Concerts, musical performances planned for holiday season
Published: Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.
The varied sounds of the holidays — whether sing-along carols, vintage spirituals or classically arranged works — offer fitting musical accompaniment between now and the end of the year.
More than a dozen concerts and musical performances planned locally feature both area ensembles and internationally known groups. Here’s a look at concerts featuring holiday music over the next two weeks:
MR. JACK DANIEL’S ORIGINAL SILVER CORNET BAND: The ensemble known for recreating a small-town band from Lynchburg, Tenn., performs its “Hometown Christmas” show, featuring such get-in-the-spirit tunes as “Deck the Halls,” “Good King Wenceslas” and “Go Tell it on the Mountain,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday at University Auditorium. Tickets are $20 to $30, $10 for UF students. (392-2787 or Ticketmaster.com)
SANTA FE SINGERS: The Santa Fe College ensemble, along with choral groups from the Vocal Jazz class and Santa Fe’s own version of Il Divo, performs a wide range of holiday music — including “Ding Dong Merrily on High” with two-piano accompaniment, “We Need a Little Christmas” from the musical “Mame” and “Jingle Bells Through the Ages,” a musical history of “Jingle Bells” including narration — at 7:30 tonight at the Santa Fe Fine Arts Hall. Tickets are $12 to $15, $9 for seniors and children, with free admission for Santa Fe students and staff. (395-4181)
GAINESVILLE POPS!: This ensemble’s sixth annual Christmas concert, “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” will roll out yuletide tunes including Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride,” a medley of Christmas carols and Jared Barnes’ “Adventum,” which combines “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” with the “Ukrainian Bell Carol” at 4 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church. Admission is free.
GAINESVILLE YOUTH CHORUS: The group of young singers between the ages of 8 and 18 (which also will perform in the Holiday Traditions concert on Dec. 15) presents its own holiday concert at 5 p.m. Saturday at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. Admission is free.
MUSICA VERA CONSORT: Early sounds of the holidays including sacred and secular music of Christmas, Hanukkah and Native America — all performed on reproductions of early musical instruments by musicians in period costumes — will highlight this ensemble’s performance at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room 101 of UF’s School of Music (next to University Auditorium). Admission is free.
“HOLIDAY HARMONIES II — BARBERSHOP & OLD TIME RADIO FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON”: On Dec. 14, the Gainesville Harmony Show Chorus and Barbergators Chorus team up again for two performances of Christmas carols and holiday tunes inspired by 1940s radio themes at the P.K. Yonge Performing Arts Center. Performances begin at 3 and 7 p.m., with tickets available for $15. (www.barbergators.com/holidayharmonies2)
STOP CHILDREN’S CANCER — HOLIDAY TRADITIONS: The annual benefit concert showcasing such youth choral groups as the P.K. Yonge Concert Chorus, Santa Fe High School Concert Choir, Gainesville Youth Chorus and Concertina Choir, with accompaniment by the Alachua County Youth Orchestra, returns to the Phillips Center at 4 p.m. Dec. 15. Tickets are $12 adults, $6 children. (392-2787 or Stopchildrenscancer.org/holiday-traditions)
ALACHUA COUNTY YOUTH ORCHESTRA: Following its Holiday Traditions performance earlier in the day, the instrumental ensemble featuring area middle and high school students returns for its annual winter concert, conducted by Gary Langford, at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Phillips Center. Admission to the performance, which will feature Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s “Romeo and Julie” along with “Polar Express,” “Jingle Bells Forever” and others, is free.
GAINESVILLE COMMUNITY BAND: The ensemble’s annual holiday concert, “A Bright Christmas,” will feature tunes ranging from “Sleigh Ride” to “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” conducted by Gerald Poe, at 2 p.m. Dec. 15 in the Santa Fe College Fine Arts Hall. Admission is $6.
FESTIVAL OF NINE LESSONS AND CAROLS: The public is invited to sing with and hear the choirs and congregation of First Presbyterian Church performing such works as Daniel Kantor’s “Night of Silence” and William J. Dawson’s arrangement of the traditional spiritual “Mary Had a Baby” on Dec. 15 at 5 p.m. A performance of seasonal music by the Gainesville Brass and the First Presbyterian Youth Handbell Choir will precede the event at 4:30 p.m. Admission is free; an offering will be collected.
DANU: The Celtic traditional-music ensemble will perform its blend of holiday songs and instrumentals from the Emerald Isle, titled “Christmas in Ireland, An Nollaig in Eirinn,” on Dec. 17 at the Phillips Center. The program is set to include such songs as “Oiche Chiuin/Silent Night” and “Angels We Have Heard on High” along with such instrumentals as “Apples in Winter/The Frost is all Over Jig” and “Christmas Eve Reel.” Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. performance are $20-$40, $10 for UF students. (392-2787 or Ticketmaster.com)