Sometimes the sounds of the season are all you need to lift your spirits and look forward with a sense of wonder and anticipation. From chorale groups to ensembles, musical performances abound throughout the metro Denver area. Fill your season with inspiring compositions from these SCFD-funded organizations.
Holly Jolly Family Concert
Dec 16 at 2 & 4pm • Newman Center for the Performing Arts, Denver
The Arapahoe Philharmonic fills the Newman Center for the Performing Arts with the sounds of the season. Perfect for the full family, these matinee performances include an instrument petting zoo, a gift bag for kids and an invitation to sing along!
Christmas Time Around the World
Dec 16 at 7:30pm and Dec 17 at 3pm • Overland High School Auditorium, Aurora
Explore Christmas through musical compositions created around the world. This family friendly concert includes such beloved holiday favorites as “Carol of the Bells” and “Auld Lang Syne” plus a delightful selection of international songs including “The Huron Indian Carol,” “Brazilian Sleigh Bells” and “Fiesta de Navidad.”
A Baroque Christmas
Dec 17 at 4pm • Gordon Gamm Theater, Boulder
Featuring a 16-member professional choir accompanied by a baroque string orchestra, the Boulder Bach Festival reimagines the Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah. With a combination of soloists and a chamber choir, the presentation is performed without a conductor as the ensemble delivers a seamless performance.
Holidays Celebration with Beethoven
Dec 16 at 7:30pm • Boulder Adventist Church
To celebrate the season and Beethoven’s birthday, the Boulder Chamber Orchestra performs four selections under the guidance of Conductor Bahman Saless. The performance features Mozart’s “Overture to Marriage of Figaro,” Goulet’s “Chocolats Smphoniques,” Bodorova’s “Concert for Flute and Orchestra,” and Beethoven’s “Concerto for Piano” and “orchestra No. 2, Op. 19 in B-Flat.”
Dec 16 at 4pm • Griffin Concert Hall, Ft. Collins
Dec 17 at 2:30pm • Central Presbyterian Church, Denver
Make your holidays complete with a performance of Handel’s Messiah by the Colorado Bach Ensemble. Performed by choirs the world over since 1742, this performance will feature some of the country’s premier Baroque soloists with the professional chorus and orchestra.
Christmastime in the City
Dec 16 at 7pm and Dec 17 at 2:30pm • Concert hall at the King Center, Denver
The bright brass — trumpets, horns and tubas — bring holiday cheer to the King Center on the Auraria Campus. Baritone Steve Taylor and soprano Aubrey Jacobs are accompanied by the extraordinary musicianship of the Denver Brass.
Dec 15 at 7:30pm and Dec 16 at 3pm • Central Presbyterian Church
In case there was any question, the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra and Colorado Chorale are determined to deliver cheer this holiday season with their so-named Holiday Cheer! Concert. Featuring favorites such as “We Need a Little Christmas” and the Concert Suite from The Polar Express to “Sleigh Ride” and “Waltz of the Flowers” from The Nutcracker, audiences are sure to be smiling from ear to ear.
Colorado Mountain Holiday Concert
Dec 16 at 3pm and Dec 16 at 6pm • Evergreen Christian Church, Evergreen
Everyone knows there’s no place like home for the holidays, and Evergreen Chamber Orchestra will make you feel right at home with its Colorado Mountain Holiday Concert. Featuring festive music and an invitation to sing along, Evergreen is sure to be your home-away-from-home this holiday season.
Caroling, Caroling Now We Go!
Dec 10 at 2pm • D.L. Parsons Theatre, Northglenn
Dec 15 at 7:30pm • Saint John’s Episcopal Cathedral, Denver
Dec 16 at 7:30pm • First Plymouth UCC, Cherry Hills Village
Dec 17 at 3pm • Wellshire Presbyterian Church, Denver
Founded in 1997, Kantorei is an all-volunteer choir under the direction of Artistic Director Joel M. Rinsema that seeks to “elevate the human experience through choral excellence.” The group performs throughout the area featuring music by Alexander L’Estrange, Daniel Pinkham, and John Rutter.
Candlelight: A Baroque Christmas
Dec 16 at 4pm • Vance Brand Civic Auditorium, Longmont
Founded in 1966, the Longmont Symphony Orchestra has entertained the area for more than 50 years. This holiday season orchestra, soloists and a choir will present Vivaldi’s Gloria.
Home for the Holidays
Dec 14-23 • Times Vary • 10075 Commons St., Lonetree
Pair a little dance with a lot of song and you’ve got Home for the Holidays, a Christmas-infused variety show complete with a visit from good ol’ Saint Nick and Mrs. Claus. This not-to-be-missed seasonal favorite returns for its tenth season.
Irish Christmas in America: The Show
Dec 17 at 2pm • 1 E. Memorial Pkwy., Northglenn
This family-favorite show has been performing across American since 2005. Now audiences in the metro Denver area can enjoy a performance of Irish music, song, dance and stories accented by a rich multi-media backdrop.
It’s The Holiday Season
Dec 17 at 4pm • Broomfield Auditorium, Broomfield
This year, the season is sure to be merry and bright, thanks to the Rocky Mountain Brassworks. Their family friendly performance will include seasonal favorites punctuated with great gospel music.
Dickens’ A Christmas Carol
Dec 16 at 7:30pm • Bethany Lutheran Church, Cherry Hills Village
Dec 17 at 3pm • Montview Presbyterian Church, Denver
Experience Charles Dickens’ heartwarming holiday classic in an all new way when the St. Martins Chamber Choir performs Victorian-era carols to accompany narration of the beloved tale of redemption.