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“A Charlie Brown Jazz Christmas”

12 October 2018

December 21, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
“A Charlie Brown Jazz Christmas”

“A Charlie Brown Jazz Christmas”
It has become a community tradition for audiences of all ages to gather at the Carroll Arts Center for the annual performances of “A Charlie Brown Jazz Christmas.”  The animated movie A Charlie Brown Christmas, with its gentle reminder of the true spirit of the season, has been delighting audiences young and old for over 50 years. After the commercial-free screening of the film on the big screen, the unforgettable Vince Guaraldi jazz score is performed live by the incomparable Eric Byrd Trio. The Carroll Arts Center is pleased to present this popular series of family concerts on Friday, December 21 at 8 pm and Saturday, December 22 at 3 pm & 8 pm.

Each concert will end with a live auction of the charmingly scrawny “Charlie Brown Christmas Tree” complete with red ball ornament and blue security blanket. Audience members can arrive early to buy unique handmade gifts for everyone on their list at the annual Gallery of Gifts in the Tevis Gallery, which will be filled with contemporary arts and crafts by 45+ talented regional artists.

For almost two decades, The Eric Byrd Trio have traveled the world as enthusiastic ambassadors of jazz. Their body of work spans seven unique studio and live recordings on which they take a rigorous, modern approach to standards as well as original compositions, playing with great acuity within the broad and rich jazz tradition. The Trio have been sponsored by the United States Embassy as Kennedy Center/U.S. State Department Jazz Ambassadors touring South America, Central America, the Caribbean, Eastern & Western Europe, and the Middle East. Trio members Eric Byrd (piano) Alphonso Young, Jr. (drums) and Bhagwan Khalsa (bass) are energetic, masterful musicians of modern jazz.

Guaraldi was born in 1928 and was known as “Dr. Funk” by his compatriots in San Francisco.  He began performing as a piano player in college and quickly rose through the jazz scene.  His career exploded after his performance at the 1st annual Monterey Jazz Festival where audiences were on their feet after hearing his blues riffs.   National prominence was just around the corner the following year when he composed the Grammy Winning “Cast Your Fate to the Wind.” He and master cartoonist Charles Schultz collaborated on 15 animated features. Guaraldi’s smooth trio compositions — piano, bass and drums — perfectly balanced Charlie Brown’s kid-sized universe.  Sprightly, puckish, as well as somber and poignant, his gentle riffs established musical trademarks which, to this day, still prompt smiles of recognition. Guaraldi and “Peanuts” was a perfect match.

Tickets are $14 for adults; $10 for ages 25 & under and ages 60 & up. CCAC Members get additional 10% off. Please note that Patron Passes cannot be honored at this event. The performances are sponsored by Woodhaven Building & Development. The Carroll Arts Center is located at 91 W. Main Street in downtown Westminster.  Online tickets and more info at www.CarrollCountyArtsCouncil.org or call 410/848-7272.