The Cascadia Wind Ensemble, shown here at a past concert, hosts their Christmas Party concert at Matsqui Centennial Auditorium this Sunday. (Abbotsford News file photo)

Cascadia Wind Ensemble performs Christmas Party concert

Event on Sunday, Dec. 23 features guest appearance by ‘Elvis’

Cascadia Wind Ensemble holds a Christmas Party concert on Sunday, Dec. 23 in Abbotsford.

The performance begins at 3 p.m. at Matsqui Centennial Auditorium, 32315 South Fraser Way.

The concert features a variety of Christmas music. Special guests include Dr. Ed Lewis on trumpet, who will perform both elegant and jazzy Christmas selections.

And Elvis will be in the house – that’s Jeff Bodner as the Essence of Elvis.

There will also be refreshments and an opportunity to sing carols.

Tickets are $18 for adults; $13 for veterans, students and seniors; and $40 for the whole family.

They are available at the door, online at Cascadia-christmas-18.eventbrite.ca and at King’s Music in Abbotsford and Chilliwack.

The ensemble also offers a package of tickets for the 2018/19 concert season, including the Christmas Party concert, Luck o’ the Irish on March 10 and Cascadia Goes Country on June 9.

They can also be purchased online or at King’s Music.

The Cascadia Wind Ensemble was formed as a non-profit society in 2013 by Shannon Goldsmith to give adult and youth musicians an opportunity for performance of great concert band repertoire.

In the last year, Cascadia has presented formal concerts in Abbotsford and has performed in community events in Chilliwack, Mission, Hope, Abbotsford and Delta.

The ensemble was awarded a gold standing and trophy for Outstanding Community Band at the 2017 Kiwanis Fraser Valley International Music Festival.

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