FARMINGTON – The holidays can be bittersweet as well as joyous, especially if families are far away.
That duality will be present in Cori Connors’ annual Christmas concerts, coming Dec. 1 at 3 and 8 p.m. and Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. to the Farmington Community Arts Center. This is Connors’ first Christmas after her mother, a regular attendee at the concerts, died this past August.
Though Connors is determined not to let the concerts become melancholy, they are likely to end up being more tender and reflective.
“It’s hard,” she said of losing her mother. “It’s just how it is. But I think it will lead to a more hopeful Christmas show.”
She admits that some of the songs will be sad, including a new one about local veteran Jay Hess’s Christmas experience in a POW camp.
“He’s an amazing man,” she said. “I’ve felt for a long time that I wanted to pay tribute to him.”
Her connection to the audience, however, will help keep her spirits up.
“If I get too caught up in the sadder songs, I won’t be able to give the audience the comfort I want to give them,” she said. “The second reason is that I won’t be able to sing because I’ll be blubbering.”
For more information check out the Nov.22 edition of Davis Clipper.