Terry Readdick can’t imagine his life without music. The local pianist has been playing for more than 60 years, and it’s something that defined his upbringing.
“I was drawn to the piano as a child and had wonderful parents who encouraged me. They took me to see professional pianists who inspired me to continue practicing and studying music,” he said.
While he’s played many types of music, Readdick has always enjoyed sharing Christmas songs. He feels that the variety of tone evokes a range of emotions — from joy to reverence to childlike glee.
“Christmas music can be both profound and just fun, and over the years, it has been composed in every style of music imaginable,” he said.
Readdick is readying for a special program, presented by the Coastal Symphony of Georgia. It will be held at 4 p.m. Dec. 8 in the Christ Church Frederica Parish Hall. Tickets are $35 for adults and $10 children.
“Although I’ve played Christmas music every year, this is the first all-Christmas solo recital I’ve ever done. It has been a pleasure to practice because of the many moods and styles it includes,” he said.
Readdick will pay familiar pieces as well as some lesser known selections penned by famous composers. He is hoping that generations will come together to listen and set the tone for their Christmas season.
“This concert is designed as a family event, and it includes some popular favorites from Tchaikovsky’s ‘Nutcracker;’ a contemporary arrangement of ‘For Unto Us Is Born,’ from ‘The Messiah;’ a cool jazz arrangement of ‘Silver Bells;’ a majestic and powerful arrangement of ‘Joy to the World;’ and a unique jazz arrangement of ‘Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer,’” he said.
“There are a half-dozen other familiar Christmas and Holiday selections in contemporary, New Age, jazz and gospel styles. One of my goals in doing this was to showcase some of the many creative ways in which familiar Christmas music has been arranged.”
Readdick’s concert is not the only thing the Coastal Symphony is offering music lovers. On the Monday prior, the symphony will present its second concert of the year, which will also feature a number of classics.
The program includes Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel,” followed by Hummel’s Trumpet Concerto in E-flat Major.
Tristian Clarke, of Melodica Men fame, will be the soloist performing in this demanding piece. After intermission, Tchaikovsky’s holiday favorite, an orchestral version of “The Nutcracker Ballet” will close the evening.
The performance will be held at 8 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Brunswick High School Auditorium, 3885 Altama Avenue.
Tickets are $40 per person and may be purchased at the symphony box office at 912-634-2006 or on the website at www.coastalsymphonyofgeorgia.org. A pre-concert dinner is available at 5:30 p.m. at the Brunswick Country Club.
Admission is $24.95 per person, and reservations are due by Friday. To make those, call 912-264-4377, ext. 9.