The magical power of holiday music Use music to time travel to holidays gone by

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Music has an almost mystical power to move us like nothing else. Music is a means to tap into our past. Under the spell of music, we can do more than just recall events; music can rekindle moods and emotions that we have experienced throughout our lives. Thus, music is something like Charles Dickens’ Ghost of Christmas Past, having the ability to reconnect us with emotional experiences of the holiday moments from throughout our lives.

Tacoma’s varied musical organizations have been busy assembling and rehearsing an array of holiday music to present a glowing feast of sumptuous music. We at the Tacoma Weekly have assembled the following guide of musical events for your listening pleasure. Pick as many as you like, go and attend and let the magic happen.

 

Holiday Favorites: Sounds of the Season

Sunday, Dec. 2, 2:30 p.m.

Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma

The Pantages Theater stage will be brimming with musicians and instruments when Symphony Tacoma presents “Sounds of the Season,” its annual collage of seasonal delights for the whole family. This year’s program features soprano Marlette Buchanan, an accomplished performer of opera, musical theatre, gospel, reggae and country music. The Tacoma Youth Chorus, under the direction of Judy Herrington, and Symphony Tacoma Voices complete the vocal line-up. Symphony Tacoma Voices Director Geoffrey Boers will conduct the performance. Selections range from well-known favorites like “Oh, Come All Ye Faithful” and “Go Tell it on the Mountain” to a special arrangement of “Stars Tonight” by Herrington and Sarah Ioannides. Audience members can join in during the ever-popular carol sing-along.

Prior to the concert, attendees will enjoy selections performed by the Tacoma Youth Symphony’s Brass Choir while enjoying holiday treats provided by Stadium Thriftway beginning at 1:45 p.m.

Tickets: $24 to $85

Info: Call (253) 591-5894 or visit symphonytacoma.org

 

WinterFest

Sunday, Dec. 2, 2 p.m.

University of Puget Sound, Kilworth Memorial Chapel

Adelphian Concert Choir and Voci d’Amici perform holiday music with Steven Zopfi conducting.

Tickets: $5-$10

Info: www.pugetsound.edu/news-and-events/events-calendar/details/winterfest/2018-12-02/

 

Festival of Lessons and Carols

Sunday, Dec. 2, 7 p.m.

University of Puget Sound, Kilworth Memorial Chapel

 

The Adelphian Concert Choir, conducted by Steven Zopfi, will perform music and lead sing-alongs of traditional carols. The festival is a traditional candlelight worship celebration of Christmas, based on the famed A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, performed each year since 1918 by the King’s College Choir at Cambridge University.

Tickets: Free

Info: www.pugetsound.edu/news-and-events/events-calendar/details/festival-of-lessons-and-carols/2018-12-02/

 

A Big Band Christmas

Monday, Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m.

Tacoma Musical Playhouse, 7116 6th Ave., Tacoma

Celebrate the holiday season big band style with one of TMP’s much-anticipated annual traditions. The Swing Reunion Orchestra, founded by Don Miller, offers a swinging performance of holiday music. This 18-piece big band can play! You’ll hear traditional standards and wonderful Christmas music from Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Chick Webb, Count Basie, Les Brown, and all the other stars of swing music. SRO includes vocalist Melanie Vail, and Master of Ceremony Paige Hansen. Come celebrate with TMP during “the most wonderful time of the year.”

Tickets: $25

Info: tmp.org/index.php/speciality-shows

 

Sounds of Christmas

Thursday, Dec. 6, 8 p.m.

Pacific Lutheran University, Lagerquist Concert Hall

The Sounds of Christmas, featuring the University Singers and University Men’s Chorus, is directed by Dr. Richard Nance and Barry Johnson.

Tickets: $10 general admission; $5 senior citizens (60+); free for military, alumni, PLU community. Info: www.plu.edu/calendar/#/?i=3

 

Windham Hill Winter Solstice

Friday, Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m.

