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‘A Classic Christmas’ concert Dec. 17

“A Classic Christmas” is a concert of heartwarming performances of traditional holiday songs and elegant classical music, Dec. 17, at The Ross Aragon Community Center.

A pre-concert social, with live music, begins at 6 p.m. The concert begins at 7. Free coffee and a beer and wine cash bar will be available throughout the evening. Please bring desserts and snacks to share, if you wish.

December embers, carols, icicles, stuffed stockings, tinsel, mistletoe, Santa, eggnog, visiting family and friends… Christmas is a celebration that connects people across the globe. Bringing together families and friends to share festivity and goodwill, “A Classic Christmas” has been a memorable tradition in Pagosa for several years.

This year’s joyful holiday celebration features music maestro Larry Elginer, who will share some of his many talents; along with Heidi Tanner, Bob Nordmann, Matthew and Tiffany Brunson, John Graves, Johnny K, Natalie Oman, June Marquez and others.

“I believe music encompasses our being,” says June Marquez. “It brings about peace, love and happiness.”

Marquez is one of the best female pop vocalists in the Southwest. She has deep roots in southwest Colorado: her great-great-grandfather Francisco Marquez, a Spaniard, settled in Rosa, N.M., in the late 1800s.

Inspired by her mother’s singing and dancing, Marquez began performing in her teens, when she sang with her six sisters in a group known as the Marquez Sisters, a popular ensemble that performed for weddings, parties and all kinds of social occasions.

During the 1970s, the Marquez family sponsored regular dances at their store, Marquez Grocery, in Arboles. These dances featured bands that played traditional ranchera music, and they provided an important cultural scene for the Hispanic community in Archuleta County.

“Christmas — that magic blanket that wraps itself about us, that something so intangible that it is like a fragrance,” wrote Augusta E. Rundel. “It may weave a spell of nostalgia. Christmas may be a day of feasting, or of prayer, but always it will be a day of remembrance - a day in which we think of everything we have ever loved.”

Join us for “A Classic Christmas.”

Advance tickets, for $10, go on sale in a few weeks. Tickets at the door are $12. Young people, 18 and under, are admitted free. The Ross Aragon Community Center located at 451 Hot Springs Blvd. For further information, call 264-4152.

“A Classic Christmas” is sponsored by The Ross Aragon Community Center and Elation Center for the Arts. ECA is a local nonprofit, dedicated to the preservation of traditional music and dance. The community center operates as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization through the Pagosa Springs Facilities Coalition (PSCFC), benefiting the community of Pagosa Springs by creating, coordinating and providing space for social, athletic, fine arts, performing arts, cultural, educational, business and faith-based activities.

“A Classic Christmas” is a benefit fund-raiser in support of The Ross Aragon Community Center and Elation Center for the Arts.