One of the most endearing Christmas tales ever told, “A Charlie Brown Christmas” has proven itself to be an enduring classic. Originally telecast in December 1965, the program was an instant hit with audiences who connected with Peanuts creator Charles M. Schultz’s cast of characters – especially with its rounded-headed hero Charlie Brown, his woefully scrawny Christmas tree, and his typewriter-wielding dog Snoopy. Nearly given the ax by CBS studios at the time of its release, this beloved holiday classic resonates with both children and adults of every generation. Though more than four decades old, the story of commercialism run rampant echoes clearly to this day.

The musical score for “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” composed by the late Vince Guaraldi, is just as poignant and touching as the story and includes the hugely popular hit “Linus and Lucy.” His gentle jazz riffs established musical trademarks that, to this day, still prompt smiles of recognition.

This classic collection of holiday music will be performed by a quartet led by award-winning songwriter and veteran performer Heather Pierson who has just finished her eighth CD, Motherless Child, a collection of jazz and blues originals and choice standards that was recorded at the church.

Joining Pierson for this very special Christmas concert will be Joe Aliperti on alto and tenor saxes, Shawn Nadeau on bass, and Matty Bowman on drums. The group will perform the entirety of the Charlie Brown Christmas album as recorded by the Vince Guaraldi Trio, as well as other well-known and popular Christmas tunes.

The First Universalist Church of Norway is at 479 Main. St. Admission is $15 for adults and children under 12 are free. Tickets are available at

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