.The Orillia Silver Band returns to Parry Sound for its 15th Annual Sleigh Bells & Brass Christmas Concert. The concert takes place on Sunday, December 1, 2019, 2:30 pm at the Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $25.00 for adults, $10.00 for students/children and are available from the Stockey Centre Box Office.
Again this year, the band is donating $2 for every adult ticket ($1 for student/child ticket) to the Parry Sound Rotary Club Christmas Hampers Program. Rotary’s annual drive provides Christmas dinner hampers to over 125 families in the Parry Sound area, identified by the local Salvation Army.
As Neil Barlow, the band’s Music Director and Conductor notes, we aim to please! So there is bound to be something for everyone on the programme. Both new and traditional music of the season will be performed. And it wouldn’t be a Silver Band Christmas concert without “Neil’s Christmas Jukebox”. Audience members are encouraged to call out their favourite Christmas tunes and the brass jukebox comes to life! So come prepared to exercise your vocal chords!
The concert will open with James Curnow’s stirring Christmas montage, Fanfare Jubiloso. The programme includes Christmas Day, a beautiful medley of English carols masterfully assembled by composer Gustav Holst. The band will also perform Morten Lauridsen’s O Magnum Mysterium – a modern work that has already achieved classic holiday status.
The work of Canadian composer Kevin Norbury will be featured with a performance of his Gaudete! – a beautiful treatment of an old French carol. The creativity of popular British composer Philip Sparke will be on offer with his arrangement of Winter Wonderland.