Concord community members are warming up their vocal chords for a holiday concert series in Pleasant Hill that opens this weekend.
The family-friendly performances will feature modern interpretations of classic American holiday songs, according to Brett Peppo, chair of the music department at Diablo Valley College.
“We’ve chosen a diverse program, from the mystically beautiful contemporary piece, Sure, On This Shining Night, to beloved songs of the season that are like old friends,” Peppo said. “Some of them are dressed up in unexpected ways. And a jolly old gentleman in a red velvet suit will join us to be part of the fun.”
The Diablo Valley College Department is hosting the concerts and invited many local musicians and singers.
Monte Bairos will conduct the DVC Symphonic Band; Bret Peppo will conduct the Concert Chorale and Chamber Singers. Chris Emigh will lead Concord High School’s Ladies First, which you can hear in the video attached to this post.
Monica Madern joins the show to conduct Northgate High School’s Bella Voce.
The concerts begin at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, December 6 and 7, 2013, in DVC's Performing Arts Center, located at 321 Golf Club Road in Pleasant Hill. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door.
Proceeds from ticket sales go towards the Diablo Valley College Music Department, according to Peppo, who was especially pleased with how the concerts bring the community together.
“Both performers and audience members of all ages get to participate in the 'aliveness' of live music... encouraging music as a rewarding experience in life-long learning," he said.
For tickets, call the DVC Ticket office at 925-969-2358 or visit DVCMusic.net.
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