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Christmas concert has become annual tradition

For many folks around the area, the start of the Christmas season is not Black Friday, or the first appearance of Santa at the mall -- it's Tom Cawcutt's 11th Annual Christmas Concert.

Cawcutt will once again take center stage this year at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 12th Street and Doddridge Avenue in Cloquet, with doors opening at 6 p.m.and the concert at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 13.

Cawcutt has shared his gift of music with area residents by presenting a series of very special Christmas concerts to benefit area charities over the years.

"I'll be performing Christmas music as well as some of the old standards," said Cawcutt. "I'd like to invite everyone to come and sit back, relax, and enjoy the music of the season."

Cawcutt, of Wrenshall, has written and performed for many years. He began playing piano at the age of 3 after his family discovered he had a natural ear for music. After several years of classical training, he was accepted into the prestigious Julliard School of Music at the age of 16 but decided not to go because he was performing with a local group at the time.

He went on to major in percussion at the University of Wisconsin-Superior and later began work with Potlatch in Cloquet in 1974 and has been employed at the mill ever since.

Music has remained a driving force in Cawcutt's life, however, and he has released several recordings as well as performed in numerous concerts and events throughout the region over the years.Most recdently, he penned the theme song for Bentleyville.

Tickets for Cawcutt's upcoming holiday concert will be available at the door the night of the event.