Holiday music has a way of invoking the season’s spirit in everyone, especially when performed on stage in the company of a 30-voice choir.
Oro Valley vocalist Joe Bourne presents “A Nat King Cole & Gospel Music Christmas Concert” on Saturday, Dec. 18, at SaddleBrooke’s DesertView Performing Arts Center.
Music lovers familiar with Bourne’s audience-wooing style will be treated to this special live performance based on his tribute CD, “Remembering Mr. Cole.” Selections include favorites such as “When I Fall in Love,” “Unforgettable,” “Nature Boy” and “The Christmas Song.”
Prior to his return to the U.S. in 2000, Bourne spent 25 years touring Europe with dozens of American musical acts, including the Stylistics, Natalie Cole and Ray Charles.
Fresh from his autumn Nat King Cole Tribute tour dates in Ohio, Idaho and Washington state, Bourne will be joined on the DesertView stage by his quartet, handpicked from among Tucson’s finest jazz musicians – Sly Slipetsky on piano, Matt Mitchell on guitar, Scott Black playing bass and Miguel Bazemore on percussion.
Bourne then unites with the Tucson Arizona Mass Choir, an interfaith gospel group representing churches from all corners of Tucson. Together they’ll present a festive holiday program featuring both secular and gospel Christmas tunes.
A Nat King Cole and Gospel Music Christmas Concert
Saturday, Dec. 18, 7:30 p.m.
DesertView Performing Arts Center, SaddleBrooke
Tickets, $21 in advance, $23 at the door