By Jane Kaczmer
Special to the Eagle
The Cochrane Music Society is excited about their upcoming Christmas concert, Music of Christmas, on December 14.
“This is one of our group’s two major annual concerts, and we work hard to make it something special each time”, said Henry Bland, society president. The Cochrane Music Society is a 20-year old organization that runs a jazz band, a choir, and a concert band.
The Christmas concert is a chance for all three groups to share the joy of music with their audience.
“When people think about Christmas and winter holidays, music is always one of the things we associate with this time of year. Music has a direct connection to our oldest, fondest memories. This is probably one of the reasons why audiences love to come out and hear us at this time of year,” said Bland.
But it’s not just Christmas music that will be performed. The ensembles are working on several other kinds of music that they plan to share at the performance.
“Our organization makes a point of playing a variety of music from different origins. We’ll be performing a few Christmas favourites, but we’ll also perform some beautiful and interesting non-Christmas pieces too. Trying to find the balance between songs people know, and wonderful less-known pieces is always a challenge for our directors. I think this year, we’ll have a good mix,” said Bland.
The show starts at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 14 at the Bow Valley Baptist Church (54 W Aarsby Rd). The concert is $10 and free for kids 12 and under. Tickets are available at the door, or online at cochranemusic.ca.
A longstanding tradition for the Cochrane Music Society is collecting donations for the Cochrane Food Bank. Concert-goers are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food donation if they are able.