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Sunshine Coast Community Orchestra Association
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Beverly Burgoyne and Danielle Stephens, two of the SCCOA's musical storytellers who will present Christmas Through the Eyes of a Child on Dec. 15 and 16.

Whether capturing a wolf in the forest or capturing the spirit of Christmas at the North Pole, there’s a story to be told in music when the Sunshine Coast Community Orchestra Association (SCCOA) presents its Christmas Through the Eyes of a Child program, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 15 and 16.

This concert for all ages, performed by all ages, features the three ensembles of the SCCOA — the Coast Symphony Orchestra, Suncoast Concert Band and Sunshine Coast Youth Orchestra.

Alec Tebbutt, master storyteller, headlines the portion with the Coast Symphony Orchestra. He will be narrating Peter and the Wolf by Sergei Prokofiev with the orchestra describing in music each of the characters of the story.

The Sunshine Coast Youth Orchestra will take the audience to the North Pole with music from the movie Polar Express. And perhaps you’ll hear a story in Five Ukrainians in a Bell Tower, an intriguing arrangement of the Ukrainian Bell Carol that was inspired by Dave Brubeck’s Take Five. Music by Bach and Corelli completes the youth portion of the program, which features solos from each of the eight young musicians in the orchestra.

With some wintry stories of their own and some traditional carols, the Suncoast Concert Band rounds out the concert.

And the concert will end with the crack of the whip and the jingling of sleigh bells when the performers all join together for Sleigh Ride by Leroy Anderson.

So come enjoy musical stories and seasonal music with the musicians, young and old, of the SCCOA. And if you play an instrument, the ensembles are always looking for new players; visit or contact Norah Lambkin at 604-885-0236 if you are interested.

The concerts will take place at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16, at the Sechelt Indian Band Hall. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Audience members are asked to bring a non-perishable item for the food bank. Tickets are available at Laedeli, Gaia’s Fair Trade, Strait Music, Bluewaters Books or from any of the performers.

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