Expect the unexpected

Concert features traditional tunes in unusual arrangements

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With members of the Steamboat Springs High School Jazz Ensemble being acknowledged by the rest of the state for their talent, it goes without saying their local community should show the same support.

Tuesday night, the high school's concert band and jazz ensemble will perform their annual holiday concert.

What: Steamboat Springs High School Concert Band and Jazz Band Ensemble holiday concert

When: 7 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Steamboat Springs High School Auditorium

Cost: Free; A bake sale and sale of local photographer Jim Steinberg's calendars will be held to benefit the bands.

Band director Ken Crombie put together a program of traditional holiday songs arranged to challenge his students.

"I tried to throw some traditional pieces that people expect in with the unexpected," Crombie said.

The band will play "Sleigh Ride," a medley of British Christmas songs, and "Shalom!" -- a suite of Israeli folk songs.

The jazz band will play "In the Bleak Midwinter," a complex treatment of Gustav Holst's holiday piece written in 1906.

"(In the Bleak Midwinter) is dark, very interesting and beautiful," Crombie said. The piece will feature senior Thorsteinn Skuli Sveinsson on French horn and freshman Kelsey Pierson on oboe.

The Jazz Ensemble also will play a medley of Christmas carols in big band style. They will perform several pieces that may not directly relate to the holiday season but are fun to play, including a cool blues number, "Fat Cats," and "Always and Forever," a Pat Metheny piece that will feature junior Kenyon Brenner on saxophone.

"People should come to this concert to support what we do here at Steamboat Springs High School with our instrumental music program," Crombie said. "We're trying to grow this program, and I think people will be really impressed."

-- To reach Autumn Phillips call 871-4210 or e-mail aphillips@steamboatpilot.com

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