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December 17, 2012

Swing into Christmas with the big band sounds of John Tesh

WILLIAMSPORT — Horn of plenty takes on a new meaning Wednesday when the big, brassy sounds of trumpets and trombones fill the air at the Community Arts Center with John Tesh and his “Big Band Christmas.”

“One of the best things about Christmas is the music and this show features all the classic songs people know and love as well as some favorites of mine all performed with a terrific band and a great horn section,” said Tesh during a recent phone interview from his home in Los Angles. 

“The audience gets involved with the show and we always have couples come down in front of the stage and dance. It’s one of those shows that is great for everyone from the grandparents to the grandkids.”

Tesh noted it’s not uncommon for a couple of sweethearts to end up getting engaged on stage.

While romance might be in the air for some, the holiday spirit will touch everyone as Tesh, on vocals and piano, performs such classics as “Jingle Bells,” “Let it Snow,” “We Wish You the Merriest” and “White Christmas,” with the later carol giving him fond memories of his childhood on Long Island.

“When I was growing up, we still had blizzards each winter and there always seemed to be one right around Christmas so you would have to shovel a path for Santa to get to our house,” he said. “Now that I live in Los Angles, Christmas is a little different without the snow and cold weather. Since my wife is Italian, we tend to follow Italian customs and have all the family over and have a huge Christmas dinner that goes on for hours.”

His performance in Williamsport Wednesday marks the last stop for his Christmas tour which found him crisscrossing the country for several hectic weeks.

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