Seasonal music to soothe and excite

A roundup of music, theatre and art events in the local area.

Holiday Train in Ashcroft this week

The CP Holiday Train will be stopping in Ashcroft (Railway Ave.) on Thursday, Dec. 17. The train provides a wonderful show of lights and fabulous live entertainment. as well as much neededsupport for our local Food Bank.

The train is scheduled to arrive at 8:50pm with performers Jim Cuddy from Blue Rodeo, Devon Cuddy and Kelly Prescot. Mark your calendars now to attend this annual event.

Members of the South Cariboo E. Fry Society will be there to accept donations of food and cash for the local food bank.

The Holiday Train will be in Savona Thurday night at 7:20-7:45 before leaving for Ashcroft, and it will be in Lytton on Friday after leaving Ashcroft, at 1-1:25 pm.

Sage Sound Singers Christmas

The 22-member Choir will be performing on Friday, Dec. 18 at the Crossroads Pentecostal Church on Stage Rd. in Cache Creek.

The Choir will be singing 11 songs, including old Christmas favourites like I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day, Parade of the Wooden Soldiers and The Little Drummer Boy.

The Choir’s musical director is Michell Reid; Carmen Ranta is the conductor.

Pianist Dimiter Terziev will perform Rhythmic Movement by the Bulgarian composer Pancho Vladigerov; and the Desert Bells Ringers hand bell choir will perform a delightful selection of Christmas music.

The concert begins at 7 pm. Admission is by donation.

Candy Cane Family Dance Dec. 19

It’s a Christmas Family Dance not to miss on Dec. 19 at the new HUB Gym from 6:30pm – free admission with great music, cash concession, photo opportunity and all sorts of fun! Come dressed in your Christmas best!!!!

Brought to you by the Rotary Club of Ashcroft/Cache Creek in partnership with Interior Savings Credit Union Ashcroft! This is a family event! Come dance your heart out!

New Years Eve in Spences Bridge

Tickets are selling fast for the annual New Year’s bash at Clemes Hall in Spences Bridge! Richie and the Fendermen will have the dance floor jumping with old time rock and roll, and to help get into the spirit there is a ‘50s dress theme!

Cash prizes will be awarded to the best Graffiti style outfits. Snacks are served all evening, and hats, noise makers and Champagne handed out at midnight to ring in 2016.

Doors open at 8, dance starts at 9, tickets available at The Packing House, The Inn, and the Post Office. There are rooms available at a discount at The Inn next door for any out of towners, or locals that may want to only wander a few steps to bed…..

The Nautical Miles kicks off new year

The Nautical Miles, a rollicking seven piece folk/rock band from Vancouver will kick off WRAPS’ Concert Series in January. Whether collaborating with jazz artists for mash-up performances, with visual artists for a year-long song-blog, with bluegrass bands or brass quintets, The Nautical Miles continue to push the boundaries of contemporary Canadian folk music.

They will be performing at the Crossroads Pentecostal Church, 1551 Stage Rd. in Cache Creek on Saturday Jan. 16.

Celebrate the Easter weekend with the beautiful and transcendent music of extraordinary Celtic Harpist and Vocalist Caroline McKay.

This Kelowna musician creates a space where the mystery of harp and the magic of voice become one. Tender Celtic ballads, soul-stirring Spirituals, lively Latin rhythms, original works and classical arrangements are all part of her diverse repertoire.

In April, How Can I Keep from Singing pays tribute to the music of Eva Cassidy – A North American treasure.

The show features two of Vancouver’s finest vocalists, Cayla Brooke and Tom Pickett, and a four-piece band. It tells the story of Eva Cassidy, from her humble beginnings in Washington, DC to her untimely death at 33, showcasing 25 incredible songs, from jazz, gospel, blues, country to folk.

Sarah Hagen, Classical Pianist, will be here in May to give a virtuoso presentation of classical piano music. Sarah has been heard in concert halls and on the airwaves throughout North America and Europe. Her interpretations have been described as “outstandingly inventive,” performed with “infinite skill.” A visionary and an idealist, Sarah’s performances are conceptually innovative, involving photography, dance and spoken word.

Wendy Coomber

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