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Enjoy the sounds of the season

By MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@southwesttimes.com

If the spring-like temperatures are making it hard to get into the Christmas mood, take some time out of your busy schedule Sunday to enjoy a Christmas concert at Pulaski Theatre.

Blacksburg Community Band will return to the theatre this Sunday at 4 p.m. for its second Christmas concert at the venue. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.pulaskitheatre.org. For a detailed list of upcoming events, click on the Facebook link and select “Events.”

This concert will include a number of seasonal favorites that will be sure to get everyone in the holiday spirit. The performance will open with “A Christmas Festival,” which is a collection of Christmas songs originally written for the Boston Pops.

Other selections include “Green Sleeves;” a more contemporary and unique blend of tradition songs, “Overture to a Winter Festival;” a collection of Chanukah songs, “A Chanukah Celebration;” the ever-popular “Sleigh Ride;” and other holiday favorites.

The concert will end with the audience joining in a sing-along.

Blacksburg Community Band Inc. is a nonprofit, all-volunteer community organization formed in 1989 through Blacksburg Parks and Recreation. The band averages 25 concerts throughout the New River Valley each year and reaches more than 7,000 people.

Band objectives are to allow members to renew past interests in music, to provide a band opportunity for musicians who never had a chance to play in a band and to provide live concerts for those who usually cannot afford to attend a live performance.

Blacksburg Community Band is directed by Ed Schwartz, a Chicago-area native who is employed by Virginia Tech and has an extensive background in music.

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