holiday celebration featuring music from the Middlesex Concert
Band and friends.
December 14 at 3:00 pm
will open at 2:00 p.m.; come early for the best selections
at the bake sale.
"The Voke": Northeast Metropolitan Regional Vocational
100 Hemlock Road, Wakefield, MA
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.
music will include:
- 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
Baptist Church of Wakefield's Handbell Choir
Ding, Dong, Merrily on High -
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!
Tickets are $15 adult; $12
seniors; under 12 free
Call the MCB Box Office
at 781-670-7662 or Email
for more information
or purchase tickets at the door.
The Voke: Northeast Metropolitan Regional Vocational
100 Hemlock Road, Wakefield, MA
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