Musical festivities headline events before Christmas

Concerts, performances fill holiday agenda

Festivities abound this week as Christmas rolls around the corner. Many performances will be held this week that are open to the public. The following are just some of the events and, for more information, watch the Datebook in the Craig Daily Press.

Tonight at 7 p.m at the Moffat County High School (MCHS) auditorium, Todd Sargent and David Hurst will direct the MCHS Jazz Band and MCHS Choir, respectively, in a community festival of the holiday season. Featuring a variety of Christmas music, the jazz band and choir will place the audience in a Christmas splendor in the decorated auditorium.

Sunrise Kids will perform its annual Christmas Around the World celebration at 7 p.m. Thursday. Preschool and students in kindergarten through fifth grade will join together for song and skits for community members. According to Sunrise Kids director and owner Judi Whilden, students will sing and act out various Christmas traditions occurring throughout the world, including places such as France, Norway, Brazil and Mexico.

Sunrise Kids will also sing at Valley View Manor at 10 a.m. on Wednesday.

Musicians from the Colorado Symphony Orchestra will present a free concert for families in Craig and the Yampa Valley at 7:30 p.m. Friday at First Christian Church in Craig. This Denali Ensemble consists of Thomas Heinrich playing cello, Erik Peterson on violin, Philip Stevens on viola and guest Cathy Lum playing flute.

The Denali Ensemble musicians are members of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. According to representatives of First Christian Church, at 960 West Victory Way, the groups strives to bring enjoyable and stimulating classical music to a variety of communities. The music program ranges from the widely popular to rarely performed gems. The concert is free and open to the public.

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