Oh What Fun It Is To Ride To A Holiday Concert With The Community Winds


This weekend, the award-winning Los Alamos Community Winds will once again welcome the Yuletide Season with “Christmas with the Winds” 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 at Crossroads Bible Church.

This year marks a return to the full ensemble in concert.

“We had quite a number of requests to do a full concert featuring the entire ensemble so we decided to bring out some of our favorite works from previous years and present them once again,” LACW Director Ted Vives said.

On the concert are perennial favorites like Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride and A Christmas Festival, but the concert also will have an international flavor featuring seasonal music from Germany, Scotland and England.

A special treat is also in store for the younger members of the audience when LACW presents Robert W. Smith’s Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus set for narrator and band. This charming work is based on the famous letter written by 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon to the editor of the Chicago Sun-Times in 1897. Giving this a particular local twist, LACW will be joined by Los Alamos Monitor Editor Jill McLaughlin.

This heart-warming story is sure to capture the imaginations of young and old alike.

Also on the program will be the Los Alamos Flutes. Formed by members of the ensemble, this choir (which features the rarely used Alto and Bass flutes) will provide a medley of Holiday tunes for your enjoyment.

In addition to old favorites, the concert will also feature newer works such as Stan Applebaum’s Toboggan Ride and A Winter’s Carol by Mark Williams.

Doors open at 2:30 p.m. and admission is free. A suggested donation of $10 per guest is gratefully requested.