- $25 for one ticket to see John Tesh Big Band Christmas (up to $72.70 value)
- When: Friday, December 20, at 7:30 p.m.
- Where: Wilbur Theatre
- Seating: floor, mezzanine, or balcony section
- Door time: 6:30 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.
- Click here to view the seating chart.
John Tesh Big Band Christmas
John Tesh's relentless releases make it easy to forget that he started out as a host of Entertainment Tonight. With nearly one album a year since 1988—sometimes more—he conquered the parallel universes of smooth-jazz and New Age music, earning two Grammy awards and four gold records. His latest effort, Big Band, hearkens back to before even his TV-hosting years, paying tribute to the artists that fostered his life’s passion as a child.
For his Big Band Christmas, Tesh and his 14-piece band apply the style of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Nat King Cole to a set of classic carols. From “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” to “Carol of the Bells,” Tesh’s voice remains strong, smooth, and as confidently mischievous as a well-dressed raccoon. Piano solos and engaging banter with the audience spice the evening of familiar favorites with a personal touch.
A theater on the National Register of Historic Places, the Wilbur Theatre is now a premier venue for comedy and music. When it was built in 1914, the architect Clarence H. Blackall designed its porticos and brick façade with inspiration drawn from American Colonial architecture, characterized by a Federal Revival style that included powdered wigs hanging over every doorway. "The auditorium is, in its chaste way," architectural historian Douglas Tucci is quoted as saying on the theater's website, "the handsomest of any Boston playhouse."