Kicking off their seasonal holiday concert at the Woodlands in Hot Springs Village, the Hot Springs Concert Band opened the night with their traditional honor The Star Spangled Banner. It was a big concert launch with A Christmas Festival, featuring a dozen Christmas favorites.
Candlelight Carol, honored a vision of Saint Bridget of Sweden at the age of 10 and saw a newborn Jesus. It was a melody of singing angels followed by A Most Wonderful Christmas, arranged by Robert Sheldon, and later Frank Sinatra changed the lyrics to “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”.
Listen ! The Herald Angels Sing was conducted by none other than Maestro Phillip Wilson, with his own arrangement. Wilson, a resident of New Mexico, considers HSV his second home. âMy former student Millie (Gore Lancaster) who plays in this band, has been like my daughter for 60 years and I spend time every year with her and her husband,â Wilson said.
Many spectators loved the music from A Charlie Brown Christmas and Bell Carol to the Big Band.
The Winds section was presented performing the cheerful interpretation of including, Christmas Winds Overture and Cold Thoughts joining In the Bleak Midwinter
The seasonal “Christmas” closed the concert with the final compositions, Christmas, Don’t Be Late, White Christmas, We Need a Little Christmas and It’s Christmas, the mix of classics as Dr. Hamilton led the audience to sing along.
Sponsors and licensors of the 2021 event as follows: Arkansas Art Council, William L. Kerst Community First Trust, HS / HSV Symphony Guild, Yoakum Lovell & Company, F. Thomas Curry, Young’s Lakeshore RV Resort, Pinnacle Place Storage, Lakeside School Band, Fountain Lake and Weyerhaeuser High School.
For more information on the Hot Springs Concert Band, visit their website at https://www.hotspringsband.org/.