Clarksville, TN – The venue is grand, but the setting will be intimate as Austin Peay State University professor of music David Steinquest presents his fifth annual Christmas concert.
Titled “Jingle Bells,” Steinquest’s concert will take over The George and Sharon Mabry Concert Hall at 7:30pm on December 5th, 2014, transforming the venue into a “homey” setting.
“We set the stage up like a living room, complete with a couch, chair, lamps and tables with drinks and food and a Christmas tree,” Steinquest said. “It makes the audience feel like they just walked in on a Christmas party … it will be very informal and very fun.”
A group of talented performers will take the stage, including David Alford, known for his role as Bucky Dawes on the hit ABC show “Nashville,” and Allison Campbell, vocals; Elvis Costello band member Jeff Taylor, piano; Paul Binkley of the legendary group Alabama, guitar; Tony Nagy, bass; Matt DeVore, drums; Steinquest, percussion; Erin Binkley; and the APSU Percussion Ensemble.
“It’s a really great (group) we have, and there’s a really nice sync in terms of the band’s personalities because we’ve all known each other for a long time,” Steinquest said. “And it’s also really cool for our students (with the APSU Percussion Ensemble), because they get a chance to interact with professionals and that’s always a great opportunity for them.”
This year’s show includes classic Christmas songs like “Jingle Bells,” “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” “Angels We Have Heard On High,” “Hark The Herald Angels Sing,” “Tennessee Christmas” and “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” These holiday standards will be performed in the style of famous artists including Barbra Streisand, Amy Grant, Over the Rhine, Sara Groves, Dave Barnes, Rosie Thomas, Family Force 5 and Harry Connick, Jr.
Admission is either two cans of food, which will be donated to Loaves and Fishes, or $3.00. This concert sold out last year, so attendees are encouraged to get tickets ahead of time by contacting the APSU music office at 931.221.7818.