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The New Hampshire Gay Men’s Chorus. Courtesy photo.




Holiday toe-tapping
Classical fare to set the mood

11/24/16
By Kelly Sennott ksennott@hippopress.com



 Not in the holiday mood yet? Some classical music will do the trick. New Hampshire orchestras, choirs and music groups have all kinds of concerts planned for the next few weeks — take your pick.

 
• The New Hampshire Philharmonic presents its Holiday Pops concert on Saturday, Nov. 26, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 27, at 2 p.m., at the Stockbridge Theatre, 5 Pinkerton St., Derry. The group performs with the Pinkerton Choir some favorite holiday selections under Conductor Mark Latham. Tickets are $12 to $50, $10 for students. Visit nhphil.org.
• The Manchester Community Music School (2291 Elm St.) hosts its annual holiday pops concert Friday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m., featuring performances by the New Hampshire Youth Jazz and Wind Ensembles, the Dino Anagnost Youth Symphony and Concert Orchestras, the Robbins Farley Honors Brass Ensemble and the Flute Choir. There will be a holiday photo booth complete with props and raffle prizes. Tickets are $40. Visit mcmusicschool.org or call 644-4548.
Con Tutti presents an event with brass, giant puppets and singing Saturday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m., at South Church, 292 State St., Portsmouth. This year, 120 performers, directed by Joanne Connolly, sing a range of music, from French to South African carols and songs. Tickets are $15. Call 207-451-9346.
Profile Chorus presents a concert, “Where Are You Christmas?” Saturday, Dec. 3, at 2 and 7 p.m., featuring special guests Boston Accent, plus Musicality and No Kiddin’, at Southern New Hampshire University’s Dining Center Banquet Hall, 2500 N. River Road, Manchester. Tickets are $20. Visit profilechorus.org or call 490-8247.
• The Sandpipers Seacoast Children’s Chorus presents its Winter Concert Saturday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m., at the Stratham Community Church, 6 Emery Lane, Stratham, and Sunday, Dec. 4, at 3 p.m., at the Middle Street Baptist Church, 18 Court St., Portsmouth. There’s a suggested $10 donation at the door. Visit sandpiperschorus.com.
The Walker Lecture Fund presents Handel’s “Messiah” per Christmas tradition with a dress rehearsal on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 10 a.m., and the live performance on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m., at the South Congregational Church, 27 Pleasant St., Concord. Benjamin Greene conducts the 75-member Concord Community Chorus. There’s no admission; first-come, first-served. Visit walkerlecture.org.
The First Congregational Church Chancel Choir, Sabbath Bells and musical guests, New England Brass, present a Christmas Concert at First Congregational Church, 508 Union St., Manchester, Sunday, Dec. 4, at 4 p.m. The concert weaves together Advent and Christmas readings, carols and anthems in a format that follows the traditional Lessons and Carols service made popular by King’s College in Cambridge, England. There will be a freewill offering whose proceeds go to Union Leader’s Santa Fund. Call 625-5093.
The Rockingham Choral Society, directed by Andrew Gaydos, presents its Christmas Concert Saturday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, 187 East Road, Hampstead, and Sunday, Dec. 4, at 3 p.m., at Christ Church, 43 Pine St., Exeter. General admission is $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Visit rockinghamchoralsociety.org.
The Saint Anselm College Choir presents DecemberSong at the Abbey Church, 100 Saint Anselm Drive, Manchester, Saturday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m., which features a service of readings and songs celebrating the Advent and Christmas seasons. The program begins in darkness with a candlelight contemplative song. Admission is free; call 641-7700 or email dana@anselm.edu or visit anselm.edu.
The New Hampshire Gay Men’s Chorus presents its annual winter concert, themed “Holiday Music to Warm the Heart,” in four events this December. The group stops at the First Baptist Church of Nashua, 121 Manchester St., Nashua, on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m.; at the Rochester Opera House, 31 Wakefield St., Rochester, on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 5 p.m.; at the Wesley United Methodist Church, 79 Clinton St., Concord, on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 7:30 p.m.; and at the Derryfield School, 2108 River Road, Manchester, on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 4 p.m. The Rochester concert features free admission; tickets to other concerts are $20.
The Strafford Wind Symphony hosts a holiday pops concert on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. at the Rochester Opera House, 31 Wakefield St., Rochester. On the menu are holiday favorites, new and old, a special narrated piece and a gift basket raffle. Tickets are $12 or $7 for attendees 12 and younger. Visit rochesteroperahouse.com.
• This year’s Mont Vernon Messiah Sing! concerts are Saturday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 4, at 4 p.m., at the Mont Vernon Congregational Church, 4 S. Main St., Mont Vernon. All are welcome to participate, and scores will be available for $10. 
The Granite State Ringers’ handbell concerts are Saturday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. at the Wesley United Methodist Church, 79 Clinton St., Concord; Sunday, Dec. 4, at 3 p.m. at the Main Street United Methodist Church, 154 Main St., Nashua; Saturday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m., at the First United Methodist Church, 34 S. Main St., Rochester; and Sunday, Dec. 11, at 3 p.m., at the Monadnock Waldorf School, 98 S. Lincoln St., Keene. Visit granitestateringers.org. Ticket prices range per show but average about $10.
The New Greeley Singers perform a concert, Spirit of Christmas, Sunday, Dec. 4, at 4 p.m., at the First Congregational Church, 3 Main St., Pelham. Tickets are $15. Visit newgreeleysingers.com.
