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The Compton Heights Concert Band Celebrates the Holidays

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Ellwyn Kauffman

The renowned Marchiachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano joins the Compton Heights Concert Band in its 15th Annual Holiday Spectacular on Saturday, December 23 in the Peabody Opera House. 

The  Grammy award winning group led by Navitdad “Nati” Cano has shared the tradition of Mexican Mariachi music with North American audiences for 50 years.  The nine piece ensemble joins the seventy piece band in a program of holiday favorites, Christmas classics and more, all led by Music Director Edward Dolbashian.

Also featured on the program are the Legend Singers led by Doris Jones-Wilson and soprano Gina Galati.  Each year, the concert concludes a rousing rendition of Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus” featuring all of the musicians and the audience.

Compton Heights Concert Band Founder, President and Bassoonist Harry Swanger was host Steve Potter’s guest  to discuss the history of the Compton Height Concert Band,  Mariachi Los Camperos and the highlights of the Holiday Spectacular.

Related Event:

15th Annual Compton Heights Concert Band Holiday Spectacular
Saturday, December 22, 2012
8:00 p.m.
Peabody Opera House

Compton Heights Concert Band Website

Mary Edwards came to St. Louis Public Radio in 1974, just after finishing her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She has served the station in a number of capacities over the years. From 1988-2014 she also taught an undergraduate class in radio production at Webster University. Mary was inducted into the St. Louis Media History Foundation Media Hall of Fame in April, 2017 and received the Gateway Media Literacy Partners' Charles Klotzer Media Literacy Award in 2012. Mary retired from St. Louis Public Radio in 2018, but still serves the station as a St. Louis Symphony Producer.
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