Choir and orchestra ring in Alberni Christmas

The Barkley Sounds Community Choir and Phil’s Harmonics String Orchestra team up for a Christmas concert in Alberni on Sunday, Dec. 4.

“Christmas Everywhere” is the theme this year when the Barkley Sounds Community Choir and Phil’s Harmonics String Orchestra team up for a Christmas concert on Sunday, Dec. 4 at 2:30 p.m. at the Arrowsmith Baptist Church.

The choir, under the direction of conductor Bonnie Wallbank will sing seasonal songs and arrangements of carols from many countries, including France, Italy (Sicily), Germany, England, truly giving the “Christmas Everywhere” title its full meaning.

One number sure to please audiences, says Wallbank, is the song made famous by Andrea Bocelli from Disney’s Christmas Carol, God Bless Us Everyone. Another popular song is Merry Christmas from the movie Home Alone 2.

The orchestra, directed by Philip Wallbank, will play a show-stopper, Christmas Eve in Sarajevo, which skilfully combines God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen and Carol of the Bells with a rock beat. It will feature Cory Miller on castanets and Robert Growcott on violin.  Another violin solo will be heard in the Polish carol arranged by Dexter Wallbank.

The Arrowsmith Baptist Church is located at 4283 Glenside Rd., near Ian Avenue in North Port.  Tickets are $10 and are available at Rollin Art Centre or from choir and orchestra members.