The Corvallis Community Band is getting ready to serve up its annual Christmas cocktail — a mixture of classic yuletide tunes and some more contemporary choices — at its free annual holiday performance, scheduled for Tuesday night at the First United Methodist Church Community Center.
This is one of only two concerts the band performs each year outside the summer confines of Central Park, and the band has enlisted the help of some friends for the show.
The band’s Howard Korn says members of the Willamette Apprentice Ballet will perform during two of the numbers: The perennially peppy “Sleigh Ride” and “March of the Wooden Soldiers.”
A guest conductor, Scott Janes, the director emeritus from Crescent Valley High School, will take the baton for a number of the selections, including “Alleluia” and “Laudamus Te!”
Also on tap: A Mannheim Steamroller arrangement of the “Hallelujah” chorus from Handel’s Messiah and “Home Alone Christmas,” which features music from the popular “Home Alone” movies. Add in a selection of Leroy Anderson songs, “White Christmas” and plenty of other holiday staples, and you can see why Korn is barely exaggerating when he says that the concert should feature just about every Christmas song you might want to hear.
Korn advises attendees to show up early, if possible; this concert typically plays to a packed house.
Coming up next: Three of the ensembles from the band will perform at 2 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library. And the full band is scheduled to perform a winter concert in late February at the LaSells Stewart Center.