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The Dana Center for the Humanities presents Danu, A Christmas Gathering on Dec. 5. Courtesy photo.




Traditional medleys
Where to get your classical fix

11/27/14
By Kelly Sennott ksennott@hippopress.com



 For a sure way to get into the holiday spirit, check out what your local symphony, orchestra or chorale has planned for this December, from holiday pops to Christmas sing-alongs. You’ll be singing “Jingle Bells” before you know it.

 
• The New Hampshire Philharmonic present its Holiday Pops concert at the Stockbridge Theatre, 5 Pinkerton St., Derry, on Saturday, Nov. 29, at 7:30 p.m. Music includes Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, Strauss’s Tales from the Vienna Woods and Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride.” The program will also include an arrangement of Russian Christmas music and an up-and-coming piece by Larysa Kuzmenko, a Toronto-based composer and pianist. The Philharmonic will be joined by Pinkerton Academy choristers and, if they so desire, audience members, who are encouraged to sing along. Tickets are $12 to $50; visit nhphil.org.
• On Sunday, Nov. 30, at 7:30 p.m., the Celtic Tenors Christmas is at the Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 S. Main St., Concord. The trio has performed internationally, and during this concert they’ll perform Celtic songs like “Danny Boy” and classics like “Nessun Dorma.” Tickets are $28 to $38. Visit ccanh.com or call 225-1111.
• The Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra hosts its Family Holiday Pops concert on Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 7:30 p.m., and Wednesday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m., at The Music Hall, 128 Chestnut St., Portsmouth. Tickets are $25 per person; visit portsmouthsymphony.org or call 436-2400.
• On Thursday, Dec. 4, at 7:30 p.m., the New England Wind Symphony presents Twelve Months of Music at the Stockbridge Theatre, 5 Pinkerton St., Derry. In celebration of the 200th anniversary of Pinkerton Academy, the 40-piece symphony, along with special guests, will salute the year in music. Highlights include a world premiere musical work by Jerry Ascione, a vocal cavalcade and holiday sing-along, selections with the Pinkerton Select Choir and a traditional reading of ’Twas the Night Before Christmas by NHPR’s Laura Knoy. Tickets range from $15 to $25, with proceeds going to the Stockbridge Theatre Restoration Fund. Call 437-5210 or visit stockbridgetheatre.com.
• On Thursday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m., the Aeterna Trio (featuring Ben Birkbeck, piano, Devon Colella, cello, and Andy Happel, violin) performs at the Discover Portsmouth Center, 10 Middle St., Portsmouth. The group will playfully reinterpret beloved classics, including “Ava Maria,” “Nessun Dorma,” and music from The Nutcracker. Tickets are $12; call 436-8433.
• Southern New Hampshire University’s choir and orchestra present a concert, Rutter Requiem, on Friday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m., at the Dining Center Banquet Hall, Southern New Hampshire University, 2500 N. River Road, Manchester. The event will comprise a variety of traditional pieces and ones that represent the winter and holiday season, including a rendition of the “Requiem” by English composer John Rutter. The event is free. Call 629-4626, visit snhucalendar.snhu.edu or email k.savage@snhu.edu.
• The Dana Center for the Humanities, 100 Saint Anselm Drive, Manchester, hosts Danu, a Christmas Gathering on Friday, Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $33.75; call 641-7700 or visit anselm.edu.
• The Rockingham Choral Society presents a Holiday Concert featuring C.P.E. Bach’s “Magnificent” on Bach’s 300th birthday Saturday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m., at First Parish Church, 218 Central Ave., Dover; on Sunday, Dec. 7, at 3:30 p.m., at Christ Church, 43 Pine St., Exeter; and Tuesday, Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m., at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, 187 E. Road, Hampstead. Tickets are $15 at the door, available at rockinghamchoralsociety.org. There will also be carols during which audience members are encouraged to sing along.
