(Photo above courtesy of the Deschutes Public Library)
It’s that time of year: to-do lists get long and time gets short. Take a break this December to enjoy a musical or theatrical performance at the library—with some gingerbread-house making thrown in for good measure. From a jazz duo to barbershop quartet, to a local reader’s theater presentation, we’ve tapped some of Central Oregon’s most talented musicians and performers to help fill our buildings with music, song and joy. All programs are free and open to the public; no registration is required.
Sisters High School Jazz Choir Serenade
Enjoy the harmonies of the holidays with this talented group of singers.
-Saturday, December 3 • 2 pm • Sisters Library
-Sunday, December 18 – 2:30pm – Downtown Bend Library
Harpist Laura Leighton
Enjoy holiday songs and learn about the history of this mesmerizing musical instrument. Laura Leighton specializes in the concert pedal harp but also plays the celtic harp for more casual gatherings. She is the harpist for the Central Oregon Symphony as well as the Obsidian Opera Chamber Orchestra.
-Wednesday, December 7 – 6pm – Downtown Bend Library
Guitarist Matthew Gwinup
Enjoy an eclectic mix of classical guitar paired with music of modern day composers and guitarists with local musician Matthew Gwinup. He is a native of Bend where he has been performing and teaching since 2007. Matt continues to perform in Central Oregon and beyond, both as a soloist and with Five Pint Mary, the Oregon Guitar Trio and cover band Subject to Change.
-Thursday, December 8 – 6pm – East Bend Library
Sisters High Desert Bell Choir
The Sisters High Desert Bell Choir plays holiday music and gives you an opportunity to join in the fun.
-Saturday, December 10 • 1pm • Sisters Library
Carol with the Bells of Sunriver
Join the Bells of Sunriver for holiday music and a chime-along.
-Saturday, December 10 • 2pm • Sunriver Library
Gingerbread House Construction Zone
Construct your own tasty house. (Supplies are limited.)
-Saturday, December 10 – 11am – La Pine Library
-Saturday, December 17 • 2pm • Sunriver Library
Sunriver Stars Community Theater
Enjoy a reader’s theater of The Gift of the Magi and other classics.
-Saturday, December 10 – 2pm – La Pine Library
-Saturday, December 17 • 12pm • Redmond Library
Four in a Chord
Let the harmonies of this local quartet delight and entertain you.
-Sunday, December 11 – 4pm – Downtown Bend Library
Holiday Carols with the RPA Choir
Join students from the Redmond Proficiency Academy (RPA) for carols and hot cocoa in the library.
-Tuesday, December 13 – 10:45am – Redmond Library
The Central Oregon duo Jazz Cru will play standards and holiday favorites.
-Wednesday, December 14 – 6pm – Downtown Bend Library
Central Oregon Showcase Choir
Enjoy holiday favorites with the Central Oregon Showcase Choir.
-Saturday, December 17 – 3pm – Redmond Library