Get cozy for Christmas with some jazz

Staff reports

The holiday season can get stressful, but soprano Amanda Horton and guitarist Andy Jurik have the perfect antidote with “Warm December,” a heartwarming program of yuletide jazz, winter carols and Christmas songs at White Horse Black Mountain on Dec. 9.

Amanda Horton

Featuring all original arrangements by Jurik, the concert combines original takes on holiday standards and traditional carols with unexpected contributions from the movies, country music, the classical guitar world and Broadway. The artists aim to create an island of humor, nostalgia, hope and warmth in what for many is a hectic and uncertain time.

Horton is a frequent performer across the region in cabaret, musical theater, opera, and symphonic repertoire. She’s graced the White Horse stage in “Live from the USO,” a showcase of 1940s pop standards, as well as the art-song cabaret “Songs of Innocence and Wisdom.” She’s been a featured soloist with the Seville Symphony and Long Bay Symphony.

Jurik’s resume includes performances at the Southern Exposure concert series, the Southern Guitar Festival, the Charleston U.U Candlelight concert series, and the JASPER Artists of the Year Awards in Columbia, South Carolina. He recently completed his doctor of musical arts degree at the University of South Carolina, where he twice received the Graduate Creative Performance award.

In addition to performing, composing, arranging and teaching, Jurik serves as co-director of the Asheville Classical Guitar Society.

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Who: Amanda Horton and Andy Jurik

When: 8 p.m. Dec. 9

Where: White Horse Black Mountain

Cost: $20 advance, $22 door