• The Church of Our Savior in Milford presents “Refresh Your Soul,” a harp concert featuring Erica Driscoll on Saturday, Dec. 6, at 2 p.m., which is located at the intersection of Amherst and Grove streets, outside the Milford Oval. The performance will follow the church’s Christmas fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. that day. The concert is free, but a free-will offering will be collected. Call 673-3309 or visit facebook.com/coosmilford or coosmilford.org.
• The Manchester Community Music School’s 2014 Holiday Pops concert is Saturday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m., at the Manchester Community Music School, 2291 Elm St., Manchester. The concert showcases sounds from the NH Youth Jazz Ensemble and the NH Youth Wind Ensemble. Tickets $35 each; a table of 10 is $300. Visit mcmusicschool.org. All proceeds will benefit the school’s programs and financial aid fund. 
• The Granite State Ringers present a concert, Christmas Classics, at the First Methodist Church (34 S. Main St., Rochester, firstumcrochester.org) on Saturday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m.; at the Gethsemane Lutheran Church (65 Sagamore St., Manchester, glcmanchester.org) on Sunday, Dec. 7, at 3 p.m.; at Interlakes High School (1 Laker Lane, Meredith, lrso.org) as guest performers of the Lakes Region Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, Dec. 13, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 14, at 3 p.m. Visit websites for each location for information on how to get tickets; visit granitestateringers.org for additional information. The concerts will comprise of Christmas classics, some of which date back to medieval times.
• The Manchester Choral Society will be caroling at the Currier Museum of Art, 150 Ash St., Manchester, on Saturday, Dec. 6, from noon to 1:30 p.m. The group also performs in a concert, A Christmas Tapestry, with Benjamin Britten’s “A Ceremony of Carols” and Stephen Paulus’s “Christmas Dances,” featuring Katie Lyon-Pingree on harp and Melissa Mielens on flute, with 2G MCS and The Derryfield School Concert Choir. Performances happen Saturday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m., at the Derryfield School, 2108 Rover Road, Manchester, and on Sunday, Dec. 14, at 3 p.m., at Grace Church, 106 Lowell St., Manchester. Tickets are $20-$25; call 472-6627 or visit mcsnh.org.
• The New Hampshire Gay Men’s Chorus presents A Blizzard of Seasonal Songs at Nashua Community College’s Judd Gregg Hall Auditorium, 505 Amherst St., Nashua, 578-8900, on Saturday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m.; at the Christ Episcopal Church, 1035 Lafayette Road, Portsmouth, 436-8842, on Sunday, Dec. 7, at 4 p.m.; at the Wesley United Methodist Church, 79 Clinton St., Concord, 224-7413, on Sunday, Dec. 13, at 7:30 p.m.; and at the Derryfield School, 2108 River Road, Manchester, on Sunday, Dec. 14, at 4 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person; visit nhgmc.com.
• The Saint Anselm College Choir performs its annual December Song concert Saturday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m., at the Abbey Church at Saint Anselm College, 100 Saint Anselm Drive, Manchester. The program begins in darkness, with a special service of readings and songs celebrating the Advent and Christmas seasons. Free to all. Call 641-7700 or visit anselm.edu/dana.
• The Souhegan High School Chamber Music Ensemble performs a concert on Sunday, Dec. 7, from 4 to 5 p.m., in the Main Reading Room of the Amherst Town Library, 14 Main St., Amherst, 673-2288, rvear@amherstlibrary.org. The concert will feature various small ensembles with holiday and classical music selections, which are 100 percent student led. Several of those will be featured at the Souhegan High School Holiday Concert Thursday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m., at Souhegan High School (412 Boston Post Road, Amherst). The event is free, open to the public, but registration is required due to space limitations. Call 673-2288, email library@amherstlibrary.org, visit amherstlibrary.org.
