Natalie Cole heads a list of holiday concerts
11:14 PM, Nov 23, 2013
XRIJF Inc., the company behind the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, has teamed with Eastman School of Music to bring “An Afternoon with Natalie Cole” to Eastman Theatre, 60 Gibbs St., at 4 p.m. Dec. 15. Tickets are $45 to $95. Call (585) 454-2060 or go to rochesterjazz.com.
The Rochester Chamber Orchestra is offering the only full-scale production of Handel’s Messiah this year. David Fetler will lead the group, along with the Festival Singers and Bach Children’s Chorus and soloists including up-and-coming Canadian soprano Nathalie Paulin and Rochester favorite Douglas Ahlstedt. The performance is at 7 p.m. Dec. 8 at Hochstein Performance Hall, 50 N. Plymouth Ave. Tickets are $30; $20 for seniors; $10 for students. Call (585) 334-7120 or go to rochesterchamberorchestra.org.
Earlier that day in Canandaigua, First Congregational Church, 58 N. Main St., will hold its annual Community Messiah Sing-along at 3 p.m. There’s an optional rehearsal at 1 p.m. It’s free; all you need is your voice. Call (585) 394-2184 or go to canandaiguachurch.org.
The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra will present two concerts with very different musical styles this holiday season. Bach’s Magnificat, on Dec. 12 and 14, will feature the Eastman Chorale at Eastman Theatre, 60 Gibbs St. Tickets are $15 to $45.
The annual Gala Holiday Pops with conductor Jeff Tyzik is Dec. 19 to 22. Tickets to the Dec. 19 performance are $20 to $45, and proceeds will benefit the Rochester Rotary Sunshine Campus and the Monroe Community Hospital Foundation. The shows on Dec. 20 to 22 are $15 to $92. All feature a high school chorale put together for the occasion.
Call (585) 454-2100 or go to rpo.org.
Merry Tuba Christmas
The Rochester tradition this year will be held at 3 p.m. Dec. 21 at Hochstein Performance Hall, 50 N. Plymouth Ave. Tickets are $2. Call (585) 509-2596 or go to rochestertubachristmas.org.
Creche Festival Weekend
Sacred Heart Cathedral, 296 Flower City Park, is hosting several events as part of the festival, from Dec. 6 to 8. Included are La Fiesta de la Posada (Festival of the Inn); Dave Brubeck’s piece based on Mary and Joseph’s search for a place to stay the night Jesus was born will be performed by Rochester Lyric Opera and several soloists at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6. Candlelight Lessons and Carols will feature the Third Presbyterian Church Junior Choir, the Antioch Baptist Church Choir and the Cathedral Choir at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7. The Dady Brothers and Friends will conclude the event with a 2 p.m. Dec. 8 concert. The events are free. Call (585) 254-3221 or go to cathedralcommunity.org.
The singer, becoming a holiday season regular in Rochester, will perform “The Magic of Christmas” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20 at Auditorium Theatre, 885 E. Main St. Tickets are $30 to $63 and available at the theater box office, (800) 745-3000 or ticketmaster.com.
“Ad Hoc Cracks the Nutcracker” will be a bit different from the normal rendition of the Tchaikovsky classic. Promised are comedy and hijinks at the 7 p.m. Dec. 14 program at The Harley School, 1981 Clover St., Brighton. Tickets are $10 (free for those 13 and younger). Go to adhoc-music.org.
Live from Hochstein
Take a lunch break at 12:10 p.m. Dec. 4 and 11 to get a taste of the Christmas spirit. The Eastman Horn Choir will perform at Hochstein Performance Hall, 50 N. Plymouth Ave., on Dec. 4; Madrigalia will offer a piece of its “A Cup of Good Cheer” on Dec. 11. The concerts are free. Call (585) 454-4596 or go to hochstein.org.
Composer and conductor Cary Ratcliffe adds new arrangements to old favorites in Madrigalia’s annual holiday concert, this year called “What Sweeter Music: A Choral Christmas,” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at St. Luke’s Church in Brockport; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at Baptist Temple in Brighton; and 3 p.m. Dec. 8 at Bethany Presbyterian Church on Dewey Avenue. Tickets ($15; $5 for students) are available at the door or madrigalia.org.
Rochester Gay Men’s Chorus
The chorus presents its own brand of holiday cheer with its annual “Come Wassail Away!” at 8 p.m. Dec. 13 and 14 at Hochstein Performance Hall, 50 N. Plymouth Ave. Tickets are $6 to $17. Call (585) 423-0650 or go to thergmc.org.
Festival of carols
Chorus Novus presents its annual A Festival of Lessons and Carols at 3 p.m. Dec. 8, with a brass prelude at 2:40 p.m., in Linehan Chapel at Nazareth College’s Golisano Academic Center, 4245 East Ave., Pittsford. It’s free. Call (585) 389-2700.
The Genesee Valley Orchestra and Chorus presents “A Christmas Garland” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 and 7 at Perinton Presbyterian Church, 6511 Pittsford Palmyra Road, Perinton. Tickets are $15; $12 for seniors and children. Call (585) 223-9006 or go to gvoc.org.
Penfield Symphony Orchestra presents “Happy Holidays” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at Penfield High School, 25 High School Drive, Penfield. Tickets are $14; $12 for seniors; free for students. Call (585) 872-0774 or go to PenfieldSymphony.org.
Brockport Symphony Orchestra will present “Holiday Pops Concert” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at The College at Brockport’s Seymour College Union. There is a $3 suggested donation. Call (585) 395-2787 or go to brockport.edu/finearts.