The Western Carolina Civic Orchestra will present the 10th annual Community Christmas Concert at the Jackson County Public Library today (Thursday). The concert is free. Masks are required in the library and social distancing is requested.

The musical celebration will begin at 6:15 p.m. with caroling on the library steps, weather permitting. Phil and Gayle Woody will lead all comers in singing traditional Christmas carols.

Members of the Civic Orchestra and members of the Sacred Sounds ensemble from Franklin, conducted by Damon Sink, will begin the concert at 7 p.m. in the Community Room with portions of the Christmas Concerto by Arcangelo Corelli.

Younger players will join the orchestra for Pachelbel Canon, Carol of the Bells and more seasonal favorites. These violin students represent the teaching studios of Cathy Arps (Sylva), Kathy Hill (Franklin) and Sarah Smith (Waynesville.)

The Western Carolina Civic Orchestra is supported by the Jackson County Arts Council and the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Jackson County Public Library. For more information, call the Library at 586-2016.