Community band concert to usher in the holiday season

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Pennyrile Area Community Band presents its annual Christmas concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Performing Arts Center inside Christian County Middle School. This is a free event and donations will be welcomed. The event will include family-friendly Christmas tunes plus a few surprises.

Usher in the Yuletide season with a free concert featuring classic and new Christmas carols performed by the Pennyrile Area Community Band.

The second annual Christmas concert is slated for 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Performing Arts Center inside Christian County Middle School, 215 Glass Ave.

"It's a holiday mix of pieces a lot of people are going to recognize," said director Scott Estes. "Some of them are a little more classical in nature."

Among the classics included in the family-friendly, hour-long concert will be "Silent Night," "A Charlie Brown Christmas," "Dashing Through the Snow" and "The Carol of the Bells."

"That's an annual favorite and a lot of people know. You hear it on TV a lot with commercials," he said. "It's just a great piece of music."

Estes said the performance includes two pieces by composer Leroy Anderson.

"We're doing the classic 'Sleigh Ride,' " he said. "He also did a piece called 'Christmas Festival' that we're doing. It's played a lot with concert bands because it's a medley that's got all the tunes in there. There's 'Silent Night,' 'Jingle Bells.' There's probably 10 or 15 different tunes in there."

Another less familiar song to be played will be "A Medieval Christmas."

"It's based on some carols out of Europe," he said. "That's a three-movement work."

A couple of songs played in "Holiday Mashup" may prompt the audience to sing along with the music.

"It's two tunes -- 'Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas' and 'Jingle Bell Rock,' " he said. "That's based on the version that the television show 'Glee' did."

One of the selections -- 'Twas the Night Before Christmas' -- will include a narrator.

"In this version, they read the poem and we inject music into it to illustrate what's being said in the poem," he said.

The community band includes 50 local and area musicians playing woodwinds, brass and percussion instruments, Estes said.

"We've got a few middle school students all the way up to people that are in their 80s and everything in between. We're all different ability levels," he said. "We've got some band directors from the area that play in the group and just about every profession is represented. It's just a great mix of ages and professions and ability levels."

Estes invites the community to join the band in ushering in the holidays.

"We're a really good group of players who give good performances that are entertaining," he said. "We want this to be a way people can kick off their Christmas season. We would love to invite (everyone) out to come get into the Christmas spirit."

Reach Michele Vowell at 270-887-3242 or mvowell@kentuckynewera.com.

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