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'Nutcracker' dances with holiday dazzle

SING!Chronicity and Saratoga Chamber Players will present “A Whidbey Wassail” at 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 16 in Coupeville High School Performing Arts Center.

Concerts on the Cove is sponsoring the vocal and instrumental music to celebrate the holiday season!

SING!Chronicity and Saratoga Chamber Players will perform both separately and together.

Shifty Sailors will perform rousing selections for their only island performance of the Christmas season.

The concert will be the debut of a new trio, The Basics, who are Deb Lund, Karl Olsen and Vern Olsen. Their performance will add a lighter touch, more for the family audience.

SING!Chronicity began singing together in July 1995 and had their first major concert in May 1996 when they were part of the opening week at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts (WICA). SING!chronicity members include several experienced choral conductors and composers within the group, as well as visual artists, a drama coach and choreographer, and six music educators. Members of the group have sung with some of the finest choral organizations in the country, and several hold advanced degrees in vocal music. Last year's rendering of Handel's "Messiah" by this 15-member group was directed by Dr. Rober Scandrett, former director of the Seattle Symphony Chorale and of Choral Activities at Western Washington University, who will again guest conduct "When Icicles Hang" by John Rutter.

Saratoga Chamber Players, which recently performed a Greenhouse fundraiser in Coupeville to a packed audience, is directed by Michael Nutt.

There will be no better concert this holiday season to prepare for Christmas.

Advanced tickets for this event, $10 for adults and $5 for students, may be purchased in Oak Harbor at Wind & Tide and Daily Grind; in Coupeville at Coupeville Pharmacy, Great Times Espresso and Videoville; at Greenbank Farm, and at BookBay in Freeland. Tickets at the door tickets will be $12 for adults and $6 for students.

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