Holiday concert features community band, chorus

OROVILLE — The Oroville Community Band and Chorus are teaming up for a special concert of Christmas music for one night only.

The groups will present “A Town Square Christmas” at 7 p.m. Saturday at the State Theatre, 1489 Myers St. in Oroville. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for high school students with student identification and youth in junior high and younger are free.

“It will be good to come out and hear live music again as we continue to struggle through all the shuts downs. It’s a blessing to play and we’re looking forward to the community coming out and enjoying the concert with us,“ said Bob Schofield, band conductor.

The band will open the concert with a selection of eight pieces including “An American Christmas” which Schofield said is a medley of traditional Christmas songs adapted to different “American music styles.”

“One sounds like ‘Stars and Stripes,’ so a march, there’s one set to a rock beat and another set to a jazz beat,” said Schofield.

The 30-member band will also perform “Christmas on the Town Square” which is also a compilation of different Christmas songs.

“It was written by a gentleman who, when he was young, his home town would hold a giant Christmas parade. If you stood in a certain spot in the town square you could hear all bands playing different songs but, in the end, they all played together so it’s a fun piece,” said Schofield.

Following the band, the Community Chorus will perform “All Is Merry, All Is Bright,” “Carol of the Bells” and “Mele Kalikimaka.”

“As a chorus it’s great to be back and wonderful to be singing together again,” said April Taylor, chorus director.

The concert finale will feature both the band and the chorus joining together for “A Christmas Spectacular” and “Christmas on Broadway,” both medleys of Christmas songs.

The concert will end with the Paradise Community Chorus joining the Oroville Community Band and Chorus for the “Hallelujah Chorus.”

“It is a wonderful opportunity to hear good music and be reminded what life is really like, that we don’t have to live in a pandemic world. This is life before pandemic and it feels great,” said Taylor.

Tickets for the event are available in advance at Marcozzi Jewelers, 1511 Myers St.; Comer’s Print Shop, 2008 Lincoln St.; Oroville Chamber of Commerce, 1789 Montgomery St. and through PayPal at occb@live.com. Tickets will also be available at the door.

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