Antiphonal cornets in Lake Wobegon® Brass Band’s annual holiday concert

Lake Wobegon® Brass Band rings in its third decade with “Welcome Christmas,” the popular group’s annual holiday concert.

Lake Wobegon Brass Band winds up its holiday concert weekend with a local concert “Welcome Christmas,” Sunday, Dec. 9 at Anoka-Ramsey Community College in Coon Rapids. File photo submitted

Lake Wobegon Brass Band winds up its holiday concert weekend with a local concert “Welcome Christmas,” Sunday, Dec. 9 at Anoka-Ramsey Community College in Coon Rapids. File photo submitted

The concert will be performed Sunday, Dec. 9, 2 p.m., at Anoka-Ramsey Community College, 11200 Mississippi Blvd. N.W. Tickets are adults $10 with students free with identification. Tickets are available at the door.

Brilliant strains of music from antiphonal cornets surround the audience as the lights dim in the band’s signature Christmas piece titled “Welcome Christmas,” penned by director Michael Halstenson.

“This is one of my favorite parts of the Christmas season,” Halstenson said. “Because they perform it in the dark, I don’t conduct the first part of the piece, so I get to experience it as an audience member. I never tire of it.”

This year’s concert delivers traditional melodies: “The Christmas Song,” “O Come, O Come Emmanuel,” “Once in Royal David’s City,” the “Nutcracker Suite,” the daring “Arctic Funk” and a few carol sing-a-longs.

“It’s a great musical party for everyone,” Halstenson says about many of the audience members he has befriended as part of the group in its 21st season.

Audience members are encouraged to bring a toy to donate to Toys for Tots.

“It’s a busy time of the year, but we hope that folks will take a couple hours to put all of that behind and enjoy a musical afternoon together,” Halstenson said.

The concert will also be performed Friday, Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m. at Colonial Church of Edina, 6200 Colonial Way, and Saturday, Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m., at Cambridge-Isanti High School, 430 N.W. Eighth Ave. in Isanti. For more information, visit www.lwbb.org.

Elyse Kaner is at elyse.kaner@ecm-inc.com

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