Com­mu­nity Band’s Mayor’s Christ­mas Concert is tonight

Lethbridge Herald - - HOMETOWN NEWS | SOUTHERN ALBERTA - Dave Ma­bell

It’s a tra­di­tional triple­header. Three high­pro­file events will re­mind south­ern Al­ber­tans we’re well into the Christ­mas sea­son.

Tonight, it’s the an­nual Mayor’s Christ­mas Concert. Next week­end, the

Leth­bridge Sym­phony Orches­tra

will present two con­certs fea­tur­ing Celtic car­ols. And on Dec. 18,

— now back in the fa­mil­iar Yates Cen­tre — will kick off its sea­sonal run, con­tin­u­ing through Jan. 5.

Ini­ti­ated 27 years ago, in the days of David Car­pen­ter, the Mayor’s Christ­mas Concert is set for 7 p.m. to­day in South­min­ster United Church. The

Theatre Leth­bridge Com­mu­nity Band

or­ga­ni­za­tion’s two en­sem­bles — Sil­ver and Gold — will present sea­sonal favourites and they’ll be joined by mem­bers of the

Ma­grath El­e­men­tary School Choir.

The fam­ily concert will end with the choir and both bands lead­ing the au­di­ence in fa­mil­iar car­ols. For tick­ets, go on­line to or check at the door for any re­main­ing seats. Food or cash do­na­tions to the city’s food banks will be ap­pre­ci­ated.

••• Ed­mon­ton-based a folk and Celtic vo­cal­ist who’s toured the na­tion, will be guest artist for two con­certs — Dec. 16 and 17 — with the sym­phony orches­tra.

“This will be like no concert seen be­fore in Leth­bridge,” pre­dicts

the orches­tra’s ex­ec­u­tive


New West Lizzy Hoyt, Me­lanie


“Lizzy Hoyt is an amaz­ingly tal­ented woman, and so ver­sa­tile.”

Favourite car­ols, fa­mil­iar tunes, Celtic songs, fid­dlers — they’ll all be on the pro­gram at South­min­ster United.

Concert time for the Dec. 16 per­for­mance will be 3 p.m., then 7:30 p.m. for the Dec. 17 re­peat, with tick­ets avail­able on­line at

••• And it’s your “Hit Pa­rade” com­ing up as New West’s win­ter show, with 14 per­for­mances from Dec. 19 to Jan. 5, Wed­nes­day through Satur­day each week — plus the Tues­day opener and their pop­u­lar New Year’s Eve show.

The “young au­di­ences” show, “Mun­sch-o-Rama” will run from Box­ing Day to Jan. 5. New West will be an­nounc­ing more de­tails next week.

••• Here’s a bonus: There’s a “Tu­dor/Vic­to­rian” cel­e­bra­tion planned for Fri­day — com­plete with mince pies, gin­ger­bread, eggnog and mulled wine!


Leth­bridge Shake­speare Per­for­mance So­ci­ety

is stag­ing “Shake­speare Meets Dick­ens,” an imag­i­na­tive event in­clud­ing a per­for­mance of “A Christ­mas Carol” as well as scenes and songs from Shake­speare.

Au­di­ence mem­bers are in­vited to add to the oc­ca­sion by dress­ing in Vic­to­rian or Tu­dor style. The event will be held at Casa, and tick­ets are avail­able there now.

••• Both tra­di­tional and con­tem­po­rary se­lec­tions will be on the pro­gram Mon­day, when the com­mu­nity choir presents its Christ­mas concert, 7:30 p.m. in South­min­ster United. Found­ing di­rec­tor says the evening will in­clude the Pen­ta­tonix a cap­pella group’s mod­ern set­ting for “O Come All Ye Faith­ful” as well as African praise mu­sic and time­less favourites like “Silent Night.”

No need to scram­ble for tick­ets — they’ll be avail­able at the door.

••• A va­ri­ety of choirs will be heard next week­end dur­ing the an­nual Fes­ti­val of Na­tiv­i­ties event at the LDS Chapel near the En­max Cen­tre. Per­for­mances are sched­uled for 7 p.m. on Fri­day, then 3 and 7 p.m. on Dec. 15 and 16.

••• In a city that en­joyed far more “live mu­sic” lo­ca­tions in the past, it’s en­cour­ag­ing to see a new one that’s sup­port­ing lo­cal mu­si­cians. The Hy­dro Lounge is the new name for the lower level at the Wa­ter Tower Grill, and ex­ten­sive ren­o­va­tions have made it a truly unique at­trac­tion.

Car­i­tas Frank Gnandt

And then there’s the view. . . On Fri­day, long­time Leth­bridge artist and mu­si­cian will be back in town to join gui­tar guru and song stylist for an evening of sea­sonal mu­sic and jazz stan­dards. Mu­sic starts about 8 p.m.

Ketch­e­son Law­son

••• Let’s lift a wee dram to salute Leth­bridge-born cinema chore­og­ra­pher whose work can be ap­pre­ci­ated in the cur­rent sea­sonal movie “Anna and the Apoca­lypse.”

Her par­ents, point out she chore­ographed and di­rected the fight scenes, and was also one of the stunt “dou­bles” in the pro­duc­tion. She lives in Toronto, but the movie was pro­duced in Scot­land.

••• Time for our last-minute re­minders:

This af­ter­noon, 2 p.m. is the time for the fi­nal pre­sen­ta­tion of the ra­dio ver­sion of “It’s a Won­der­ful Life.” Di­rec­tor

and a cast of seven — plus sound ef­fects — are stag­ing the event in Im­manuel Lutheran Church on Rocky Moun­tain

Rude Billy McCar­roll Dale Sheena Em­maClaire Brightly,a Fiona and David Miller, Fran

Boule­vard West near Univer­sity Drive. Check for tick­ets at the door.

••• Tonight, the univer­sity-based

en­sem­ble will of­fer a se­lec­tion of works from its eclec­tic reper­toire, re­flect­ing Brazil­ian, African, Chi­nese and Taiko in­flu­ences, plus steel band and cham­ber per­cus­sion styles. The Univer­sity Theatre per­for­mance is set for 7:30 p.m., check for tick­ets.

••• And next Satur­day, Dec. 15, the

Drums Global South­ern Al­berta Eth­nic As­so­ci­a­tion


invit­ing ev­ery­one to a no-charge “com­mu­nity Christ­mas din­ner” at the Mul­ti­cul­tural Cen­tre. En­ter­tain­ment will be­gin at 3 p.m. and din­ner will fol­low about 5 p.m.

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