Busy weekend at the Cap Center

  • Holiday Pops with the Capital Jazz Orchestra will be Sunday and close the Capitol Center for the Arts 2016 season. Courtesy

  • Greg Hawkes from the Cars performing at last year's Christmas with Rocking Horse Studios show.

  • Anna Madsen performs with the band and Elie Rivillier at last year’s Christmas with Rocking Horse Studios show. Courtesy

Monitor staff
Published: 12/13/2016 11:00:13 PM

If you’re looking for holiday entertainment, the Capitol Center for the Arts can fill your calendar this weekend.

“It’s really an eclectic mix,” said Lynne Sabean. The Buzz Ball will feature rock-and-roll musicians with comedians, while Rocking Horse Studio’s show feature up-and-coming musicians and the Capital Jazz Orchestra is an established music group, she explained.

The line-up of events begins Thursday at 7 p.m. with the sixth annual Buzz Christmas Ball hosted by Greg and the Morning Buzz radio time.

The rock and holiday music show will include artists such as Adam Ezra, Jimmy Dunn, Tony V., Juston McKinney, PJ Thibodeau, Super Secret Project, Jordan Terrill- Wysocki, Max Ater, Charles Burthoud, Jon Butcher, Mike Girard, Magic Dick & Shun Ng, Deric Dyer, Cliff Goodwin, Brad Hallen, Joe Deleault, Steve Baker, Jill Pennington, Liz Armano and Jess Vaughn.

Sabean said ticket sales for the show have skyrocketed and she expects it to sell out or nearly fill the house.

Tickets to the show are about $30 to $40.

Next, on Friday and Saturday night at 7, catch Christmas with Rocking Horse Studio.

This show sold out for the last two years. This year, the Cap Center is holding shows for two nights instead of one because of the popularity, Sabean said.

The show features traditional and contemporary music by the Granite State’s best musicians.

Performers include Dusty Gray, Brooks Young, Anna Madsen, Trade, Eli Autry, Hank Osborne and Chas Mitchell, Steve Blunt, Justin Cohn, Ryan Williamson, Ashley Howard-White, Jack Polidoro, Elie Rivollier and Stephanie Tonneson.

“Anna Madsen’s modern interpretation of the ancient hymn ‘O Come, O Come, Emmanuel’ stunned the audience last year, and she’ll be performing that one again this year,” said Brian Coombes, producer at Rocking Horse Studio, earlier this month. “

Madsen recently performed her new song in London for BBC Radio 2.

Tickets are $20. Sabean said tickets are going quickly and may not be available at the door.

For the Cap Center’s grand finale, don’t miss Holiday Pops on Sunday at 4 p.m.

“It’s a wonderful show,” Sabean said.

The full Capital Jazz Orchestra will perform specially arranged holiday songs with Big Band swing led by music director Clayton “Skip” Poole.

“There are some things that will be constant because that’s what people like to hear,” said James Ramsey, business manager for the orchestra.

Laura Daigle, Patty Barkas and Clayton “CJ” Poole will be soloists in this year’s show.

Music selections range from “Jingle Bells” and “Frosty the Snowman” to “The Nutcracker Overture” and “Count Your Blessings.”

New this year, Laura Knoy of NHPR will act as narrator and perform recitations of The Night Before Christmas and a specially-written composition “If you feel it in your hear, you will know” by Jerry Ascione.

The show will be about an hour and half long with a 20 minute intermission.

Tickets are $20 to $45.

For information or to purchase tickets for any of the shows, visit ccanh.com or call 225-1111.

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