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The timelessness of holiday music

John Akal
Posted 11/30/15

The Holiday Season is a time for joy and celebration but it wouldn’t be complete without sharing the joy of music. When you think about it, one of the first indicators that it’s “that time of year” again is hearing strains of familiar …

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Avenue Flashes

The timelessness of holiday music

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The Holiday Season is a time for joy and celebration but it wouldn’t be complete without sharing the joy of music. When you think about it, one of the first indicators that it’s “that time of year” again is hearing strains of familiar Christmas carols popping up on T.V. and in the background while you are shopping. Of course, nowadays, it’s also accompanied by pictures of a car with a giant red bow on top of it. For years now, I’ve been trying to find out exactly where you would be able to get a bow made from two foot wide ribbon. I guess they would have one at some kind of place that sells stuff for store displays, you used to see them at the big department stores too.

I get a little bit nostalgic at this time of year and start thinking about how things were in days gone by. My grandmother was born back in 1892. That’s right, eighteen-ninety-two. That’s one hundred and twenty three years ago. She used to tell stories about how the family celebrated Christmas and they always involved music. Back in her day almost everyone played some kind of musical instrument or could sing pretty well. Piano, organ, accordion, guitar, mandolin, violin, even the “mouth organ” which is a term you don’t hear much anymore. That’s what they used to call a harmonica.

Throughout her life she saw almost all of the wonders of the modern world come into existence. Phonographs and the first recorded music, radio, electric lights, telephones, motion pictures, automobiles, airplanes, television … the list goes on and on. By the time she passed away in 1979 there was a man on the moon and computers had started taking over.

So, when she would remember her childhood holidays the stories usually included people sitting in the “parlor” singing Christmas carols around the piano with everyone that could play an instrument joining in. That was entertainment back in those days.

Well, you can still participate in that kind of thing and experience the joy that comes from festive music. In fact, you can do it on a pretty grand scale and sing along with an entire symphony orchestra!

On Saturday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. the Jefferson Symphony will be presenting it’s annual holiday concert at the Green Center, 924 16th Street, in Golden on the Colorado School of Mines campus. They will be playing a load of favorites, from Sleigh Ride to Silent Night and always have a finale where they invite the audience to sing along.

This year’s concert will feature two of their favorite guest artists, Lyric Soprano Kara Guggenmos and Tenor Brian Stinar.

It will also include an extra special treat for the kids in the audience. They will be performing Benjamin Britten’s The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, complete with narration. That’s a rather whimsical musical journey through all the instruments with a story line accompanying it. It’s actually a fun thing for people of all ages.

Tickets for the concert run $25 for adults, $20 for Seniors with discounts for students and children. You can order them or find out more information by checking out their website at www.jeffsymphony.org or by calling (303) 278-4237.

Experience the 1800s

This year you can check out something new. The Clear Creek History Park at 1020 11th Street here in Golden will be featuring holiday lights illuminating the buildings both inside and out from Dec. 3, through Jan 25. You can wander through the park and see what things were like back in the days before everything got so complicated. The lights will be lit every night from sunset to midnight.

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