Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

Arts/Entertainment

December 19, 2013

Out & About: Holiday, solstice celebrations

Not so typical `Silent Night’

Dozens of artists will meld their musical styles for this weekend’s return of “Not Your Typical Silent Night” to the Rogers Center for the Arts at Merrimack College in North Andover.

Area artists will join The Choral Majority gospel choir for this contemporary interpretation of the classic Christmas celebration on Sunday, Dec. 22, at 4 p.m.

Produced by the Blue Window Arts Group, “Not Your Typical Silent Night” has sold out the 600-seat Rogers Center at 315 Turnpike St. in past years. Director Eric W. Lindahl says this year’s installment will once again feature a diverse repertoire offering new arrangements.

Lindahl’s wife, singer/actress Robin Allison Lindahl, will be directing children’s choirs in addition to singing some of the show’s highlights, while The Rev. Lyndon Myers of Andover Baptist Church will sing the spiritual, “Children, Go Where I Send Thee,” backed by a vocal ensemble.

The program will also feature Boston gospel group Confirmation led by founder/director David Coleman, with first-time featured soloists Bernard Smith of Holyoke and Chantell Cuevas of North Andover joining regulars Gail Dorey of Watertown, Cynthia Faulkner of Lawrence and Ryan Phelps of Bradford. An eight-member horn section helps to close the show with a gospel rendition of the Hallelujah Chorus.

As in past years, every ticket-buyer will receive a button emblazoned with this year’s theme: “Spread Joy.”

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under; lap-sitters are free with a parent. For reservations or information, call the Rogers Center box office at 978-837-5355 or 978-794-3778 or Andover Bookstore at 89R Main St., Andover, at 978-475-0143.

Staging an Outdoor Christmas Pageant

West Parish Church on Reservation Road presents its 35th annual Outdoor Christmas Pageant on Saturday, Dec. 21, at 5 p.m.

The public is invited to join the church for the arrival of Joseph, Mary and baby Jesus to the historic West Parish Garden Cemetery arch, which will once again be transformed into the entrance to Bethlehem.

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