Sit back, relax and enjoy a free holiday performance of “Winter Rhapsody” by Opera Leggera at the Nathaniel Center, Friday, Dec.12. This promises to be an exciting evening of favorite Christmas classics and jazzy holiday renditions sung in quartet harmony. “Opera Leggera is a performing company making its home in the Kingwood area,” said Chris Holloway, the company’s general director. “The name is Italian and translates to ‘light opera,’ meaning classical music that’s not heavy. The company offers quality, professional performances the whole family can enjoy.” He said the purpose of this show is to refocus those who get burnt out during the holidays by commercialism, so they are able to return to the a mood of Christmas cheer. The company started in Kingwood in 2003. It later moved to Ft. Lauderdale, but Holloway said they moved back to Kingwood and plan to stay and bring many of the contacts they made around the world here to perform. “Our larger goal is to educate children who will be our audience in the future,” he said. “We want to make plans to take our music into the schools or bring the children to us.” He said the group performs many of the children’s favorites such as “Oklahoma,” “Peter and the Wolf” and “Mozart’s Magic Flute,” a fairytale. He said they plan performances that appeal to people from ages 1 to 110. “Any member of the family will enjoy this music,” said Holloway. “General admission is free, but those interested should go by and pick up tickets. The day of the performance, it will be on a as available basis.” The facility seats approximately 500 people. The show is offered in one performance only, Friday, Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m. Premiere center table seating is $8 per person or $50 for a table of eight and includes one small cheese and bread platter and one glass of wine or juice per person. For tickets, call 281-348-7800 or visit www.nathanielcenter.com.

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