Laguna Community Concert Band will bring back an old favorite, “The Bells of Christmas," as part of its free “Swingin’, Singin’ Holiday Concert" at 3 p.m. Sunday.
Returning as mistress of ceremonies will be actress and local resident Lona Ingwerson, who will also narrate Henry Wordsworth Longfellow’s “The Bells of Christmas."
“I think it’s a show that families would really enjoy," she said. “It’s sort of a kickoff for the Christmas season."
Ingwerson said she was thrilled to volunteer her efforts to the organization.
“I wanted to give back to the community," she said. “This is one way I can do it."
Longfellow wrote the poem during the Civil War, during the height of his own personal turmoil; the poem cycles from joy to despair back to joy again.
The show will also feature the 60-piece band’s performances of favorites like “Greensleeves," “Let It Snow" and a Christmas pop sing-along. Santa Claus is set to make an appearance, as well as a choir from Anneliese’s Schools.
“They’re going to do many beautiful numbers," Ingwerson said.
Ingwerson, who was a household face in the Midwest when she appeared as Mrs. Safeway in the grocery chain’s commercials, is now a Christian Science practitioner.
She lives at Thousand Steps Beach with her husband, Don; they have three grown children.
In addition to narrating “The Bells of Christmas," Ingwerson has also performed “The Lincoln Portrait" and “Peter and the Wolf" for other orchestras.
“I am honored to be a part of this beautiful Christmas program," she said. “The band is top notch, and I know the audience will be thrilled with the concert. These musicians are so dedicated, and so talented."