Singers, dancers, musicians celebrate season

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Singers, dancers, and musicians promise delightful entertainment at the family-friendly Community Christmas Concert, hosted by the Oliver Community Arts Council. Between sets, members of the audience have a chance to win prizes during the popular quiz, and children leave with a goodie bag.  The fun begins at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday November 30. Venue: Oliver Alliance Church. Admission is by donation. Both cash and can are gratefully accepted. Proceeds go to the Oliver Food Bank.

The variety show celebrates both sacred and secular winter festivities. The programme ranges from traditional carols, to modern compositions, to a humorous narration, to popular dance. Lively quizzes will test the audience’s knowledge of seasonal traditions around the world.

What would Christmas-time be without child-like joy and wonder? Keeping that in mind, talented youthful performers will fill the show with song and dance. The OES Handbell Team, under the direction of Lori Martine, opens the concert with sparkling crystal tones. Their program includes classic music from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker and closes with Jingle Bells of course!

The Sage Valley Voices offer tantalizing samples from their December concert: three modern pieces including Starry Night and How Quietly. After you hear these, you’ll want to attend their full concert!

Several soloists and duos are generously donating their talents to the concert. Entertainer Mat Duffus provides some tropical warmth with Feliz Navidad, and Matthew Thomas sings First Christmas. The gentle classical guitar of Jeremy Cook sets a meditative mood with Joy to the World. Mikie Spillett and Ken Repkow will add a touch of country to some popular selections including Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah. Chuckle at the funny side of The Twelve Days of Christmas with a narration by JoAnn Turner.

The cheerful OES Chorus will bring out the smiles with Rollerskatin’ Reindeer, Winter Fantasy and The Snow Lay on the Ground. The Vintage Voices men’s chorus sing two a cappella selections: Winter Wonderland and White Christmas. What songs could be more appropriate after a snowfall?

The energetic Oliver Dance Studio troupe will bound on stage with a variety of performances from lyrical, to hip hop, to jazz and ballet, under the tutelage of Leah Moen-Garcia.

Prizes for both adults and children have been generously donated by Your Dollar Store with More, Osoyoos. All children will receive a goodie bag, courtesy of The Bargain! Store in Oliver.

Come for the music. Stay for the fun. Leave with goodies and prizes. See you there – with bells on!