The West Shore Community College Performing Arts Series, in collaboration with Edgar Struble, will present “A Nashville Family Christmas,” on December 21, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., at Ludington High School’s Peterson Auditorium.
Audiences will have the opportunity to hear some of the best country music artists in the world performing holiday-themed favorites that will captivate audiences of all ages. The country vocalists and instrumentalists who have been invited to perform for this concert have recorded and performed with Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks, Sara Evans, and the Grand Ole Opry band.
Edgar Struble, producer and artist in residence at WSCC says,” Ted Malt and I got together to discuss the possibility of doing another ‘Home for the Holidays’ show. It’s been Ted’s mission to take the Performing Art Series to higher levels with larger audiences, so with that in mind, we started brainstorming the possibilities of bringing in guest artists or putting together a bigger production.”
“During that conversation, it occurred to me that in the many years I’ve been doing these Christmas shows in Mason County, we’ve never done a country music show, even though the bulk of my career has been spent in that genre. So when I suggested that we bring in an all-star band from Nashville, the idea resonated with both of us. The musicians, who hail from Nashville, Indiana, Arizona and even the Faroe Islands, are all at the top of their game in country music.”
Struble says all of the musicians have toured, recorded or sung with national-level acts in the past, and some are now members of the Grand Ole Opry house band, “and all these folks are friends of mine with whom I’ve worked at some time or another in my 40-some years in the business. So this is like a big musical family reunion for me, and I trust the audience will share that sentiment.”
He added, “I’m always excited to showcase young artists who are on their way up, so the performance will also include a guest appearance by Chloe and Olivia Kimes, who are local gals with an abundance of talent.”
“’A Nashville Family Christmas’ is a project that has been two years in the making and will be a true holiday music extravaganza,” says Ted Malt, director of performing arts and professor of music studies.
Malt adds, “Edgar and I shared a common vision to produce an event unlike anything we have done in the past, highlighting nine incredible country music artists under one roof. This concert will exemplify the meaning of the holidays, bringing together families and friends within our communities.”
Pictures with Santa and holiday treats will be available free of charge to all children with proof of purchase of concert tickets an hour and a half before and after each show. Also, family four-pack group rates are available when purchasing online tickets or at the WSCC Box Office.
An advanced ticket reservation is recommended as both performances are expected to sell out. Tickets for the concert are available here or the WSCC Box Office by calling 843-5507.