This past September, Jon Buller and friends re-launched the popular Praise and Worship concert series Hear the Music (HTM) Night to an audience of more than 500 people at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre.
And the series is back again, this time with a Christmas concert Dec. 17 at the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre.
Buller is a Juno nominee and Covenant Award winning Christian recording artist and also the founder of Hear the Music Night events.
“Our plan is to host the event 3 or 4 times a year, so the community has a regular opportunity to come together and sing,” Buller said. “The September event was well-attended and we had so much fun. We thought the Christmas season would be the perfect time to get together again. It’s the one moment of year we get to sing these classic carols. Imagine a packed house with hundreds of voices all singing together. I think it will be magical.”
The HTM stage has always included a talented mix of up and coming youngsters, being mentored as part of the HTM philosophy, as well as seasoned musicians that can come alongside the growing talent. The combination allows for a musical offering that is delivered with excellence and is also full of fresh energy and life. Crowd favorite Robbie Down from Kamloops will be returning as part of the band, along with an ensemble of local young vocalists and special guest Steve Friesen, oftenseen in musical lead roles with Center Stage Performing Academy.
“It’s amazing to have special guests and friends join us, yet all of us as a team have one goal and that’s to see people of all faith backgrounds, all ages and stages come together to sing and experience God together,” Buller said. “We’ll do the stuff we always do – high energy praise, reflective worshipful moments, but obviously with a liberal helping of Christmas music this time around.”
Recently, Buller co-wrote the Christmas single Gloria with the award-winning country artist Raquel Cole, also from Vernon. The release of Gloria received regular airplay last year on 107.5 KISS fm, and is also part of the playlist at the special Christmas themed HTM night, Dec. 17 at the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre. Show is at 7 p.m. The event is free and an offering will be received. For more information, visit www.htmministries.com.