CLAYTON The Clayton Community Band plans a mix of musical styles, ranging from jazz to gospel, for its annual Bringing in the Holiday Spirit concert.
The concert, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, at the Clayton Opera House, will benefit Hospice organizations in Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties.
Gloria Hvizdos Musser, who formed the Clayton Community Band nearly a decade ago, is its director. The concert will feature a variety of familiar holiday music.
The program will include a gospel version of Go Tell It on the Mountain, themes from Peter Illyich Tchaikovskys The Nutcracker, a Mannheim Steamroller arrangement of Cantique de Noel (O, Holy Night), a version of We Three Kings called Three Jazzy Kings and a lively Latin arrangement called Good King Wence-Salsa!
Richard Badour, a teacher at Belleville Henderson Central School, will be solo vocalist, accompanied by the band as they perform Grown-Up Christmas List, a song popularized by Amy Grant.
Another solo vocalist, band member Linda Raville, will be featured on a new selection by the band: The Ultimate Christmas Sing-Along.
In addition to well-known Christmas favorites, the concert will also include The Many Sounds of Christmas, comprising than a dozen familiar holiday songs and traditional carols.
Audience members also will hear a piece which pairs The First Noel and Johann Pachelbels well-known Canon in D, a new arrangement of What Child is This? and Welcome Yule!, which incorporates two well-known English holiday tunes: The Wassail Song and The Sussex Carol.
The concert also will include O Come, All Ye Faithful, and And He Shall Be Named Emmanuel.
A band official said that audience members should be aware of a new ticket policy at the opera house. Tickets now correspond to specific seats.