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Peter Mayer returns for fourth concert presented by Crime Alert Berks County

by Crime Alert Berks County

Nov 23, 2018
Crime Alert Berks County

Singer-songwriter and world-class guitarist Peter Mayer and his Peter Mayer Group returns to Greater Reading on Thursday, Dec. 6, as Crime Alert Berks County presents – for the fourth consecutive year — his annual Stars and Promises Concert.

This year’s theme is “A Junkman’s Christmas.”  The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Inn at Reading, Wyomissing.  The concert ticket cost is $25.  For concert tickets, contact [email protected] or Scott Light at A to Z Vacuum at 610-374-4888.  Reserve tickets can also be purchased on line at  Concert tickets will also be available at the door.

The Inn is offering a special dinner buffet, priced at $25 per person, from 5:15 to 7:15 p.m., preceding the concert.  Tickets for the concert and the dinner are sold separately.  Reservations are required and can be placed by calling 610-371-4469 or emailing [email protected].

“We are very pleased to again present Peter Mayer’s special seasonal salute to the music and spirit of the holidays,” said Rick Periandi, president of Crime Alert Berks County.  “We’re hoping to see many folks returning for what has become a Christmastime tradition and we surely hope to see some new faces as well.

“I particularly want to thank Denny Lorah and the many volunteers from the Berks County Parrot Head Club who make this night possible.”

Lorah, president of the Berks County Parrot Head Club and a long-time Crime Alert Berks board member, again worked with Mayer and his group to book the show, part of the group’s 19th annual holiday tour.

“The BCPHC has contributed more than $137,000 to Crime Alert Berks from the Stars and Promises Christmas shows,” Lorah said.  The club was established Oct. 1, 2002 and has, since then, raised more than $720,586 for various Berks County charities.

Mayer’s signature seasonal style includes unique arrangements of traditional standards and original holiday music set amidst a beautiful stage production with spectacular lighting and sound.

Mayer said the “Junkman’s” theme harkens to a childhood memory of his dad when the family spent Christmas in India.  Because his dad forgot some of Mayer’s presents, substitutes – odds and ends collected from his workshop and wrapped in newspaper – found their way under the tree.

“That memory became a song that is one of the favorites in our repertoire” said Mayer. “The Christmas holiday season is celebrated around the world in song, from concert halls to shopping malls, and we are honored to be a part of many families’ yearly traditions as we begin our 19th year of holiday performances.”

For the past 28 years, Mayer has performed and recorded with Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band and performed with such renowned artists as Paul McCartney, James Taylor, Dave Mathews, Paul Simon, and Ringo Starr

Mayer’s expert ensemble features veteran musicians Chris Walters on piano, Miles Vandiver on drums, Mark Holland on native flute, Ben Sanders on violin, Brendan Mayer, guitarist, and Zeb Briskovich on bass.

Mayer has also authored the book “A Junkman’s Christmas Eve” in conjunction with this year’s concert theme.  Books will be available on concert night.

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