The annual holiday concert of the Inland Northwest Musicians features a variety of ensembles playing holiday music, including traditional and contemporary songs.
“The Carols of Christmas” will be performed Saturday at Echo Community Center, 20 N. Bonanza., and Sunday at Connell High School, 1100 W. Clark Road, Connell, Washington. Both concerts are free of charge, but donations are accepted. A reception follows each concert.
Due to the popularity of the Echo concert and the limited number of seats, those planning to attend are encouraged to reserve tickets by contacting 541-289-4696 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Salli Ketchersid, publicity coordinator, said those attending the Connell performance do not have to make a reservation.
Under the direction of R. Lee Friese, the program includes pieces performed by the orchestra, the chorale and the combined orchestra and chorale.
Numbers performed by the orchestra include “A Canadian Brass Christmas,” piece that includes “Ding Dong Merrily on High,” “I Saw Three Ships,” “The Huron Carol” and “Here We Come A-Wassailing.” It’s arranged by Luther Henderson and adapted for orchestral performances by Calvin Custer.
Also on the orchestra’s play list are “Fantasia on We Three Kings, “The Bells of Christmas” and “Concert Suite from The Polar Express.” The latter should provide songs that are familiar to children from the fantasy adventure movie released in 2004.
Among the pieces to be performed by the choral are “Carol of the Drum,” which became popular from “The Little Drummer Boy.” Other songs include “Candlelight Carol,” “Calypso Carol,” “Fanfare for Christmas Day,” “Velvet Shoes” and “Sleigh Ride.”
The combined ensembles will perform “Grinch! A Christmas Carol Medley, which should appeal to Dr. Seuss fans of all ages. It features “Welcome Christmas,” “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” “and Perfect Christmas Night.”
Founded in 1999, the Inland Northwest Musicians is committed to providing live musical performances to rural audiences. It fosters an atmosphere of encouragement and assists musicians in developing their talent.