It will be an evening of Christmas and song. That is about all local singer and teacher Maureen Washington will reveal about an upcoming concert at Cafe Voltaire with musician David Sproule. For anything more, you have to attend the special December 18 concert. This is the second year that the duo will be performing their seasonal event. Washington does promise it will be lots of fun.
She will be singing some Christmas songs in Italian, German and Spanish. “Learning the songs has been a neat way to learn the language,” she said. “And we’ll be doing a variety of Christmas standards and some nostalgic pieces that I hope will give people fond memories of this time of year. And we will be doing some modern stuff too. Last year’s concert was well received and so we want to do it again this year. I think it’s a good way to get people into the Christmas season spirit.” On the list of songs they will “for sure” perform is White Christmas, Jesu Bambino and a jazzy version of Baby It’s Cold Outside along with a bluesy rendition of Merry Christmas Baby. “It will be a kind of 1930’s Big Band Sound right through to modern pop,” said Washington.
Washington is known locally for her soulful renditions, jazz, blues and pop singing. The mother of five children aged nine to 16 was born and raised in Prince George. She has performed on stage, at folk festivals and concerts. And she teaches voice at the same place where Sproule gives piano lessons.
For Sproule’s part, the show will give him a chance to do what he loves best. Playing piano. And making music. “I just love to share my love of music. There are so many different styles.” On a personal note, Sproule intends to spend the holiday season in a laid back fashion “relaxing and meeting with people.” After the concert, he will visit family in Burnaby for Christmas.
“I have a vision about Christmas being a time for caring and sharing, of sitting by the fireplace after working for months of the year and just really enjoying being with people and relaxing.” Both Sproule and Washington agree their holiday performance next week will be a “fun, fun night for everyone.” The December 18 Evening of Christmas and Song show is free of charge and starts at 7 p.m. Cafe Voltaire is located in Books and Company, just below Artspace, at 1685-3rd Avenue in Prince George.