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Pictou County Community Orchestra holiday concert will feature Christmas favourites

The Pictou County Community Orchestra will be performing on Dec. 1 at First Presbyterian Church in New Glasgow.
The Pictou County Community Orchestra will be performing on Dec. 1 at First Presbyterian Church in New Glasgow. - Contributed

Begin to celebrate the holiday season in style by joining the Pictou County Community Orchestra as they present a concert of holiday and light classical favourites on Saturday, Dec. 1.   

This annual holiday concert will be held this year on Dec. 1 at 4 p.m. in the upper hall of First Presbyterian Church at 208 MacLean St, New Glasgow. 

 Musical Director Ken Henderson will lead the orchestra with a variety of musical offerings, including selections from The Nutcracker Suite by Tchaikovsky, and from Handel’s Messiah, two of the most popular holiday classical pieces.  The Orchestra will also present some light classical variety pieces which will include the Liberty Bell March by John Philip Sousa.  This piece became popular worldwide in the early 20th century when it was composed and performed by the famous Sousa march band that toured extensively around the world.  Henderson will also conduct The Ladies Polka by Hungarian composer Bela Keler.  Further international musical flavour will be offered by the Carol of The Bells which is a traditional Ukranian festive carol.  The orchestra will perform A Fantasia on Greensleeves which was composed and arranged by British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams. 

Special musical guests for this concert will be the Truro Consort.  Consort is a quartet of Truro musicians who enjoy exploring a varied repertoire of music for four recorders coming mostly from the Renaissance and Baroque traditions. The group consists of Susan Greaves, Joy Miller, George Macintosh and Ken Henderson, musicians with a variety of musical experiences and backgrounds. 

It is an annual tradition to have the audient participate in a carol sing-along as part of PCCO Holiday Concerts, and this traditional will continue this year as the audience will be able to sign along to their favourite Christmas carols with the backing of the full orchestra.  This is always an audience favourite part of our concerts and the Orchestra looks forward to engaging with the audience during this concert. 

The Pictou County Community Orchestra has been an outlet for local amateur musicians for the past 30 years and members range in age from teens to seniors.  Our members live in Pictou, Antigonish and Colchester and Halifax Counties and meet weekly during the September – June period to rehearse music for presentation to the public at two or more public concerts each year.  New members are always welcome, so if this interests anyone, they are encouraged to speak to a PCCO member at the concert. 

Tickets for this concert are $10 each or $20 for a family and will be available at the door.  Those attending are requested to use the James Street entrance to the church. 

  

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