Christmas music embodies the spirit of the season, much like the National Anthem evokes Independence Day and the ambient compositions of Philip Glass reflect the existential angst of Valentine’s Day. Treat ears to Yuletide tunes with today’s GrouponLive deal: for $19, you get one orchestra ticket to Holidays with The Trail Band: Old-Fashioned Christmas at the Aladdin Theater, a concert benefiting Friends of the Children (up to a $46.15 value, including all fees). Performances begin at 7 p.m., and doors open at 6:15 p.m. Choose from the following dates:
- Thursday, December 8
- Friday, December 9
- Sunday, December 11<p>
A cavalcade of strings and horns sings out season’s greetings as eight-piece ensemble The Trail Band weaves an elaborate blanket of sound to protect audiences from the winter chill nipping at the Aladdin Theater’s doors. Formed to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Oregon Trail, the band cut its teeth on traditional folktunes and Native American melodies before expanding its range to encompass other historical genres unique to America’s Northwest. Old-Fashioned Christmas continues the group’s old-timey tradition, commemorating Santa’s 1843 crash landing on Mount Hood with holiday tunes that evoke the parlor orchestras and brass bands of yesteryear. Parents and children clap along as the band stuffs ear stockings with rich vocal harmonies, humorous asides, and the antique timbre of hammer dulcimers, pennywhistles, fiddles, and acoustic synthesizers.
The Aladdin Theater’s origin as a late-1920s vaudeville house makes it an ideal venue for a band steeped in the waters of American history, and orchestra seats put audience members so close to the action that they can hear the wheels of time turning back to a bygone era. In the spirit of Christmas, proceeds will benefit Friends of the Children, a Portland-based charity that mentors vulnerable children.