Rialto Theater, 310 S. 9th St., Tacoma

Celebrate the winter solstice and its warm traditions with a concert of original and traditional acoustic music drawn from the multi-platinum selling Winter Solstice series as well as their many solo releases. Windham Hill founder and Grammy-winning guitarist, Will Ackerman, and Grammy Award-nominated singer, fiddler, pianist, and songwriter Barbara Higbie, Grammy-nominated guitarist, composer Alex de Grassi and supporting musician, guitarist Todd Boston and cellist Mia Pixley come together to lead joyous holiday concerts.

Tacoma: $39-$59

Info: broadwaycenter.org

 

Will Sing for Vashon

Friday, Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m.

Katherine L White Hall, Vashon Center for the Arts, 19600 Vashon Hwy. S.W., Vashon

The holiday season is the perfect time to give the gift of charity to our Island nonprofits. For the sixth year, Vashon Events is hosting a “one call for all event” in which local musicians perform holiday songs to raise money for the Island’s nonprofit organizations. For the first time, the event will be presented at Vashon Center. Audience members are each given an envelope listing the nonprofit organizations and may donate any amount to one or more. More than 20 nonprofits are listed on the envelope with a place to write in the name of others. The music will be presented by ensembles and soloists, each performing one holiday song of their choice. Each act is vastly different, from songs that are uplifting and hymnal to silly and fun. Performers of all ages are featured. In the past, two dozen acts perform throughout the night and this year is no exception.

All tickets $5

Info: vashoncenterforthearts.org/event/will-sing-for-vashon

 

Winter Rose, a PLU Christmas

Friday, Dec. 7 and Saturday, Dec. 8 at 8 p.m.

Pacific Lutheran University, Lagerquist Concert Hall

Come to one of the most beloved holiday traditions in the Northwest, as the PLU Choir of the West, University Chorale, and University Symphony Orchestra present PLU’s annual Christmas concert, “Winter Rose.” Works by Gerald Finzi, Herbert Howells, Michael Praetorius, and others mix with traditional carols and seasonal favorites as we celebrate the spirit and wonder of this joyful season.

Tickets: $15-$37

Info: www.plu.edu/christmas

 

Sing-Along with Santa and Mrs. Claus

Saturday, Dec. 8, 10 a.m.

Tacoma Musical Playhouse, 7116 6th Ave., Tacoma

Join Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus and the TMP elves to kick-off the holiday season. There will be singing of favorite holiday carols, with live accompaniment and a special story read by old St. Nick himself. After the sing-along, children will have the chance to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus and give them their holiday wishes. Bring your family, friends, and camera. A professional photographer will be on hand to preserve this memory.

Tickets: $10

Info: tmp.org/index.php/speciality-shows

 

A Very Brassy Christmas

Saturday, Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 9, 3 p.m.

Katherine L White Hall, Vashon Center for the Arts, 19600 Vashon Hwy. S.W., Vashon

Vashon Island Chorale’s 75 singers accompanied by organ, percussion and brass and under the direction of Dr. Gary D. Cannon present “A Very Brassy Christmas” in two concerts. Daniel Pinkham’s “Christmas Cantata” is well known as one of the great staples of American Christmas music for choir and organ. The audience will find this cantata to be both magisterial and buoyant. “A Winter’s Night,” composed by Cecilia McDowall, incorporates five beautiful English and European carols. “Lord, Thou Hast Been Our Refuge,” by Ralph Vaughan Williams, begins with two choirs — one singing a newly composed chant-like tune, the other with a soft hymn tune stretched into long notes. At the point when the organ and trumpet join the singers, the music transforms into brilliant rejoicing. John Rutter’s “Gloria,” meanwhile, is beloved throughout the English-speaking world. It has all the bounce and joy of the best Christmas season music.

Tickets $5-$20

Info: vashoncenterforthearts.org/event/vashon-island-chorale

 

Seattle Men’s Chorus: Jingle All the Way

Saturday Dec 8, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Rialto Theater, 310 S. 9th St., Tacoma

SMC is ringing in the season with a high-spirited celebration that brings together all your favorites: beloved carols, fresh takes on holiday classics, and show-stopping dazzlers that will have you on your feet. Featuring “Silver Bells,” “Do You Hear What I Hear,” “Jingle Bell Rock” and many more moments of pure Holiday joy. Be there with bells on!

