The season of song has arrived for festive gatherings, indulging in decadent nibbles and libations and wearing that “colorful” sweater grandma bought you last year. It is also the time that choirs lift their voices to celebrate the season. Here are some upcoming musical events scheduled for Reporter Newspapers communities that are sure to brighten your holidays.
Brookhaven United Methodist Church
Mark your calendar for a community concert featuring holiday favorites, both sacred and secular. Don Jones, the new music director at Brookhaven United Methodist Church and former Broadway musician, presents seasonal favorites, and those in attendance will have an opportunity to sing carols together.
When: Sunday, Dec. 8, 3 p.m.
Where: 1366 N. Druid Hills Rd., Brookhaven, 30319
How much: Suggested donation, $5, or five canned food items
For more information: Call 404-237-7506 or visit: www.brookhavenumc.org
The Cathedral of St. Philip
The Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus celebrates all family members in “Seasons of Family,” featuring special arrangements of familiar holiday tunes, from “Home for the Holidays” to the Peanuts’ “Christmas Time is Here,” “I Saw Three Ships,” Benjamin Britten’s “This Little Babe” and “Throw the Yule Log On, Uncle John.” The 33rd annual event welcomes a cameo appearance by the new Atlanta Women’s Chorus, as it prepares to launch its own concert season.
When: Friday, Dec. 6, 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Free ice cream social follows the Saturday matinee
Where: 2744 Peachtree Rd., NW, Atlanta, 30305
How much: General admission, $30; premium seating, $40
For more information: Call 404-320-1030 or visit: www.agmchorus.org
The Westminster Schools
The Westminster Schools presents a holiday concert featuring Lee Harper & Dancers, joined by Lee Harper & Dancers II (youth company), and Westminster Middle School’s dance class and chorus. The concert includes numbers such as “Sleigh Ride,” “Farandole,” “Christmas a La Waltz,” “Carol of the Bells” and “March of the Toys.” Christopher Rex, principal cellist of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, performs as guest musician.
When: Saturday, Dec. 14, 1 p.m.
Where: Kellett Theatre, Broyles Arts Center, (on the school’s campus) 1424 W. Paces Ferry Rd., Atlanta, 30327
How much: Free admission and open to all
For more information: Call Lee Harper & Dancers at 404-364-9555 or visit: www.leeharperanddancers.com
Northside Drive Baptist Church
The Choral Guild of Atlanta invites the public to a “Carol Sing,” with the Lovinggood Middle School Chorus. Music selections include “I Saw Three Ships,” “Carol of Bells,” “African Carol,” “A Musicological Journey through Twelve Days of Christmas” and sing-a-longs of several seasonal favorites. Come learn about the history and background of the songs you have sung for years that are a traditional part of the season.
When: Tuesday, Dec. 17, 7:30-9 p.m.
Where: 3100 Northside Dr., NW, Atlanta, 30305
How much: Adults, $15; seniors, $12; students, $5
For more information: Call 404-223-6362, email: email@example.com or go to: www.cgatl.org
Peachtree Road United Methodist Church
Peachtree Road United Methodist Church welcomes the five levels of the Georgia Boy Choir, along with a full orchestra, in performing favorite carols and classic songs to keep your holiday season merry. The evening includes Atlanta’s largest performance of the “Twelve Days of Christmas,” with audience participation highly encouraged. During the concert, children under 6 years old are invited to attend an onsite Christmas party, so parents can enjoy the performance worry-free.
When: Friday, Dec. 20, 7-9 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 21, 7-9 p.m.
Where: 3180 Peachtree Rd., NE, Atlanta, 30305
How much: General admission, $20; preferred seating, $40; students, $12
For more information: Call 404-402-4083 or visit: georgiaboychoir.org
Dunwoody United Methodist Church
Dunwoody United Methodist Church presents its annual family concert, “All for a Baby,” in the sanctuary. The Wandering Shepherds, DUMC’s bluegrass band, as well as children, youth, handbell, women and Chancel choirs join together to celebrate Christmas!
When: Sunday, Dec. 8, 3:45 p.m.
Where: 1548 Mount Vernon Rd., Dunwoody, 30338
How much: Free. The public is welcome
For more information: Call the church at 770-394-0675
St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church
St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church holds its annual Toys for Tots concert in its sanctuary. Hear the Chancel choir, Festival Ringers and brass usher in the holiday season.
When: Sunday, Dec. 8, 4 p.m.
Where: 1978 Mount Vernon Rd., Dunwoody, 30338
How much: One unwrapped toy for donation to Toys for Tots; a free-will offering will be collected for service personnel families
For more information: Contact David Wallace at 770-329-5659 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Also visit: www.slpres.org
Heritage Sandy Springs
Heritage Sandy Springs continues its Heritage Winter Classics concert series by welcoming “The Atlanta Vocal Project,” an a cappella chorus specializing in the barbershop style, as they perform a Christmas show.
When: Sunday, Dec. 15, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Doors open at 4 p.m.
Where: Heritage Hall, 6110 Bluestone Rd., Sandy Springs, 30328
How much: $5 per person
For more information: Call 404-851-9111, ext. 4, email: email@example.com or go to: www.heritagesandysprings.org. To learn more about the group, visit: www.atlantavocalproject.com
Apostles Church of Sandy Springs
Invite your family, friends and neighbors to celebrate the season at the Apostles Night of Music and Community Feast! The Apostles Praise and Worship Band, adult chorus and student performance group perform a variety of music, including holiday favorites. Come together after the concert for a potluck community feast. For last name A-M, bring a salad; N-Z, soup. The church will provide bread, dessert and beverages.
When: Sunday, Dec. 15, 5-7 p.m.
Where: 6025 Glenridge Dr., NE, Sandy Springs, 30328
How much: All are welcome regardless of ability to bring a potluck item.
For more information: Call 404-255-8668 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org