John Tesh and his orchestra are bringing back the big-band sound with a Christmas performance Tuesday at the Grand Opera House.
“The easy way to describe it is that we are trying to bring back the music that was recorded and played live on Armed Forces Radio in the 1930s and ’40s and is credited with helping to keep the troops alive,” Tesh said. “It’s an old-school Christmas show with a little narration and real instruments, not mp3s.”
A few of the songs in the show are “Let it Snow,” “It Wouldn’t Be Christmas Without You” and “Sleigh Bells,” and the show is appropriate for all ages.
Big band music is timeless for three reasons, Tesh said.
“The lyrics are gentle and innocent, timeless and romantic, the music can be danced to, and the music of the jazz tunes is complicated enough that it doesn’t burn out,” he said.
In addition to hosting the nationally-syndicated “John Tesh Radio Show,” the entertainer has brought “Intelligence for Your Life,” co-hosted by his wife, Connie Sellecca, and son Gib Gerard to television this fall and, therefore, has cut back his touring schedule a little.
“We like to come to smaller cities because the Christmas spirit is stronger,” Tesh said. “It really feels like Christmas in smaller towns.”
-- Laura Shirley
When: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16
Where: Grand Opera House, 651 Mulberry St.
Information: 478-301-5470; www.thegrandmacon.com