SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Somerville Chamber Choir will perform at the 11th annual Stars & Promises Holiday Concert Dec. 7, which features Peter Mayer, lead guitarist for Jimmy Buffet’s Coral Reefer Band, at the United Reformed Church, 100 West Main St.
The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for the show are $35 in advance, $45 at the door, and are available online at https://www.itickets.com/events/405263 or by calling Rick Fontana at 908-963-0275 or Dan Puntillo at 908-285-8217.
Almost always a sell-out, the annual holiday musical event raises thousands of dollars for various nonprofit agencies in Somerset County every year.. The 2018 beneficiaries will be the Somerville Educational Foundation (SEF), providing funds for creative and innovative programs in the areas of art, theater and music for students of the Somerville Public Schools and the Ray Bateman Scholarship for Somerville students planning on attending Raritan Valley Community College and majoring in the arts.
This is the 19th year that Mayer has gone on the road with his talented band The seasonal performance features imaginative arrangements of traditional and original carols, composed and led by Mayer and his ensemble of versatile musicians in cities across the country
Prior to visiting Somerville, the Stars & Promises tour will have performed in Hendersonville, NC; Virginia Beach, Va.; Stone Mountain, Ga.;Hampton Va.; Celebration, Fla. and Wysomming, Pa.
The band will make a second stop in New Jersey after leaving Somerville, performing in Parsippany-Troy Hills on Dec. 9. The tour will make several other stops in Erie, Pa., Winchester, Va., Grahanna, Ohio, Bartlett, Ill.,Linn, Mo. and St. Louis, Mo. before concluding in Tulsa, OK on Dec. 20.
“The theme for this year’s Stars and Promises tour is ‘A Junkman’s Christmas,’ which comes from a memory of my father at Christmas who made the most of a forgotten present by weaving together widgets and fix-it objects so that I had another item under the tree,” Mayer explained. “The holiday season is celebrated around the world in song, from concert halls to shopping malls, and we are honored to be a part of families’ yearly traditions as we begin our 19th year of holiday performances.”
Mayer is joined by a world class ensemble of musicians, featuring Chris Walters on piano (Bela Fleck, Alabama, J.D. Souther), Miles Vandiver on drums (Tom Kennedy, Ray Kennedy, Brian Owens), Mark Holland on native flute (Autumn’s Child, Oregon), Kristin Weber on violin and fiddle (Lorde, Kacey Musgraves, Lee Ann Womack), Brendan Mayer (guitarist, singer-songwriter, Mailboat recording artist) and Zeb Briskovich (Clark Terry, Grady Tate, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra) on bass.
The night will feature a collection of timeless carols, original songs and stories, which celebrate the magical Christmas season when families come together from near and far to share gifts of peace, joy, faith and love. The world-class musical performance is accompanied by a beautiful stage production, lighting and pristine sound.
The Stars and Promises tradition is a celebration of story and song that rings in the Christmas spirit.
Mayer has released 13 albums to date and tours year round with his band, the Peter Mayer Group. For the past 28 years, he has performed and recorded with Jimmy Buffett's Coral Reefer Band and shared the stage with a variety of artists including Paul McCartney, James Taylor, Dave Mathews, Paul Simon and Ringo Starr.
For more information on the Peter Mayer Group, visit www.petermayer.com.