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American Big Band brings ‘Home for the Holidays’ to the RiverCenter

American Big Band will present their holiday concert at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts this weekend.

The highly acclaimed production company is known for its popular arrangements of holiday favorites.

This year’s production is called “Home for the Holidays” and will feature hits representing all eras and styles of American Big Band favorites. Performance selections range from classics like “Silver Bells” and “White Christmas” to newer popular tunes like “This Christmas” and “Cool Yule.”

American Big Band has been touring as a company for several seasons, but this year’s production has earned raving reviews.

“American Big Band is a stunningly accurate representational of the music, dance and romance of the era,” said Karen Lauck, a critic with the Hot Springs Village Concerts Association. “The show has appeal for all ages, and keeps the audience jumping with the exceptional cast and orchestra to music that they love. It’s evident that this project was produced and directed with loving care and reverence to the genre.”

Norm Easterbrook, executive director of the RiverCenter, has been looking forward to the show for months.

“This performance is a perfect way to enter the holiday season in an easy, laid back way,” Easterbrook said. “What I like most about this program is that it is on the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend which is a great opportunity to enjoy the theatre with friends and family.”

The program is family-friendly with a recommendation that it is suitable for children ages 12 and up. This is the first time American Big Band has performed in Columbus. Tickets are available through RiverCenter’s box office.

This is the first of many holiday shows coming the RiverCenter over the next several weeks. Other shows include the Maneuver Center of Excellence Army Band Holiday Concert, the “Nutcracker,” Rivertown Christmas, Cantus Christmas 2016 and “A Christmas Carol.”

Easterbrook said the RiverCenter is aiming to making performances like “Home for the Holidays” an annual occurrence.

“I love the great warm feeling in the theatre and the smiles of contentment on the faces of our audiences as they leave,” he said. “We hope that this type of event on this particular day will become a tradition at RiverCenter.”

If you go

What: American Big Band: “Home for the Holidays”

When: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 26

Where: RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, 900 Broadway

Cost: $29

Call: rivercenter.org

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