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    If  the holidays leave you feeling like Charlie Brown, bemoaning all the commercial trappings, take a soulful break with some beautiful live music. There's plenty to choose from from all around Louisville. Check your calendar and make some plans to get into the holiday spirit.

    Choral Music

    The Louisville Chorus

    Music Director Daniel Spurlock

    Call 502-968-6300 for more information about any of these events.

    Christmas Wonderland

    When: Dec. 6 at 6 PM 

    Program: Guest Children's Choirs, including Holy Family Children's Choir, Paul Stiller, Director; St Mark's UCC Cherub & Youth Choirs, Sandy Carter, Director.

    Where: St. Mary's Catholic Church, 415 East 8th Street, New Albany, IN

    Tickets: General Admission $20, Senior $15, Student $5

    Christmas at Immaculate Conception

    When: Dec. 7 at 4 PM  

    Program: Songs with Julianna Horton, Organ

    Where: Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 502 North 5th Street, LaGrange, KY

    Tickets: General Admission $20, Senior $15, Student $5

    Christmas at St. Brigid 

    When: Dec. 14  at 4 PM

    Program: Carols of the Nativity with Julianna Horton, Organ

    Where: St Brigid Catholic Church, 1520 Hepburn Ave (@ Baxter), Louisville

    Tickets: General Admission $20, Senior $15, Student $5  

    Louisville Chamber Choir

    Artistic Director Kent Hatteberg

    Call 502-690-5197 for more information about these events

    Holiday Choral Festival

    When: Dec. 7 from 7-9 PM

    Program: Protus, Voces Novae, and the Youth Performance Arts School Women's Choir 

    Where: Saint Martin of Tours, 619 S 4th St, Louisville

    Tickets: $10-$15 

    Christmas Concert at St. Paul

    When: Dec. 19 and Dec. 20 at 7:30 PM

    Program: The concerts feature a mixture of familiar carols, new music, and and opportunity to sing along. Highlights include a new Magnificat setting by Latvian composer Erik Esenvalds, Stephen Paulus' arrangement of Silent Night, as well as arrangements of other holiday favorites by John Rutter, David Willcocks, and André Thomas.  

    Where: Saint Paul UMC, 2000 Douglass Blvd, Louisville

    Tickets: $20 - Adults/$15 - Seniors/$10 - Students 

    Orchestral 

    Louisville Orchestra

    Holiday Spectacular 

    When: Nov. 28 at 7:30 PM

    Program: Bob Bernhardt conducts the Louisville Orchestra; Tim King sings yuletide favorites and rings in the holiday with a visit from Santa. 

    Where: Brown Theatre, 315 W Broadway, Louisville

    Tickets: $15 & $30 

    Home for the Holidays, Orkidstra Series 

    When: Nov. 29 at 11 AM

    Program: Just for the kids, a one-hour matinee of holiday favorites with pre-concert activities in the lobby at 10 AM.

    Where: Brown Theatre, 315 W Broadway, Louisville

    Tickets: General Admission, All seats $15. 

    Schubert & Mendelssohn, Music Without Borders Series (not really holiday music, but close enough)

    When: Nov. 21 at 7:30 PM at St. Francis in the Fields Episcopal Church, Prospect and on Nov. 23 at 3:00 PM at Congregation Adath Jeshurun, Highlands/Douglass Neighborhood, Louisville

    Program: The Louisville Orchestra comes out to play in a Neighborhood Concert Series conducted by Music Director Teddy Abrams. 

    Tickets: $20 

    Louisville Philharmonia

    When: Dec. 5  at 7:30 PM and Dec. 6 at 1:30 PM

    Program: Holiday favorites including The Night Before Christmas, "O Holy Night," and "Sleigh Ride," plus music from the movie Frozen and the Misty Mountain String Band will again join the LPMO for some enjoyable holiday selections.

    Where: Harvey Browne Presbyterian Church, 311 Browns Ln, Louisville

    Tickets: Free 

    Louisville Youth Orchestra

    When: Dec. 14 at 4 PM

    Program: "Ring-a-Ling, Jing-a-Ling" - Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jason Seber

    Where: YPAS - Youth Performing Arts School Auditorium, 1517 South Second Street, Louisville

    Tickets: $15 at the door

    Dance and Musical Theater

    Louisville Ballet

    Brown-Forman Nutcracker 

    When: Dec. 6 - 21 with 1:30 and 7:30 PM performances (check event calendar)

    Program: Classic ballet by composer Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Where: Whitney Hall, Kentucky Center

    Tickets: start at $32.00 

    Derby Dinner Playhouse

    The Most Famous Reindeer of All

    When: Nov. 22 - Dec. 22 with performances at Breakfast 9 AM and Lunch 12 PM

    Program: Enjoy this musical treasure about a young misfit reindeer who just wants to fit in. Santa will be at every performance!

    Where: 525 Marriott Drive, Clarksville, IN 

    Tickets: $16 - $21 (Call 812.288.8281)

    Nutcracker in a Nutshell

    When: Dec. 6 at 2 PM and 7 PM

    Program: MAGIC Company Dance (youth, pre-professional dance company). For audiences of all ages, Nutcracker in a Nutshell is a shorter, family-friendly version of the Nutcracker story.

    Where: Louisville Place Theater, 625 S. 4th St., Louisville 

    Tickets: $20.00 and $17.50, available at either Nutcracker in a Nutshell website or the Louisville Palace

    University of Louisville Dance Academy

    Clara's Dream

    When: Dec. 5 (7 PM) Dec. 6 (3 and 7 PM), and Dec. 7 (2 PM)

    Program: University Dance Theatre presents Clara's Dream, an excerpt of the “Nutcracker” ballet which takes place during Clara’s dream of snow and the Land of Sweets. “Nutcracker” favorites including cotton candy angels, toy soldiers and the Sugar Plum Fairy will appear along with variations from the foreign lands including the Russian Dance and the Spanish Dance. 

    Where: School of Music, Comstock Concert Hall, 2301 S. Third St., Louisville (Directions

    Tickets: $15 for adults and $10 for children under age 10 or adults over age 65. Group rates also are available. Call 502-852-6878 for ticket information.

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