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Nova New Horizons Bands holding Truro Christmas Cabaret

New Horizons band member Kathleen Robson, percussionist and clarinetist. Submitted
New Horizons band member Kathleen Robson, percussionist and clarinetist. Submitted

TRURO, N.S. – There’s a musical alternative to the traditional Christmas concert being held in Truro.

The Nova New Horizons bands will present their second  annual Truro Christmas Cabaret at the Best Western Glengarry Hotel on Wednesday, Dec. 20, starting at 7:30 p.m.

This evening of seasonal music will be presented in a relaxed and festive atmosphere with “cabaret seating” and refreshments being served. Admission is $15 per person, $10 for children, and tickets can be reserved in advance by emailing

The show will feature all five levels of the Nova New Horizons program, including the new beginner group under the direction of program founder, administrator and teacher Paul Barrett. The Cobequid New Horizons Jazz Band will be on deck with director Nick Fisher and a newly formed “Junior” Jazz Band will perform for the first time. This group was started after the success of the annual summer jazz camp and is led by current CEC director of music John MacLeod.

The program opens with Level 3 and 4 Bands combined in a new arrangement titled “Fantasy On God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.” A beautiful version of “Coventry Carol” follows, featuring the Level 4 Band.

The beginner band will offer up the Christmas classic “Jingle Bells,” in a new toe-tapping arrangement, and “Two Sides of Christmas” – a medley of “Good King Wenceslas” from the sacred side of Christmas and “Jolly Old Saint Nicholas” from the secular side. The Level 1 group will be debuting a new arrangement of “Silver Bells” as well as saluting folk singer Burl Ives with a rendition of  “A Holly Jolly Christmas.”

The Level 2 group has been rehearsing a beautiful arrangement of “Silent Night” by Craig Alberty and will also present an instrumental version of Rosemary Clooney’s childen’s song “Suzy Snowflake.” The Level 3 Band will perform “White Christmas” and a swinging arrangement of “Winter Wonderland.”

The Cobequid New Horizons Jazz Band will perform an arrangement Nick Fisher has done of Frank Loesser’s “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” which was originally recorded by Ella Fitzgerald, as well as José Felicano’s “Feliz Navidad” arranged by Victor Lopez. The Junior Jazz Band will make their debut with “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” and “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!”    

The Level 4 ensemble will close the program with two original arrangements. “Another 6/8 Christmas” treats the audience to three bouncy Christmas classics – all in 6/8 time, and for the grand finale presentation Barrett has done an innovative arrangement of the Burgundian Carol Pat-A-Pan, which features every section of the band, with an emphasis on percussion.

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