Peoria Arts will showcase holiday music this December at two free concerts at the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts.
The AZ Swing Kings will bring their big band sound and performance style to the Gyder Theater at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14. This 20-piece orchestra is comprised of professional musicians who play authentic sounds of famous bands from the swing and jazz eras. This performance will feature local vocalists Cheri Seith and Vito Maynes, and the band is directed by Lenny King, founder and former leader of the Chicago Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra.
At 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 22, The Mistletones will sing traditional and modern holiday musical selections in four-part harmony a cappella, and dressed in Victorian attire. This intimate concert will take place in the McMillin Theater. The local quartet has been performing in the Valley for eight years with a repertory that includes barbershop, doo-wop, and music from the 1940s through the 1960s. In the spring and summer seasons, the group is known as The Pitch Pipes Quartet.
The Peoria Center for the Performing Arts is located at 10580 N. 83rd Drive, adjacent to Grand and Peoria avenues.
Both concerts are free.
Reservations are encouraged due to limited seating at both concerts. Starting Friday, Dec. 1, complimentary tickets may be reserved through the box office at 623-815-7930.