STERLING — Come and see the sounds of Christmas! That may be an odd sentence but it’s a great command as Sterling College Choirs and Bands present their respective Christmas Concerts this weekend. “Come and See” is the title of the Sterling College Choirs Concert which will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, at the United Presbyterian Church, 309 N. Broadway, in Sterling. “The Sounds of Christmas” is the title of the Sterling College Bands Christmas Concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, in Culbertson Auditorium on the college campus.
The Saturday night concert will feature both the Sterling College Choir and Highland Singers under the direction of music faculty member Marisa Callan. The performance will include a mix of both sacred and secular Christmas songs including some written and arranged by recent guest artist Connor Smith.
The Sunday afternoon concert will feature the Symphonic Band along with the Jazz Band and the Flute Trio. The band concert will feature the familiar “Twas the Night Before Christmas” with narration by Dr. Mark Watney from the College English department and two songs by the popular Christmas instrumental group the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
Sterling Band Director Larry Brownlee said, “This is a great way to start the Christmas season. There will be plenty of Christmas music, both traditional and contemporary arrangements, plus a couple jazz arrangements of Christmas tunes and our flute trio including a soprano, alto, and bass flute. Something for everyone.”
The band concert will also feature some vocal music this year. The Sterling Symphonic Chorale will join the band for an arrangement of Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” An acapella arrangement of “Silent Night,” from the upcoming theatre production of All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 will also be presented. Plus, an audience sing-along of “Joy to The World” will be included.