Crime Alert Berks County presents Peter Mayer and his 18th annual “Stars and Promises” Christmas Tour Wednesday, Dec. 6, starting at 7:30 p.m., at the DoubleTree by Hilton Reading Hotel, 701 Penn St. The theme of this year’s tour is “When You Come Home.”
The night will feature a collection of timeless carols, original songs and stories, which celebrate the magical Christmas season when families come together from near and far to share gifts of peace, joy, faith and love. The holiday season is also a time for giving to the needs in local communities. In each city that the tour visits, Stars and Promises partners with a local charity to raise funds for those in need and contributes 10 percent of its product sales to a chosen charitable cause.
Mission BBQ is the major concert sponsor.
Tickets are $25 and are available at iTickets.com, petermayer.com, BerksCountyParrotHead.Club, or by contacting Crime Alert Berks at 610-375 4747 or [email protected]. Tickets will also be available at the door. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Mayer and his ensemble were the featured performers at the 2015 and 2016 concerts, both held at the DoubleTree. Crime Alert has presented an annual holiday concert for the past six years. The shows have been organized by Denny Lorah, a long-time Crime Alert board member and president of the Berks County Parrot Head Club which has sponsored the shows. Over the past years, these shows have raised thousands of dollars for Crime Alert Berks County.
“I want to thank Peter Mayer, Denny Lorah, and Craig Poole of the Doubletree Hotel for their continued support of Crime Alert Berks County,” said Rick Periandi, president of Crime Alert Berks County. “Denny’s Christmas show is one of our largest fundraisers and offers people the opportunity to enjoy an evening of outstanding music and an exceptional performance while supporting our efforts to continue to reduce crime in Berks County.”
The Crime Alert board encourages concertgoers to dine at one of the many fine downtown eateries prior to the performance. Dinner will also be served at Cheers! at the DoubleTree, but seating is limited and advance reservations are advised.
Mayer, a longtime performer with Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band, has released more than a dozen albums to date and has performed with high-profile recording stars James Taylor, Don Henley, Joe Walsh, and Ringo Starr. He tours year-round with the Peter Mayer Group
Mayer is joined by a world-class ensemble of musicians. The group covers a wide array of musical styles, moving effortlessly between folk, bluegrass, Celtic, jazz and classical notes with instruments that include piano, guitar, mandolin, violin, native flute, upright bass, drums and percussion. The music is accompanied by a production team that delivers exceptional lights and sound to capture each performance. Additionally, a live recording of each show is made available for sale immediately following the concert.
The musical performance is accompanied by a beautiful stage production, lighting and pristine sound. The ‘Stars and Promises’ tradition is a celebration of story and song that rings in the Christmas spirit.
“Most wonderful time, Oh Holy Night, no map has named it, no words defined,” sings Mayer. “For all we’ve made of Christmas, Follow the star, come as you are: When you come home it’s here.”