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“O Come All Ye Faithful” to Clayton Community Band Dec. 3 Christmas concert


CLAYTON — The Clayton Community Band plans a mix of musical styles, ranging from jazz to gospel, for its annual “Bringing in the Holiday Spirit” concert.

The concert, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, at the Clayton Opera House, will benefit Hospice organizations in Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties.

Gloria Hvizdos Musser, who formed the Clayton Community Band nearly a decade ago, is its director. The concert will feature a variety of familiar holiday music.

The program will include a gospel version of “Go Tell It on the Mountain,” themes from Peter Illyich Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker,” a Mannheim Steamroller arrangement of “Cantique de Noel” (“O, Holy Night”), a version of “We Three Kings” called “Three Jazzy Kings” and a lively Latin arrangement called “Good King Wence-Salsa!”

Richard Badour, a teacher at Belleville Henderson Central School, will be solo vocalist, accompanied by the band as they perform “Grown-Up Christmas List,” a song popularized by Amy Grant.

Another solo vocalist, band member Linda Raville, will be featured on a new selection by the band: “The Ultimate Christmas Sing-Along.”

In addition to well-known Christmas favorites, the concert will also include “The Many Sounds of Christmas,’ comprising than a dozen familiar holiday songs and traditional carols.

Audience members also will hear a piece which pairs “The First Noel” and Johann Pachelbel’s well-known “Canon in D,” a new arrangement of “What Child is This?” and “Welcome Yule!,” which incorporates two well-known English holiday tunes: “The Wassail Song” and “The Sussex Carol.”

The concert also will include “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” and “And He Shall Be Named Emmanuel.

A band official said that audience members should be aware of a new ticket policy at the opera house. Tickets now correspond to specific seats.

the details: “Bringing in the holiday spirit”
WHAT: Clayton Community Band’s “Bringing in the Holiday Spirit” concert
WHEN/WHERE: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, at the Clayton Opera House, 405 Riverside Drive
COST: Tickets are $5. Students accompanied by an adult will be admitted free.
OF NOTE: A band official said that, in accordance with a new ticket policy at the opera house, all concert-goers will need tickets, which correspond to specific seats. Tickets are on sale at the opera house, where the band serves as its resident ensemble.
The box office is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. It will be closed on Nov. 28 and Nov. 29. But it will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 2, the Monday before the concert.
Tickets can be purchased online at
Ticket proceeds will be donated to Hospice organizations in Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties.
Anyone needing extra assistance entering the opera house for the concert is encouraged to call the opera house at 686-2200.
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