Anoka musicians come Home for the Holidays

Musically-gifted Anoka High School alumni and members of the Northern Symphony Orchestra come Home for the Holidays Saturday evening, gifting music-lovers with merry melodies and spirited songs of the season during a special Christmas concert.

Anoka High School’s Dec. 21 Home for the Holidays holiday concert will benefit 19-year-old Nowthen resident Jason Cains, currently battling cancer.

Anoka High School’s Dec. 21 Home for the Holidays holiday concert will benefit 19-year-old Nowthen resident Jason Cains, currently battling cancer.Photo submitted

The holiday concert will reunite family and friends and also help to ease the financial burden 19-year-old Jason Cains and his family endure as he fights cancer.

Home for the Holidays begins at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21 in the high school auditorium at 3939 Seventh Ave., Anoka. A freewill donation will be collected and given to the Cains family.

For years, conductor/pianist/arranger Michael Halstenson and Anoka High School graduate Nicholas Jacobson Larson, who currently works as film composer and conductor in Los Angeles, Calif., and taught music composition to Cains, have talked about presenting a holiday concert in Anoka.

Well, it has finally come to pass.

Singers Brad Beahen, Kira Lace Hawkins, Kate Beahen, Kelly Martin, Michelle Hayes and John Lace will perform some of the world’s most popular Christmas songs. Those holiday classics include “White Christmas,” “Baby It’s Cold Outside” and “O Holy Night.”

“It’s going to be a fabulous night with music full of energy and beauty that the whole family will love,” said Halstenson. “The opportunity to perform again with these fine singers as well as our own Northern Symphony Orchestra members will be a night to remember.”

Performers Brad Beahen, Hawkins, Kate Beahen and Martin are in the midst of outstanding careers performing all over the country as well as here in the Twin Cities area, Halstenson said.

“We’re so happy to also have Anoka soprano Michelle Hayes and tenor John Lace join us with their wonderful voices,” he said.

Jacobson Larson has several film composer credits, including “Mission Impossible 3,” “Star Trek” and the television series “Alcatraz.”

“Nick and I are thrilled to have our arrangements performed on Saturday night,” Halstenson said. “All of these performers will make the music come to life. It will be wonderful.”

“It’s a busy time of year with all of us running to catch and keep up with our lives, but what could be better than to take time out for a couple hours to enjoy what Christmas is all about with family and friends.”

Sue Austreng is at
sue.austreng@ecm-inc.com

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