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A wonderful night of holiday cheer at The Acorn

Posted: Dec. 16, 2012 at 1:35 p.m.

THREE OAKS - Opera at the Acorn out-does itself again in its eighth annual "Christmas at the Acorn."

The Saturday before Christmas, founder Robert Swan has brought together four of the finest singers you could wish to hear, including Acorn favorite mezzo-soprano Martha Cares, who just dazzled audiences with her interpretation French classics in the sold-out performance of "La vie en Rose - the Songs of Edith Piaf."

Swan says, "Each Christmas we try to find fresh new songs people haven't heard before, or favorites that we have somehow missed." You would have to look far to find the eclectic concoction of humor and beauty to be found at The Acorn on Saturday, Dec. 22 at 8 p.m. From tenor John Concepcion's haunting rendition of "Balulalow," accompanied on the harp by Ramona Kim, followed by Cares' eye-stopping version of "Santa Baby," to guitarist and composer Elliott Delman's own version of "I'll be Home for Christmas" - a better holiday treat can't be found. Then, of course, there's baritone Warren Moulton with his rocking version of "'Zat You Santa Claus?"

Speaking of Santa, the 2012 "Christmas at the Acorn" will have one of its own - founder Robert Swan, who will also sing "The Christmas Song" ("Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire") and Elvis' "Blue Christmas."

Organist Denny Danitschek is back, playing the famous Barton organ, and this year we are joined by pianist Rob Rhein. Elliott Delman on guitar fills out the artistic roster with his sensitive accompaniment of "Oh Holy Night" and "I Wonder as I Wander."

As usual, there are plenty of opportunities for the audience to join in song, with selections like "We Three Kings," "Silent Night" and "White Christmas."

Music is good for the soul - and so is laughter. Great Christmas music, beautifully sung, generous helpings of laughter, with perhaps a touch of mulled wine or hot buttered rum, and a special sense of community that never fails to brighten the season - this is what "Christmas at the Acorn" is all about.

Tickets are $25. For tickets and information, call 269-756-3879 or log on to www.acorntheater.com.

The Acorn Theater is located at 107 Generations Dr., Three Oaks, MI 49128. A full-service bar and other refreshments are available.


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