NEHALEM – Join the Fireside Social Orchestra for “A Fireside Christmas” concert at 7 p.m. Friday at the NCRD Performing Arts Center, 36155 9th St. Tickets are available at tickettomato.com. Prices range from $18.00 to $22.75. Children under 12 are free.

The orchestra recreates the small orchestra featured in parlor and ballroom performances long ago with period instruments including violin, tenor viola, cello, flageolet, walking stick recorder, flute, cornet, tenor horn, ophicleide, tuba, mandolin, banjo, guitar, autoharp, piano, reed contrabass, alphorns, bagpipes and more.

The Fireside Social Orchestra features Phil and Gayle Neuman and Cal Scott of The Trail Band with Ben Fitch, Laura Kuhlman, Cindy Markham and Elizabeth O’Connor.

The program will feature familiar Christmas carols in their original forms, including Silent Night (“Stille Nacht” 1818), Up On the Housetop (“Santa Claus” 1864) and Jingle Bells (“The One Horse Open Sleigh” 1857). It will also include carols from the English, Scottish and French countryside and descriptive holiday pieces including “A Christmas Holiday” (1899) and “What Shall We Sing at Christmas?” (1899).

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