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Holiday Music Preview 2011: It's the most concert-filled time of the year

Herald-Leader Staff ReportDecember 1, 2011 

Christmas Chorus

Paris residents Julie Doose, left, and JoAnn Perkins dressed as Mrs. Claus and an elf for the performance and gave the new venue high marks.

MATT GOINS — Lexington Herald-Leader

There's no time of year that's more music-filled than the next few weeks. Here is a sampling of the music — classical, choral, bluegrass, pop, rock and varieties in between — that will be brightening the holiday season in Central Kentucky and beyond.

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CALENDAR

Christmas in the Valley. 3 p.m. Dec. 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17. Renfro Valley Entertainment Center, Renfro Valley. $19.75, $9.85 children. 1-800-765-7464. Renfrovalley.com.

First United Methodist Church Madrigal Dinner and Yuletide Festival. 6 p.m. Dec. 2, 4. First United Methodist Church, Frankfort. $15-$20. (502) 227-7430.

Berea College Music Department Christmas Concert. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2, 3. Union Church, Berea. Free. Community.berea.edu/calendar.

Handel's Messiah, by Lexington Baroque Ensemble, guest soloists and Christ Church Cathedral choirs. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2. Christ Church Cathedral, Lexington. $15, $25, $35. (859) 254-4497. CCClex.org.

Lexington Philharmonic: Handel's Messiah with Lexington Chamber Chorale and guest soloists. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2. Calvary Baptist Church, Lexington. $25-$52. (859) 233-4226. Lexphil.org.

Judy Collins and Arlo Guthrie: Home for the Holidays. 8 p.m. Dec. 2. Norton Center for the Arts, Danville. $33-$65. Nortoncenter.com.

Rollergirls of Central Kentucky Toys for Tots benefit with Rebel Riot Revue Burlesque Troupe and the Rough Customers. 9 p.m. Dec. 2. Buster's Billiards and Backroom, 899 Manchester St., Lexington. $5 or an unwrapped new toy. (859) 368-8871. Bustersbb.com.

Thoroughbred Chorus: Joy! 63rd annual holiday concert. 1:30 p.m. Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3. Louisville Memorial Auditorium, Louisville. $18 adults, $15 seniors, $10 student. (502) 583-7469. Thoroughbredchorus.com.

Scott County Children's Chorus Christmas Concert. 4 p.m. Dec. 3. Faith Baptist Church, Georgetown. (859) 552-4655.

Billie Jean Osborne's Kentucky Opry Christmas. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3, 9, 10, 16, 17; 3 p.m. Dec. 4, 11, 18. Mountain Arts Center, Prestonsburg. $15 adults, $13 seniors, $11 students. 1-888-622-2787. Macarts.com.

Kentuckians Barbershop Chorus: The Spirit of Christmas. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3. Transylvania University Haggin Auditorium, Lexington. $12. Thekentuckians.org.

UK School of Music Collage featuring UK Choral Ensembles. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3, 3 p.m. Dec. 4. University of Kentucky Singletary Center for the Arts, Lexington. (859) 257-4929. www.uky.edu/finearts/music.

Winchester Chorale with Kentucky United Pipes and Drums: A Celtic Christmas. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3, 2:30 p.m. Dec. 4. Central Baptist Church of Winchester. Free, donations accepted. (859) 771-0997 or (859) 582-1422. Kentuckyunited.org.

Asbury University Christmas Festival of Music. 3 p.m. Dec. 4. Asbury University Hughes Auditorium, Wilmore. Free. (859) 858-3511, Ext. 2250.

25th Annual Advent Musicale with George Zack and guest musicians. 7 p.m. Dec. 4. Church of the Ascension, Mount Sterling. $25 plus a canned good. (859) 498-6264.

Christmas with Collin Raye. 7 p.m. Dec. 7. 20th Century Theater, Cincinnati. $34.75-$49.75. (513) 731-8000. The20thcenturytheatre.com.

