Community Band extends the holiday
Thomaston — Midcoast Community Band will extend the holiday season by presenting a free concert of Christmas music Sunday, Jan. 5, at 2 p.m. in the sanctuary of Thomaston Baptist Church, 212 Main St./Route 1. The concert originally was scheduled for Dec. 21.
Jo Anne Parker, director of the 30-piece ensemble since 1987, will lead the band through a variety of holiday music. The band will play “A Christmas Festival” by Leroy Anderson, a medley of carols; “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 an arrangement of the Spanish carol “Fum, Fum, Fum” that features the trumpet section of Bruce Cole, Mark Lewis, Harvey Rudisaile, Keith Cramer, Chris Stickney and Wayne Sawyer.
On the lighter side will be Anderson’s familiar “Sleigh Ride”; “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”; 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 along 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).
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 email@example.com.