David Benoit, along with special guest vocalist Courtney Fortune, will perform classics from Vince Guaraldi’s “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and familiar carols combined with Benoit’s velvety contemporary jazz piano to ring in the holiday season on Sunday, December 5, 3:00 p.m., at the Miller Center for the Arts.
The annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest holiday concert is presented by Berks Arts.
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The Grammy-nominated pianist and composer’s Charlie Brown roots go deep.
In 1965, the first ever “Peanuts” animated special took place. It was a landmark event and it was the start of a tradition that would continue year after year. “A Charlie Brown Christmas” is a tradition enjoyed around the world by fans of all ages.
This inspirational concert features the classic music of Vince Guaraldi along with “Charlie Brown Christmas” originals from Benoit, who took over the helm as music composer for the new Charlie Brown Christmas TV specials more than a decade ago, as well as classics from David Benoit’s illustrious career as a multi-Grammy nominated solo artist.
Courtney Fortune is an acclaimed singer, songwriter and performance coach.
She has been recognized by the John Lennon Foundation, Glamour Magazine, and Genlux Magazine as “America’s Next Big Jazz Singer,” and has written and performed songs for Atlantic Records, Universal Music Group, Sony Japan, Disney, Cartoon Network, MTV and ABC.
She was named one of Glamour Magazine’s “Top 10 College Women” in 2009, and received the Brian Wilson Musical Achievement Award for her work in the songwriting field.
The concert also will feature the voices of a local children’s choir, which serves as a wonderful way of getting the Berks community involved. The heart-warming show is sure to get the audience in that Christmas Spirit and bring out the ‘kid’ in all of us this holiday season.