The Western Carolina Civic Orchestra will present the annual Community Christmas Concert at the Jackson County Public Library at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday. The concert is free, and the public is welcomed.

The musical celebration will begin with caroling on the courthouse steps. Phil and Gayle Woody will lead all comers in singing traditional carols. They will be joined by students from the JAM Junior Appalachian Musicians program, directed by Wanda Messer.

Members of the Civic Orchestra, conducted by Damon Sink, will begin the concert at 7 p.m. with a baroque Christmas Symphony from the 1700s by Gaetano Maria Schiassi.

Lori Richards and her flute students will perform a selection of carols.

Young players will join the orchestra for “Carol of the Bells” and more seasonal favorites.

The Jackson County Arts Council and the Jackson County Historical and Genealogical societies will be hosting an open house and serving refreshments. The public is invited to drop in to learn more about Jackson County arts programs, history and genealogy.

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

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