Tickets: $35-$55

Info: www.seattlechoruses.org

 

Michael Powers Holiday Jazz

Sunday, Dec. 9, 5 p.m.

Marine View Church, 8469 Eastside Dr. N.E., Tacoma

Jazz LIVE at Marine View features its 10th annual Michael Powers Holiday Jazz performance. When it comes to recognizable names of musicians in the Puget Sound region, Michael Powers is usually in the discussion. For more than 30 years the guitarist has entertained a legion of fans with his jazz and blues interpretations. He dazzles with his full and diverse sounds out of one instrument, as his showmanship commands the attention of his audiences. He routinely packs Marine View every time he returns, as he enjoys the respect of his loyal fans. For his Marine View seasonal appearance, he will be joined by his trusty bandmates Eddy Ferguson on bass and Ronnie Bishop on drums.

Tickets: Free

Info: www.michaelpowersmusic.com or www.marineviewpc.org

 

56th Annual Singing Christmas Tree

Sat., Dec. 8, 3 p.m.

Sun., Dec. 9, 3 p.m.

Sat., Dec. 15, 3 p.m.

Sat., Dec. 15, 7 p.m.

Sun., Dec. 16, 3 p.m.

Wed., Dec. 19, 7 p.m.

Thurs., Dec. 20, 7 p.m.

Fri., Dec. 21, 7 p.m.

Sat., Dec. 22, 7 p.m.

Sun., Dec. 23, 3 p.m.

Life Center, 1717 S. Union Ave., Tacoma

Celebrate the miracle of the holidays with the Life Center Singing Christmas Tree. Since its beginning in 1963, hundreds of thousands of people have enjoyed the magic of Christmas. This seasonal extravaganza features festive Christmas carols, dancers, singers, thousands of twinkling lights, elaborate sets, a full orchestra, original music, and a dramatic storyline. Experience the awe-inspiring grandeur of the living Nativity; the birth of a baby born in a lowly manger, surrounded by live animals, kings, and angels. The Singing Christmas Tree has inspired, uplifted, and created wonderful holiday memories that last a lifetime. The performance features illumination of nearly 100,000 lights, 175 musicians, festive, toe-tapping music and an exciting drama with an inspirational message.

Tickets: $6-$25

Info: singingtreetacoma.com

 

Wine & Song 2018

Tuesday, Dec. 11, 7 p.m.

Connelly Law Offices, 2301 N. 30th St., Old Town Tacoma

Classical Tuesdays in Old Town Tacoma invites all to their Wine & Song 2018. This is a fundraiser for the Classical Tuesdays series of free events held at Slavonian Hall and Old Town Park September through February. Erin Guinup, founding director of Tacoma’s Refugee Choir, will perform “Ladies of Lyric and Song” including some jazz, operetta, and contemporary cabaret. She’ll be accompanied by Marjorie Skreen-Dickerson on piano. Afterward, enjoy a lovely spread of wines and finger foods.

Tickets: $25

Info: (253) 752-2135 or prryker@gmail.com

 

40th Annual Celtic Yuletide Concert

Friday, Dec. 14, 7:30 p.m.

Urban Grace, 902 Market St., Tacoma

Enter the timeless realm of Celtic Yuletide! Three generations of the Boulding family, including daughter Brittany, violinist with the Seattle Symphony, set the stage ablaze with the Tara Academy Irish Dancers, lively fiddling of award-winning Canadian artist Jocelyn Pettit, soulful songs with Dublin guitarist Colm MacCarthaigh, powerful vocals and singalongs led by son-in-law Prescott Breeden, and dynamic percussionist Matt Jerrell. Philip and Pam’s Celtic harps, dulcimers, concertina, accordion and more are gloriously accompanied by their daughter and four sons on violin, cello, whistles, harmonium and harp. Grandson Haydn brings down the house with his dancing, percussion and sidekick act to his father’s juggling. Their music sings mysteries from their most recent sojourns in Ireland and beyond. This festive gala of music, dance, storytelling, juggling, colorful costumed processional and songs of the season brings warmth and joy into the heart of winter.

Tickets: $25 adults and $12 children (12 and under) for general seating, $32 for all seats in the reserved section. Tickets are $3 more at the door.