The Eric Mintel Quartet performs a concert of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” tunes, with Eric Mintel on piano, Nelson Hill on alto sax, Dave Mohn on drums and Jack Hegvi on bass, at the Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester, on Monday, Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25. Visit palacetheatre.org or call 668-5588.
Portsmouth Pro Musica presents two holiday concerts on the Seacoast the second weekend of December, both featuring a setting of “Gloria,” plus internationally-known soprano Maria Ferrante. The first concert is Friday, Dec. 9, at 8 p.m., at St. Mary’s Church, 25 Third St., Dover, and the next is Sunday, Dec. 11, at 3 p.m., at North Church, 2 Congress St., Portsmouth. Tickets are $15. Visit portsmouthpromusica.org.
Symphony New Hampshire presents its holiday pops concert on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 8 p.m. at the Keefe Center for the Arts, 117 Elm St., Nashua. The concert will feature the orchestra under conductor Jonathan McPhee, plus the New World Chorale under conductor Holly Krafka. The New England Tenors will also perform. Tickets are $10 to $49; call 595-9156 or visit symphonynh.org. The concert happens again in Concord on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 3 p.m., at the Concord City Auditorium, 2 Prince St., Concord. 
• There’s a Holiday Folk Concert Saturday, Dec. 10, at 7:30 p.m., featuring Susie Burke and David Surette with Kent Allyn, at the Concord Community Music School, 23 Wall St., Concord, 228-1196, ccmusicschool.org. The concert will feature a number of selections from the musicians’ holiday CD release, “Wonderland,” plus folk and acoustic fare from their standard repertoire. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students and seniors. 
• The Boston Pops Holiday Concert is at the SNHU Arena, 555 Elm St., Manchester, Saturday, Dec. 10, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $42 to $77, and doors open at 6:30 p.m. Call 800-745-3000 or visit snhuarena.com.
Amare Cantare performs an a cappella program featuring Christmas carol arrangements at the Immaculate Conception Church, 98 Summer St., Portsmouth, on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 7:30 p.m.; at Saint Joseph’s Church, 150 Central Ave., Dover, on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 3 p.m.; and at Christ Church, 43 Pine St., Exeter, on Wednesday, Dec. 14, at 7:30 p.m. General admission is $15 at the door or $12 in advance. Visit amarecantare.com.
• The Monadnock Chorus performs Rossini’s “Petite Messe Solennelle” Saturday, Dec. 10, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 11, at 3 p.m., at the Peterborough Town House, 1 Grove St., Peterborough. Tickets are $20. Visit monadnock-chorus.org.
• The Manchester Choral Society’s upcoming concert, Star Song, happens Saturday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 11, at 3 p.m., at the Brookside Congregational Church, 2013 Elm St., Manchester, conducted by Dan Perkins. Tickets are $25. Call 472-6627 or visit mcsnh.org. Admission is free for students in grades K through 12.
The Lakes Region Symphony Orchestra performs its holiday pops concert Saturday, Dec. 10, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 11, at 3 p.m., at the Inter-Lakes Community Auditorium, Route 25, Meredith. The concert features traditional and popular songs of the season; tickets are $15. Visit lrso.org.
The Granite Statesmen barbershop chorus performs its annual Christmas show Saturday, Dec. 10, at 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. at the Alpine Grove Banquet center, 19 S. Depot Road, Hollis. Visit granitestatesmen.org for ticket information.
The Souhegan Valley Chorus performs its holiday concert Sunday, Dec. 11, at 6 p.m., at Souhegan High School, 412 Boston Post Road, Amherst. Tickets are free for children 12 and younger, $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Visit souheganvalleychorus.org for more information.
Sounds of the Seacoast, an international award-winning women’s barbershop chorus, performs A Holly Jolly Cabaret at the Jarvis Center at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 40 Andrew Jarvis Drive, Portsmouth, on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15. Visit soundsoftheseacoast.org. Call 759-5152.
New England Voices in Harmony presents its winter concert, ’Tis the Season, featuring the chorus and quartets Saturday, Dec. 17, at 2 p.m., at the Nashua Senior Center, 70 Temple St., Nashua. Tickets are $8 to $15. Visit newenglandvoicesinharmony.org.
The Capital Jazz Orchestra presents Holiday Pops! at the Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 S. Main St., Concord, Sunday, Dec. 18, at 4 p.m. The event will feature special guests Patty Barkas, Laura Daigle and CJ Poole, who will perform songs like “The Christmas Song,” “Let it Snow,” “Jingle Bells” and “Sleigh Ride.” NHPR’s Laura Knoy will recite a rendition of ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas. Tickets are $20 to $45. Visit ccanh.com or call 225-1111.
Rock My Soul presents a Rockin’ Holiday Concert at St. John’s Methodist Church, 28 Cataract Ave., Dover, on Sunday, Dec. 18, at 5 p.m. Tickets are $15. 
• Irish tenor, recording artist, physician and champion disabled athlete Ronan Tynan performs a holiday concert, along with the New Hampshire Police Association Pipes and Drums, on Sunday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m., at the Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester. Tickets are $30.50 to $60.50. Visit palacetheatre.org or call 668-5588.
The Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra’s Family Holiday Pops concert is at The Music Hall (28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth)Tuesday, Dec. 20, at 7:30 p.m., and Wednesday, Dec. 21, at 7:30 p.m., with special guests Taylor O’Donnell and Chris Klaxton, where audiences will hear holiday favorites old and new. Visit themusichall.org or call 436-2400 for tickets, which are $12 to $25. 
• There’s an opera evening concert, “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” at Christ Church, 43 Pine St., Exeter, on Friday, Dec. 30, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15. 





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