The Andover Townsman
---- — Not Your Typical Silent Night, a musical performance with a variety of musical styles presented by more than 100 artists, returns to Rogers Center the afternoon of Dec. 23.
As in years past, every ticket-buyer will receive a button emblazoned with the year’s theme. This year’s theme: Spread Joy.
Top local artists join the Choral Majority gospel choir for this contemporary interpretation of the classic Christmas celebration, including internationally acclaimed jazz saxophonist Lance Bryant of Andover and Boston gospel ensemble Confirmation, led by founder/director David Coleman, who’s been profiled on BBC America’s “First Person” for his work with the Tufts University gospel choir.
Other featured artists include concert pianist Diane Lim of Andover, dance soloist Kim McLeod of Andover, soloist Jeanne McMahon of Andover, singer/songwriter Gail Dorey of Watertown, vocalist Cynthia Faulkner of Lawrence, singer/guitarist Ryan Phelps of Bradford, and pianist Peter Vantine of Middleton, one of the first winners of Turner Classic Movies’ Young Film Composers International Competition.
Produced by the Blue Window Arts Group, NYTSN has sold out the 600-seat Rogers Center in past years.
“Since our start in 1996, we’ve been privileged to collaborate with many renowned local artists to create a diverse repertoire with new arrangements every year,” director Eric W. Lindahl said in a release.
Singer/actress Robin Allison Lindahl, who has starred on most New England theater stages, will be directing children’s choirs in addition to singing some of the show’s highlights as she and husband Eric bring their vision of Christmas magic to the Rogers Center stage.
Always an audience favorite, their children’s groups from area churches will perform, they said. The groups include a Kids Choir of first through third-graders; and the youth choir of fourth through seventh-graders who are featured in a surprise number.
The Not Your Typical Silent Night 2012 concert is Sunday, Dec. 23, at 4 p.m. at the Rogers Center for the Arts on the campus of Merrimack College, 315 Turnpike St., North Andover
Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for children 12 and younger; lap-sitters are free with a parent. Tickets are on sale at Rogers Center for the Arts Box Office, 978-837-5355, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Andover Bookstore, 89-R Main St, Andover, 978-475-0143. People can also call 978-794-.3778 to reserve tickets and pick them up at the door.