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Karen Kuznek-Reese at the Sequim Civic Center
Civic Center Plaza
The band presents holiday classics and more, including the Christmas favorite “Twas the Night Before Christmas” with the band accenting the narration of the poem with musical interludes.
This concert includes standard pieces of holiday music presented in both classic and unusual ways. One of the very oldest pieces (traced to 1360) of secular Christmas music in western culture is the melody “Greensleeves”. Two modern Irving Berlin favorites – “Happy Holiday / White Christmas” – have been creatively combined by Ted Ricketts.
“The Eighth Candle” by Stephen Reisteter honors the story of Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights.
Turning to a more unusual medley, David Lovrien’s cleverly arranged selection of Christmas standards gives the listener a glimpse into the darker side of Christmas by transposing some of these traditionally light tunes into minor keys. The medley has the interesting title of “Diminished Minor Alterations” – subtitled “Christmas Through the Looking Glass”.