Info: magicalstrings.com

 

Handel’s Messiah

Friday, Dec. 14, 7:30 p.m.

St. Charles Borromeo Church, 7112 S. 12th St., Tacoma

Perhaps the world’s most well-known and beloved choral work, Handel’s Messiah was originally intended for the Easter season but it is now closely associated with Christmas. This performance will be conducted by Music Director Sarah Ioannides and performed by the talented Symphony Tacoma orchestra and 75 vocalists of Symphony Tacoma Voices. Featured soloists include Tess Altiveros, soprano; Laurel Semerdjian, alto; John Marzano, tenor; and Glenn Guhr, bass.

Tickets: $30-$48

Info: symphonytacoma.org

 

Let it Snow!

Saturday, Dec. 15, 7:30 p.m.

Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma

The Tacoma Concert Band, conducted by Gerard Morris in his first season with the Northwest’s premier symphonic band, will present “Let it Snow,” a celebration of the holiday season and the delights of winter, at Tacoma’s historic Pantages Theater. The concert program will take listeners on a journey celebrating holiday memories of friends and family, featuring stirring concert band pieces and holiday favorites (including a rousing sing-a-long!).

Tickets: $18-$36

Info: www.facebook.com/events/2166736146712386

 

Let it Snow!

Saturday, Dec. 15, 7:30 p.m.

Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma

The Tacoma Concert Band, conducted by Gerard Morris in his first season with the Northwest’s premier symphonic band, will present “Let it Snow,” a celebration of the holiday season and the delights of winter. The concert program will take listeners on a journey celebrating holiday memories of friends and family, featuring stirring concert band pieces and holiday favorites (including a rousing sing-a-long!).

Tickets: $18-$36

Info: www.facebook.com/events/2166736146712386

 

The Christmas Revels

Saturday, Dec. 15, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 16, 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 18, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 19, 7:30 p.m.

Rialto Theater, 310 S. 9th St., Tacoma

This year the Puget Sound Revels’ Christmas performance celebration takes us to a mid-17th century English village where the wee folk – fairies, bogles, brownies and such – can be helpful, mischievous, or downright troublesome. Caught in their world, it takes magic to escape. High energy actor Tony Curry joins the group, along with the Twimble Tunesters, Seattle Brass Ensemble, Revels Adult and Children’s Choruses, Abbots Bromley Horn Dance, Mummers Play and more. Expect singing, dancing, and storytelling. Expect beauty, mystery, and hilarity. Bring family and friends to this lively concoction of folk tradition and high art that plays to sell-out audiences of all ages from all over the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

Tickets: $19-$36

Info: Broadwaycenter.org

 

Holiday Jazz Concert

Wednesday, Dec. 19, 7:30 p.m.

Vashon Center for the Arts, 19600 Vashon Hwy. S.W., Vashon

Come celebrate the most festive time of year with season favorites and vintage jazz selections in a double bill concert featuring Sundae + Mr. Goessl and Birch Pereira & The Gin Joints.

Voted Best Jazz Act of 2017 by Seattle Weekly, Sundae + Mr. Goessl have quickly become rising stars in the NW Jazz scene. In 2016, Earshot Jazz recognized Kate Voss with a “Golden Ear Award” for NW Vocalist of the Year and Mr. Goessl’s mesmerizing finger-style guitar dazzles and inspires.

Tickets: advance tickets are $5 student, $16 VCA member, $18 senior, $20 general. All tickets at the door are $24.

Info: vashoncenterforthearts.org/event/holiday-jazz-concert

 

Take 6: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Saturday, Dec. 22, 7:30 p.m.

Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, 901 Broadway, Tacoma

Take 6 is the most awarded a cappella group in history, with ten Grammys, ten Dove Awards (Gospel Music Awards), two NAACP Image Award nominations among many other accolades. They’ve performed on film soundtracks including Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing” and John Singleton’s “Boyz In the Hood.” Enjoy a concert that blends R&B, pop, gospel and more into a joyful take on seasonal favorites including “Joy to the World” and “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.”

Tickets: $19-$72

Info: broadwaycenter.org

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