Christmas with Songs, Strings & Steps returns!
Songs Strings and Steps presents “Christmas Stories” on December 20th at Central Heights Church in Abbotsford, and on December 21st at Bethany Baptist Church in Richmond. Crafted by Calvin Dyck and Sylvia Friesen, this popular variety concert combines the talents of the British Columbia Boys Choir, the Abbotsford Youth Orchestra, Fraser Valley Academy of Dance, the Sound Wave hand bell choir and the Jubilate Clarinet Ensemble with costumes, staging and stories.
In addition to the traditional Christmas story and familiar carols, the theme of the production revolves around the book “Carpenter’s Gift”. This story is a heartwarming tale for all ages produced by Habitat for Humanity. Inspired by the story, Calvin and Sylvia decided to make Habitat for Humanity a beneficiary of the concert, and each member of the audience will receive a surprise gift at the end of the concert.
Highlights from the evening will include arrangements of “O Tannenbaum”, “O Little Town of Bethlehem” and “O Holy Night”. The Brass will be featured in “O Magnum Mysterium”, and the boys choir, which toured Europe this past summer, will present a movement from Vivaldi’s “Gloria” as well as the hilarious “Cold and Fugue Season”. Sound Wave hand bell choir is an honour choir from Burnaby that performs with 4½ octaves of Schulmerich Bells and Suzuki Chimes, and will be featured in “Carol of the Bells” and “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day”.
The Abbotsford Youth Orchestra are performing the delightful “Bugler’s Holiday” with choreography while decked out in fun Christmas sweaters. The Jubilate Ensemble, directed by a graduate of the Julliard School in New York – Christopher Lee, will present an up-beat version of “Jingle Bells”. In addition, violinist and conductor Calvin Dyck will be featured as soloist in arrangements by Mel Bowker.
To pull off the production, Sylvia and Calvin have surrounded themselves with a professional technical team to handle lights, sound, costuming, stage design and visual backdrops.
Tickets for this special event are available at House of James or King’s Music, or by clicking on the appropriate button below.