The sacred roots of choral music seem to reach deepest during the holidays, when churches and community centers lose their exclusive hold on performances and voices ring from unexpected places.
Here’s our roundup of some of the most notable holiday-vocal shows in the metro area, and beyond, in the coming weeks.
A Kantorei Christmas
A frequent sell-out, this top-notch vocal group’s upcoming shows continue its 21st season in holiday style. Kantorei will be joined by harpist Janet Kay Harriman “in performing newly composed holiday treats and arrangements of some of your favorites,” according to Kantorei’s website. Expect to be asked to join in. Other performances at 3 p.m. on Dec. 17 at Christ Church Denver, and 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 19 at the Lone Tree Arts Center.
7:30 p.m. Dec. 16 at First Plymouth Congregational Church, 3501 S. Colorado Blvd. in Englewood. Tickets: $20-$25, free for students; kantorei.org
Sounds of the Rockies
This male a capella group’s all-ages concert (this year dubbed “A Year Without Santa Claus”) will offer traditional carols and sacred Christmas songs, a visit from award-winning barbershop quartet Maelstrom, and KEZW 1430-AM’s Rick Crandall as emcee.
7:30 p.m. Dec. 8; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9 at Gates Concert Hall, Newman Center, 2344 E. Iliff Ave. Tickets: $22-$32, 303-871-7720 ext. 1 or newmantix.com/sor
Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church Sanctuary Choir
After more than three decades, and with retirement looming in May 2018, University of Denver Vocal Arts chairman Ken Cox will conduct his final Christmas Concert with a blend of traditionals and new music. Expect an 80-plus person choir and orchestra at “The First Noel” show — with kids having the chance to “conduct” the orchestra afterward. Did we mention it’s free?
7 p.m. Dec. 8-9; 3 p.m. Dec. 10 at Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church, 10150 E. Belleview Ave. in Greenwood Village. Tickets: Free, but contact 303-779-9909 or cherrycreekpres.org/christmas for details
The Evergreen Chorale
Evergreen Chorale pegs its “Ceremony of Caroles” program as “a tapestry of holiday music for choir, harp and piano,” with Benjamin Britten’s “Ceremony” centerpiece in addition to traditional choral works, with help from the chorale’s chamber choir Altezza, directed by Christine Gaudreau. Also at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at Golden’s Rockland Community Church.
7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at Central Presbyterian Church, 1660 Sherman St. Tickets: $17-$28, evergreenchorale.org
Holiday Family Sing-Along
The Colorado Women’s and Colorado Men’s Chorales unite for this affordable, family-friendly event that caters to music-lovers who can barely contain …
Source:: The Denver Post – Lifestyle