Jewel Winds Christmas
“Jewel Winds Christmas” returns to Rome Art and Community Center on Friday evening, December 1 for a free, community holiday concert. The program is by arrangement with Alliance Classical Players and begins at 7 pm. It features many well-known holiday and seasonal selections. Lively melodies such as The 12 Days of Christmas, Winter Wonderland and Santa Claus is Coming to Town will be performed alongside familiar carols like O Come, O Come Emanuel, Bring a Torch Jeannette Isabella, and Still, Still, Still. There will also be music from the film White Christmas, a selection from Handel’s The Messiah and an audience sing-along of Christmas tunes. “From Deck the Halls to We Wish You a Merry Christmas, and everything in between, this family-friendly concert will contain a great many seasonal favorites,” noted Jewel Winds clarinetist, Colleen O’Neil. “There is something for everyone to enjoy. The musical selections will be interspersed with short poems reflecting the ambiance and joy of the season, making the performance even more special. And, capping off the evening, there’s a post-concert reception to which all are invited.” Jewel Winds is a long-standing woodwind quintet whose members are all musicians with Alliance Classical Players, a professional chamber music ensemble based in Rome, NY. Besides O’Neil, the remaining members of Jewel Winds are Cornelia Brewster, flute; Janelle Bookhout, oboe; Judy Marchione, bassoon; and Claire McKenney, French horn. The musicians note that Rome Art and Community Center looks even more beautiful than usual, as it is highly decorated for the Christmas season. The performers can think of no better way to start off the month of December than to join them for this free concert event. The concert is presented with funding support from CNY Arts, The Music Performance Trust Fund, The Sears Family Foundation and Syracuse Sounds of Music Association. For more information, visit Alliance Classical Players and Jewel Winds on Facebook, or call Rome Art and Community Center at 315-336-1040.