• On Thursday, Dec. 11, the Piscataqua River Brass performs a variety of Christmas classics at the Discover Portsmouth Center, 10 Middle St., Portsmouth, at 7 p.m. The orchestra is made up of trumpets, French horns, trombones, euphonium, tuba and percussion, and is directed by local music educator Carl Swain. Tickets are $12 or call 436-8433.
• Journey to Bethlehem concert event at New Beginnings Church of the Nazarene , 33 Staniels Road, Loudon, Friday, Dec. 12, from 6 to 8 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. The church will be transformed into the streets of Bethlehem, and the characters will be portrayed by the congregation. Call 224-1311. Free event.
• Symphony NH’s Holiday Pops concert is Saturday, Dec. 13, at 8 p.m., at the Keefe Center for the Arts, 117 Elm St., Nashua. This particular concert features New Hampshire and 2014 American Idol finalist Alex Preston, who will perform while backed by the Symphony NH Orchestra and Chorus. The concert will comprise of holiday season favorites. Tickets are $12 to $48. Call 595-9156 or visit symphonynh.org.
• The Boston Holiday Pops Holiday Concert is Saturday, Dec. 13, at 7:30 p.m., at the Verizon Wireless Arena, 555 Elm St., Manchester, 644-5000, ext. 6008. On the menu is the orchestra’s signature “Sleigh Ride” in addition to other holiday classics to new arrangements. They’ll be joined by the Metropolitan Choral of Brookline (known as one of Metro Boston’s premiere choral ensembles), and Santa Claus himself will make a guest appearance at the finale. Sing-alongs will also happen. Visit verizonwirelessarena.com. Tickets are $41 to $76.
• The Lowell Philharmonic’s Holiday Pops concert is Saturday, Dec. 13, at 2 p.m. at St. Louis School, 77 Boisvert St., Lowell, Mass. Admission is free, but there’s a $10 suggested donation at the door. Hot chocolate and cookies will be on sale at intermission, and the venue is handicap-accessible. Visit lowellphilharmonic.org.
• The Concord Community Music School presents an Annual Holiday Folk Concert featuring music by David Surette, Susie Burke and Kent Allyn at the Music School’s Recital Hall, 23 Wall St., Concord, on Saturday, Dec. 13, at 7:30 p.m. The concert will feature a number of selections from their holiday CD release “Wonderland,” along with folk and acoustic fare from their standard repertoire. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students and seniors. Call 228-1196, visit ccmusicschool.org.
• The Souhegan Valley Chorus’s 2014 Holiday Concert is Sunday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. at the Amato Center for the Performing Arts, 56 Mont Vernon Road, Milford. The theme is “Christmas in Hollywood.” Tickets are $15. Visit souheganvalleychorus.org.
• The Strafford Wind Symphony performs its annual Holiday Pops concert on Sunday, Dec. 14, at 6:30 p.m., at the Rochester Opera House, 31 Wakefield St., Rochester. Tickets are $7 to $12; visit rochesteroperahouse.com, straffordwindsymphony.org, call 335-1992.
• Sweet, Hot & Sassy performs at the Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 S. Main St., Concord, 225-1111, ccanh.com, on Friday, Dec. 19, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 general admission.
• An Evening with Rockapella is Sunday, Dec. 21, at 7 p.m., at the Stockbridge Theatre, 5 Pinkerton St., Derry. The holiday show will comprise unique takes on classic favorites and new originals by the five-man powerhouse that helped make a cappella what it is today. Tickets range from $10 to $30. Visit stockbridgetheatre.com or call 437-5210.
• On Sunday, Dec. 21, at 4 p.m., the Capitol Jazz Orchestra Small Group presents a holiday pops variety show at the Concord City Auditorium, 2 Prince St., Concord. Tickets are $25 to $35; call 225-1111. The group features some of the best jazz musicians in the world, including Ken Peplowski, Bucky Pizzarelli, Pete Barbutti, Ehud Asherie, Patty Barkas and CJ Poole.
• Messiah Sing!, a community concert with the best-loved area choruses and conductors, is at The Music Hall, 28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth, Monday, Dec. 22, at 7:30 p.m. The event is an opportunity for audience members to sing along; ticketholders can come at 6:30 p.m. for a rehearsal in the auditorium. Tickets are $15 to $17. Visit themusichall.org. 
 
As seen in the November 27, 2014 issue of the Hippo.





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