through in the Cariboo Chilcotin and so we’re going to try a little something out,” says Catalano, adding they’re hoping to dedicate it to the people of the CaribooChilcotin.
The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and admission is by cash or food donation to the Salvation Army.
*An earlier version of this story said Tuesday, Dec. 13 for the TubaJohn concert. The correct date is Wednesday, Dec. 13.