For people all across Davis County that person is local songwriter/performer Cori Connors, who seems to return the sentiment. This year, she is holding both her “Perfectly Christmas” concerts in Farmington, scheduling them for Dec. 4 and 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the city’s community art center (though tickets for Dec. 6 are almost completely gone, there are still plenty for Dec. 4).
“I just like the feeling at Christmas concerts,” said Connors, who will be performing with Mark Robinette and Dave and Carla Eskelsen. “People are very warm-hearted, responsive, and nostalgic about childhood.”
She laughed. “They tend to embrace my kind of songwriter during the holidays.”
For the last several years, Connors has done a Christmas concert in both Farmington and Salt Lake. This year, though, she decided to move them both to Farmington both to make setup easier and because her Farmington concerts have a history of selling out well in advance.
“We may have a string quartet at the concert this year. It depends on how many tickets we sell,” said Connors. “We usually sell out, but I always have this fear that I’ll be stuck.”
No matter how stressful setting up the concerts are, however, the magic of performing Christmas songs that never goes away.
“There’s a little door inside of everyone that’s often shut because we’re way too old and cynical, but at Christmas we open that door and let the tender, childlike part of ourselves be exposed,” said Connors.
She’s seen even grown men wipe tears from their eyes at her concerts.
“It touches people, whether they want to be touched or not,” she said. “If that door inside them is even slightly open, music is the breeze that can sneak in and swing it open a little more.”
Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door, and are available for purchase online at www.farmington.utah.gov. They’re also available by calling 801-451-0953 (Visa/Mastercard required) or in person at the Parks and Recreation offices (720 W. 100 North).