STANDISH – The Standish-based East Shore Wind Symphony will ring in the holidays with a festive concert on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m., in the Standish-Sterling Central High School Performing Arts Center, located at 2401 Grove Road in Standish.

“We are thrilled to again present our holiday concert in the collage format which was an overwhelming success last season,” said Doug Burtch, the group’s artistic and music director. “The collage concert is a very fast-paced performance in which the audience and performers are entertained in one continuous setting without applause or announcement from start to finish.”

The 2019 collage marks the second performance for this style in Standish; the first concert of this kind took place at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. in 1976. 

Pieces in a collage program are selected based on variety, then intentionally staged in such a way that you might hear a classical composition, followed by a rock ‘n roll chart topper. According to Burtch, the East Shore Wind Symphony will follow this traditional format. 

“This year, you can expect to hear a classical Bach work followed by a Springsteen classic rendition of ‘Santa Claus is Coming to Town’ featuring former State Representative Joel Sheltrown on tenor sax and East Shore member John Hawkins as Springsteen. Or, maybe you will enjoy the trombone ensemble’s jazzy rendition of ‘Frosty the Snowman,’” he said. 

“Without a doubt, this concert is for everyone – even the most non-concert going of folks can find something to put them in the holiday spirit on December 14!”

Additional performances in Saturday’s concert include vocal works, full band compositions, including “March of the Toys” from “Babes in Toyland” that weaves together various characters from Mother Goose nursery rhymes into a Christmas-themed musical extravaganza. Also making an appearance is the Vehicle City Swing Combo from Flint and the East Shore Big Band.

Symphony membership is comprised primarily of music educators, active and retired, with a few who are enrolled in college programs to become future music educators. Members travel to rehearsals from as far south as Metro Detroit, west from Grand Rapids and as far north as Alpena, Traverse City and other points along the state map. Local members hail from Arenac, Bay, Gladwin, Iosco, Midland, Ogemaw and Saginaw counties.

Tickets are available at the door on the day of performance when the box office opens at 6 p.m. and are priced at $10 for adults and $5 for students. The symphony is sponsored by the Northeast Michigan Arts Council. 

For more information contact the Northeast Art Center at 989- 846-9331 or visit its website at nemiac.org.