The Langley Ukulele Ensemble's Senior A group will be joined by members of the Senior B players as they present Themes of Christmas.

Langley Ukulele Ensemble presents Themes of Christmas

Trio of holiday concerts planned in Langley, Abbotsford and Richmond

They’re just four simple strings. But, placed in the right hands, there isn’t much they can’t do.

Members of the Langley Ukulele Ensemble will once again demonstrate the huge potential of the little instrument as they present Themes of Christmas.

Whether it’s Santa Claus, snowflakes or silver bells, the most familiar sights and sounds of the holiday season will be brought to life on stage by  45 young musicians, who range in age from 13 to 20 years old.

“There are lots of classics — we’re sticking with those,” said LUE director Paul Luongo of the pieces the ensemble will perform during three Christmas concerts in the Lower Mainland this month.

Along with traditional arrangements of familiar tunes, they will also “spice things up with a few arrangements of songs that one wouldn’t expect to hear,” said Luongo.

For example, audiences will no doubt be surprised to hear the strains of Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven rising underneath Carol of the Bells.

A performance of the first and second movements of Winter from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and the Nutcracker will give the players a chance to show off the instrument’s classical side.

And in what has become a tradition at LUE Christmas concerts, audiences participation will be encouraged during their rendition of The 12 Days of Christmas.

“There’s quite a variety as we like to do,” said Luongo.

And this year, they’ll be doing it in a few different places, he added.

“We’re branching out into a bit of a concert series in three communities.”

The annual holiday concert performed by the Senior A and B Ensembles will culminate in Langley on the Saturday before Christmas, with performances in Abbotsford and Richmond scheduled for earlier in the month.

The first show will take place in Abbotsford on Saturday, Dec. 6 at the Abbotsford Evangelical Free Church at 33218 Marshall Rd. The next will be held the following Saturday, Dec. 13,  in Richmond at the South Arm United Church, 11051 Number 3 Rd. The final concert will be performed on Dec. 20 at Langley Evangelical Free Church, 20719 48 Ave.

All three concerts begin at 7 p.m.

For more information or to reserve tickets, go to langleyukes.com, call 604-340-8537 or email tickets@langleyukes.com.

Just Posted

Agrifair attendance up 25 per cent from 2017, say organizers

New attractions, including RCMP Musical Ride, being credited for hike

B.C. declares state of emergency as more than 560 wildfires rage

This is only the fourth state of emergency ever issued during a fire season

Police issue warning that 19-year-old poses ‘significant’ risk to the public

Varinderpal ‘VP’ Gill of Abbotsford involved in Lower Mainland gang conflict, police say

EDITORIAL: Gill must break silence and back up claim

If Coun. Moe Gill can’t substantiate his allegations, he should take a hard look at his campaign

Fraser Valley Bandits announce season ticket prices

Basketball team set to tip-off in summer of 2019

Interim GoFundMe payments approved in Humboldt Broncos crash

$50,000 to be given to each of the 13 survivors and each family of the 16 people who died

Ottawa intervenes to get B.C. ball player, 13, to Little League World Series

Before immigration issue was resolved, Dio Gama was out practicing the game he loves Wednesday

Pet goldfish invades small B.C. lake

Pinecrest Lake is located between Whistler and Squamish

Metro Vancouver water reservoirs in ‘good shape’

Reserves sitting at 70-per-cent full, officials said, despite long stretch without major rain

Mounties deployed to help B.C. communities affected by wildfires

RCMP officers heading to places particularly within central, northern and southern B.C.

Chinese medicine practitioner in B.C. facing historical sex assault charges

71-year old Kit Wong practiced acupuncture from his home during the time of the assaults

Quebec sets aside $900 million for companies hurt by U.S. tariffs

Premier Philippe Couillard says his government will make $863 million available over five years

Ex-B.C. teachers’ union leader among latest pipeline protesters to get jail time

Twelve people have been sentenced for violating court order to stay away from Kinder Morgan terminal

Most Read