BY JENNIFFER WARDELL
LAYTON – For Christmas this year, the Davis Arts Council is giving audiences the gift of a second chance.
Well-known Utah performers Mindy Gledhill and Peter Brienholt will return to Layton for the upcoming “DAC The Halls” holiday concert, set for Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. at Layton High School. The duo also performed during the arts council’s summer season, though inclement weather meant that few came out to see them.
“They were so good, and there were so many people who missed it because it was raining that night,” said DAC Executive Director Kirt Bateman. “They both have Christmas albums, so this was all about giving them another go.”
Celebrating the holidays with a returning performer is a tradition that started with the arts council’s first Christmas concert in 2010.
“We knew we wanted to do a Christmas show, and we knew they were working on one,” said Bateman. “It was sort of a happy accident.”
The following year, Alex Boye made a return appearance.
“He’s such a dynamic performer,” he said.
The only year the arts council has broken the tradition was last year, when Voice Male came up to Layton solely for the holiday show.
“One of their most popular CDs is their Christmas CD,” said Bateman. “And it had been a long time since we’d seen them in Layton.”
After four years of performances, the “DAC the Halls” show has become a regular part of many locals’ Christmas celebrations.
“I think it’s starting to become a tradition for people,” said Bateman. “We keep it rather early in the season, because people seem to use it as a springboard for their holiday fun.”
As part of that, the arts council encourages guests to also visit the nearby Layton Christmas lights display and make an evening of it.
“We try to make it more of an all-around thing,” said Bateman. “It’s a chance for families to spend time together.”
Tickets for the show range from $10-$25, depending on location, and can be purchased online at davisarts.org. For more information, call 801-546-8575.