By Kathy L. Collins

In the spirit of the holidays, the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center is offering a series of concerts that will fill attendees with joy. The series is called “Thank God It’s Variety.” Kevin Goodenow, the concert series coordinator explained, “We like to hold good quality concerts at a low price. We also like to offer a variety of shows for the public to enjoy.”

The first concert will feature the South Shore Symphony Orchestra (SSSO) and for the first time, the newly formed SSSO Chorus. The Annual Holiday Concert will be held on Wednesday, December 10 at 7 p.m. The SSSO will perform selections from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite and other holiday favorites. The second half of the concert will feature the SSSO Chorus along with soprano, Jenny Kim-Godfrey and mezzo soprano, Kathy Straub as they perform selections from Handel’s Messiah. A donation of $15 is requested.

The second concert will be held on Thursday, December 18 at 7 p.m. and will feature the Eastern Hillsborough Community Band, a 60 piece concert band. They will perform a “Pops and Classics” program that features a James Bond Medley, a tribute to George Gershwin, music from the ’80s and other popular songs. The concert will include Christmas music and a performance by the Eastern Hillsborough Flute Choir. A donation of $5 is requested.

On Friday, December 19 at 6:30 p.m., the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center welcomes back “Christmas with the Celts.” Concert goers will be treated to a unique blend of seasonal music from the Celtic lands, Christmas favorites and popular Irish/Scottish songs, tunes and dance numbers.

The Celts regularly appear at numerous Celtic festivals and Scottish Highland gatherings around the country from Maine to Florida. They have performed at major attractions such as Dollywood and Disney’s Epcot Center. A donation of $5 is requested.

For additional information about these concerts and other events at the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, call 634-2539 or visit www.sccumc.com.