A Community Band Christmas

Dec 13, 2013
Midcoast Community Band

Thomaston — Performing its last concert of the 2013 season, the Midcoast Community Band will present a program of Christmas music Saturday, Dec. 21, at 2 p.m. in the sanctuary of Thomaston Baptist Church, 212 Main St./Route 1. Jo Anne Parker, director of the 30-piece ensemble since 1987, has rehearsed the band in a variety of holiday music especially for this free concert.

From standard carol repertoire, the band will play “A Christmas Festival” by Leroy Anderson, a medley of carols often included in seasonal programs across the country; “Fantasia on God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen” by Robert Washburn; “Fanfare Prelude on Joy to the World”, arranged by Jim Curnow; a wind ensemble arrangement by Daniel Walter of the German carol “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming”; and two medleys of English carols — “An Olde English Christmas,” arranged by John Moss, and “A Vaughan Williams Christmas,” arranged by Douglas Wagner.

Parker also has selected “Themes from the Nutcracker” from Tchaikovsky’s ballet, arranged by Ed Huckeby; “The Normandy Carol,” a setting of “Away in a Manger” in a minor key; “A Christmas Celebration: Christmas Songs from Around the World” including England, Czechoslovakia, Norway, Germany, the Netherlands, Israel and Poland; and a stirring arrangement of the Spanish carol “Fum, Fum, Fum” featuring the trumpet section of Bruce Cole, Mark Lewis, Harvey Rudisaile, Keith Cramer, Chris Stickney and Wayne Sawyer.

On the lighter side will be Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride,” a favorite of audiences; “The Bells of Christmas,” a medley arranged by John Higgins of “Jingle Bells,” “Carol of the Bells” and “Silver Bells”; “Christmas on Broadway” with seasonal songs taken from Broadway shows; “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” a duet featuring alto sax players Caroline Praderio and Ed Pessara; “A Stowaway on Santa’s Sleigh,” a fanciful look at what it would be like to fly on Christmas Eve with Santa all around the world; and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas Concert Medley,” which includes “Welcome Christmas”, “Trim Up the Tree” and “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.”

The audience will have a chance to sing many of their favorites songs of the season with band accompaniment, thanks to a medley of traditional carols; a medley of pop songs such as “Rudolph,” “Silver Bells,” “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”; and, from Handel’s “Messiah,” “The Hallelujah Chorus” (bring a score to sing along).

Donations will be gratefully appreciated, accepted at the door. For more information, contact Parker at 372-6737.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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