Riverside Jazz band will open the show with a little something for everyone to get us in the holiday spirit and ready to party! Come on a journey with us as we go from fond nostalgia with A Charlie Brown Christmas to attitude with Arnge Drank by Paul Baker, interspersed with music to fall in love to with our amazing vocalist, LeeAnn Davis DeCoteau, singing Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer’s It Had Better Be Tonight and Night and Day by Cole Porter. The band will finally take you to a much-desired hot weather vacation with Scotty Morris’s Mambo Swing!
Songs whose titles and lyrics portray the various colours and lights that we experience in the winter provide the theme for Choral Waves‘ performance. Woodsmoke and Oranges travels “to the land of the silver birch, cry of the loon” that we all know. Irving Berlin’s swing tune, Blue Skies, reminds us how love can turn blue days into blue skies. A Glimpse of Snow and Evergreen visualizes the peace and tranquility of “the cool white hush of fallen snow” on a stand of pine trees. Gordon Lightfoot’s beautiful love song, Song For A Winter’s Night, conjures the loneliness of missing one’s love on a snowy winter night. These songs (plus three more!) illuminate us with the fact that winter can be a source of beauty and truth that can be both startling and comforting.
Band on the Bow is bringing hope, optimism, conquering fear, and joy to the stage, with music that ranges from the familiar to deeply imaginative. Steven Bryant’s composition, Aloft, evokes the relentless pursuit of powered flight by the Wright Brothers as well as the broader sense of persistence and elation during any creative act. Keystone, by Matt Neufeld (Winnipeg) who loves to play Mario Kart, is upbeat, engaging music that will boost your mood and energy. Night Highway was inspired by composer Nicholas Ryan Kelly’s many late-night journeys along British Columbia’s precarious mountain highways. The music captures both the restless energy of vehicles in motion and the strange melancholy of traveling alone late at night, with the mountains looming above and the lights of Vancouver gleaming far below. Christmas Toons is a trip down memory lane featuring music from your favorite childhood cartoons arranged by Julie Giroux.
The winter season is brim full of holidays and traditions. Come and celebrate the magic of this time as Cochrane Music Society warms you with fantastic music!
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Remember to bring Food Bank donations!