Originally published Friday, December 1, 2017 at 06:01a.m.
With all five of Yavapai College’s instrumental ensembles appearing in the same concert, Sunday’s Winter Holiday Spectacular is going to be a great afternoon of music, said Director Chris Tenney.
The second year the college has done this kind of performance, it’s something people don’t usually get the opportunity to see, Tenney said.
“They’ll see a concert that has some jazz or a concert that has classical or more serious music,” he said. “This is their opportunity to see all that the instrumental music department has to offer in one afternoon … it’s literally the buffet of everything we’ve got.”
The show starts at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, in the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center, 1100 E. Sheldon St., with the Roughriders and Trailblazers jazz bands kicking it off. They’ll play some holiday charts, jazz standards, some classic tunes and newer music, Tenney said.
Then there’s the concert band, a community based group that includes people either coming back into their instrument after a long time or those more new in their music – along with talented students and community members, the 30-piece symphonic band and finally the 40-piece symphony orchestra performing some pieces from “The Nutcracker,” he said. Each group has about 20 minutes of music they’ve prepared and it’s all holiday themed.
“We’ve got some Christmas, we’ve got some Chanukah, we’ve got some other stuff that’s just really, really going to get you in the Christmas mood,” he said. “There’s something for everybody. There’s some very, very serious intricate pieces both in jazz and concert literature that the real music lovers will dive into and there’s lots of light holiday that can really start your December off with the right mood and the right spirit.”
Tickets are $10 for general admission, free for youth 18 and younger and $5 for Yavapai College faculty, staff and students. Tickets are available at the box office, by calling 928-776-2000 or at the door.
Christmastime is exciting, but with all five of these groups coming together, it takes a long time of thinking about how to program it and draw people’s interest, Tenney said.
“It takes a lot of doing,” he said. “But it’s definitely well worth it when you get to that finished product.”