Celebrate the season with music

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

No matter what tunes soothe your savage breast, there's plenty of live music happening for the holidays, from swing to country, time-honored carols to Native American tradition. So buy a ticket, pull up a chair, and let the music sweep you into that easygoing holiday mood.

  Worn out from the tour of homes? Get that blood pumping again with a night of dancing to the smooth and swingin' sounds of the Jack Mitchell Quintet at the Christmas Ball, Sat. Dec. 1, at the Basin Park Hotel ballroom. Later in the week, the Carroll County Orchestra will bring back that big band sound with two concerts: Dec. 3 at the Carroll Electric Pioneer room in Berryville, and Dec. 10 at the Holiday Island clubhouse. These local musicians play a host of holiday hits, and wow the crowds with their 'Bossa Nova Christmas.'

  For a country Christmas, seek out the Pine Mountain Jamboree and Ozark Mountain Hoe-Down for down-home holiday celebrations sure to keep your toes tapping. The Pine Mountain Jamboree will be open every night except Sundays through Dec. 8, and the Ozark Mountain Hoe-Down will feature their Christmas show on Friday and Saturday evenings through Dec. 8.

  Traditional Christmas sounds are the centerpiece of the Great Passion Play's musical events; shows at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. feature the Texans, a Christian musical group. Shows are held every Friday and Saturday evenings through Dec. 15. To hear the soaring harmonies of Christmas choral music, enjoy the Ozarks Chorale Winter Concert and their 'Old-Fashioned Christmas', 7:30 p.m., Sat., Dec. 8 at the City Auditorium.

  The holiday music season wraps up with two local favorites: the Home for the Holidays concert, Fri. Dec. 14 at the City Auditorium, which features local musicians, entertainers and a community sing-along, and John Two-Hawks in concert with Native American flute music, 7:30 p.m., Sat., Dec. 15, also at the Auditorium.   For info on concerts at the City Auditorium, call 888-855-7823. For more info on any of these holiday events, visit www.eurekasprings.org.

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