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A holiday celebration featuring music from the Middlesex Concert Band and friends.

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Sunday, December 14 at 3:00 pm
Doors will open at 2:00 p.m.; come early for the best selections at the bake sale.

Concert Location:
"The Voke": Northeast Metropolitan Regional Vocational School
100 Hemlock Road, Wakefield, MA

Free refreshments . . . Raffle . . . Bake sale


The First Baptist Church of Wakefield Handbell Choir
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MCB Musical Carolers
MCB brass group
Mr. Ernie Stevens,
guest narrator
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Music Director Mark Olson has put together a program that blends old favorites like Leroy Anderson's "Sleigh Ride" and Ralph Vaughan Williams's setting of "Greensleeves" with new pieces like the Mannheim Steamroller's "Auld Lang Syne" and a jazz arrangement of popular Christmas tunes by Sammy Nestico in "A Fireside Christmas." Other highlights of the program include an inventive new arrangement by David Lovrien of well-known carols in "Minor Alterations: Christmas Through the Looking Glass" and a Christmas-in-the-Round segment that will have the musicians encircling the audience for a special serenade by each instrument section.

The Middlesex Concert Band will be joined by the First Baptist Church of Wakefield's Handbell Choir, under the direction of the church's music director and organist, Donna Burns, who will be featured in a segment of their own before joining the band in a performance of Robert Longfield's "The Bells of Christmas." This moving piece features narration based on the story of how Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote the famous carol," I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day," which will be read by Ernie Stevens.

Stevens, a retired elementary school teacher in Arlington and longtime stage performer, will also narrate a performance of Clement Moore's famous poem, "The Night Before Christmas," set to music by Randol Alan Bass. Stevens recently performed with the Middlesex Concert Band, providing narration for Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf" at their annual children's concert in October, and is excited to be partnering with the group once again.

Each audience member will receive a treat bag with an assortment of holiday cookies and candies and may enjoy a variety of complimentary hot and cold beverages. In addition to the musical entertainment, the afternoon will also feature an extensive selection of homemade packaged baked goods for sale and a raffle of a cookie jar filled to the brim with samples from the bake sale.

Our music will include:

Bells - Ian McDougal
The Eighth Candle
- Steve Reisteter
Sleigh Ride - Leroy Anderson
The Bells of Christmas - Robert Longfield
Minor Alterations (Christmas Through the Looking Glass) - David Lovrien
Ancient Carol Variants
(God Bless Ye Merry Gentlemen) - arr. Chris Bernotas
The Night Before Christmas
(narrated by Ernie Stevens) - Randol Alan Bass
Auld Lang Syne
- arr Chip Davis, Robert Longfield
Fantasia on "Greensleeves" - Ralph Vaughan Williams, arr Douglas E Wagner
A Fireside Christmas (Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, I'll Be Home For Christmas, Frosty the Snow Man, Winder Wonderland, The Christmas Song)- arr Sammy Nestico

First Baptist Church of Wakefield's Handbell Choir music:

Ding, Dong, Merrily on High - arr Wagner
This Glorious Day - Geschke
O Tannenbaum - arr Thompson
Do You Hear What I Hear? - Regney, Shayne, arr Wagner

Come join us for an afternoon of holiday cheer!

Sunday, December 14 at 3:00 pm
Doors will open at 2:00 p.m.; come early for the best selections at the bake sale.

Tickets are $15 adult; $12 seniors; under 12 free

Buy tickets now

Call the MCB Box Office at 781-670-7662 or Email for more information
or purchase tickets at the door.

Concert Location:
The Voke:
Northeast Metropolitan Regional Vocational School
100 Hemlock Road, Wakefield, MA

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