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Concerts offer best of the season
A musician who began his professional career teaching high school music in Richmond will perform a Christmas concert Saturday, Dec. 14 at South Arm United Church.
Pianist and vocalist Perry Dickison will present “My Christmas Gift,” a concert featuring Christmas favourites and some new songs of the season.
Dickison, a New Westminster resident, grew up in Richmond, attending James Whiteside and Hugh McRoberts schools, graduating from Matthew McNair in 1975. He taught music at Hugh Boyd Secondary in the ‘80s before embarking on a solo career that took him around the world on cruise ships.
He’s still busy performing today as a freelance musician, including a regular gig at the Shangri-La Hotel in Vancouver, but Saturday’s concert at South Arm United will be special.
“My family attended the church since 1959 when we moved to Richmond. I was two years old,” said Dickison, adding his 92-year-old mom will be in the audience. “She hasn’t been in South Arm in years as she lives in a care home in Ladner now. South Arm is still very dear to her as well.”
The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at the church, 11051 No. 3 Rd. Tickets, available at the door, are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors.
Dickison’s concert is one of a few seasonal concerts and events that remain on the 2013 calendar in Richmond. Here are some other upcoming shows, including a packed lineup this Sunday:
•Winter Wonderland: The Christmas tree display in Richmond City Hall’s galleria continues through to the new year, and also features a concert Saturday, Dec. 14. Band and choir students of Hugh Boyd Secondary will deliver two shows: 1 to 2:30 p.m. and 3 to 4:30 p.m. Admission is free; donations for Richmond Food Bank encouraged.
•Charlotte Diamond: Richmond’s own children’s performer presents her annual community Christmas concert at Lansdowne Centre mall Sunday, Dec. 15 at 1 p.m. Members of the Hug Bug Band will join Diamond for the Holiday Delight concert, where she’ll also launch her new board book Slippery Fish in Hawai’i. Lansdowne is located at 5300 No 3 Rd.
•The Richmond Youth Honour Choir: The young vocal talents of this choir will present a festive holiday concert Sunday, Dec. 15 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Holiday Harmonies is filled with songs to warm the heart and lift the spirit. The choir’s program includes both secular and sacred music. It’s at Peace Mennonite Church, 11571 Daniels Rd. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and youth.
•Christmas Tales: Storyteller Justyn Rees and singer-songwriter Russ Rosen will join with instrumentalist Brett Ziegler and percussionist Calum Rees in Christmas Tales, a show of music and theatre on Sunday Dec. 15 at 6:30 p.m. Rees will present a retelling of the first Christmas, while Rosen will bring festive and reflective carols to life. Broadmoor Baptist Church, at 8140 Saunders Rd., hosts; admission is free.
•Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir: Joy to the World, A Gospel Christmas Celebration is Dec. 15 at 3 p.m. at Fraserview Church, 11295 Mellis Dr. Expect to hear seasonal favourites like “The Little Drummer Boy,” “The Holly and the Ivy” and Amy Grant’s “Emmanuel.” Tickets, $10 to $25, at brownpapertickets.com or 1-800-838-3006.
•World of Music and Arts: Students from the Richmond-based music school present a holiday concert, Frosty Music Gala, Dec. 15, 2 to 6 p.m. at St. Anne’s Anglican Church, 4071 Francis Rd. Four concerts, one per hour, featuring 150 performers; free admission.
•The Westwynds: The Steveston Folk Guild is presenting the Westwynds for its annual Christmas show, Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 7:30 p.m. Featuring Nancy Hundal, Kirk Holland and Karen Holland, the Westwynds will present an evening of Christmas music. The all-ages show takes place inside the Chinese Bunkhouse at Britannia Shipyards. Tickets are $10 at the door. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Contact email@example.com or 604-715-9294 to reserve a seat.
•Jingle Bell Jukebox: Aberdeen Centre is hosting a variety of afternoon concerts throughout December in the mall’s central atrium. On this weekend: Ava von Lipinski, 10, presents a bilingual Christmas singing performance on Dec. 14 at 1 p.m.; Jean Lyon School of Music on Dec. 14 at 2 p.m.; B.C. Registered Music Teachers’ Association on Dec. 15 at 1:30 p.m.
•The King and I: Gateway Theatre is presenting the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical on the MainStage until Dec. 31. Shortly after arriving in Bangkok, a British school teacher tests the limits of the King of Siam. Originally hired to educate the King’s wives and children, Anna turns out to have a mind of her own—questioning the King’s decisions. But when British officials set sail for Siam, sent to investigate that the King is barbaric, Anna is determined to prove the Brits wrong. Tickets, $30 to $49, available at gatewaytheatre.com or 604-270-1812.
•Christmas at the Cannery: On this month, the fourth annual Festival of Trees at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery (12138 Fourth Ave.) features decorated trees from Steveston merchants on display throughout the cannery. Visitors can vote for their favourite. The cannery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular admission rates, $7.80 to $3.90, apply.