IF YOU GO
• What: Zephyr Instrumental’s annual Christmas Concert
• When: 8 p.m. Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday
• Where: Buford Community Center, 2200 Buford Highway, Buford
• Cost: $10
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BUFORD -- With Christmas less than two weeks away, the holiday spirit has been kicked into high gear, especially at the Buford Community Center and Theatre.
On Saturday and Sunday, Zephyr Instrumental is taking audiences on a journey to Zephyr Planet, a place where Christmas memories reside, during its annual Holiday Concert.
Through 18 musical numbers, Zephyr plans stimulate all of the senses with sacred and secular holiday music as well as live acting by Live Arts Theatre and dance performances by Advocate Arts.
This is the first Christmas performance in the new Buford theater and Zephyr's musical director Kerry Fetter believes the show will be exciting for everyone -- including the techies.
"For the first Christmas in the new theater, it's very high tech with video projection systems," he said.
Fetter added, "We've been performing some of these numbers for about two years. One big number that people go crazy about is ... the last piece we perform, which is 'We Three Kings.' It starts out traditionally, but then we bring it way up in tempo -- fast and powerful."
Other songs include "White Christmas," "I'll Be Home For Christmas" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," to name a few -- all of which have been arranged by members of Zephyr.
"Zephyr has a lot of accomplished musicians and all of the songs are original arrangements by members of the group," Fetter said. "Zephyr Instrumental has been around for about four and a half years and many have in interest in arrangements. It's a neat group to be with."
For both performances, there will be a timpani -- or kettledrum -- with its top taken off to collect donations from the public for the Wounded Warrior Project. All of the money raised will go to the nonprofit.
"We are very supportive of the Wounded Warrior," Fetter said. "I want people to know that every penny is going back to the cause."
Those who would like to write check can make it out to Zephyr Instrumental, who will then donate the lump sum to the Wounded Warrior Project.
The performance is approximately two hours with an intermission. It is also the first of a trilogy of concerts.