Red Barn Radio: Holiday Show. 7 p.m. Dec. 7. Red Barn Radio at Arts Place, Lexington. $8. (859) 225-0370. Redbarnradio.com.

EKU Madrigal Feaste: Deck the Halls: A Musical and Dining Celebration of the Season. 6 p.m. Dec. 9, 10. Eastern Kentucky University Keen Johnson Ballroom, Richmond. $26. (859) 622-2179. www.eku.edu.

Lexington Philharmonic: Global Sleigh Ride. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9. University of Kentucky Singletary Center for the Arts, Lexington. $25 adults, $15 children. (859) 233-4226. Lexphil.org.

Transylvania choirs, orchestra and bands holiday concert. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9. Transylvania University Haggin Auditorium, Lexington. Free. (859) 233-8141. www.transy.edu.

Cincinnati Pops: Happy Holidays With the Pops featuring Sandi Patty. 8 p.m. Dec. 9, 10; 2 p.m. Dec. 11. Cincinnati Music Hall, Cincinnati. $25-$101. (513) 381-3300. Cincinnatipops.org.

Eddie Miles: "An Elvis Blue Christmas." 8 p.m. Dec. 9, 10. Blue Grass Entertainment & Expo Complex, Bardstown. $21. 1-800-638-4877, Ext. 110. Visitbardstown.com.

Louisville Chorus Christmas at St Agnes. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10. St Agnes Catholic Church, Louisville. $18, $15 seniors, $6 students. (502) 968-6300. LouisvilleChorus.org.

Vocal Arts Ensemble: Christmas with VAE. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10. St. Boniface Catholic Church, Cincinnati. $20, $10 students. (513) 559-0000. VAEcinci.org.

Hang Your Stocking, Start the Rocking IV benefit for Toys for Tots: Kevin and the Octaves, Army Coach, The Tiger and the Duke. 9 p.m. Dec. 10. Southgate House, Newport. $8. (859) 431-2201. Southgatehouse.com.

Musical Celebration of Christmas. 8:30 and 10:50 a.m. Dec. 11. Wilmore Free Methodist Church, Wilmore. Free. WFMC.net.

Lexington Philharmonic: Candy Cane Takes a Global Sleigh Ride. 3 p.m. Dec. 11. University of Kentucky Singletary Center for the Arts, Lexington. $14, $8 children. (859) 233-4226. Lexphil.org.

Louisville Chorus Christmas at Immaculate Conception. 4 p.m. Dec. 11. Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, La Grange. $18-$6. (502) 968-6300. Louisvillechorus.org.

Lexington Chamber Chorale: Sing Noel. 5 p.m. Dec. 11. Central Baptist Church, Lexington. $20 adults, $10 students. (859) 317-3353. Lexingtonchamberchorale.org.

Vocal Arts Ensemble: Christmas with VAE. 5 p.m. Dec. 11. Summit Country Day School Chapel, Cincinnati. $20, $10 students. (513) 559-0000. VAEcinci.org.

Alltech Holiday Celebration of Song with UK Opera Theatre. 6 p.m. Dec. 11. Victorian Square, Lexington. Free. (859) 257-9331. UKoperatheatre.org.

Kentucky Christmas Chorus. 7:40 p.m. Dec. 13. University of Kentucky Singletary Center for the Arts, Lexington. Free, but tickets required. Downtownlex.com.

Happy Holidays with the Mighty Wurlitzer. 7 and 10:30 p.m. Dec. 15. Cincinnati Music Hall, Cincinnati. $25. (513) 721-3344. cincinnatiarts.org.

Country Gospel Christmas with The Roarks. 7 p.m. Dec. 16, 17. Renfro Valley Entertainment Center, Renfro Valley. $18. 1-800-765-7464. Renfrovalley.com.

Teri Thompson and Ryan Shirar: A Holiday Musical Special. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16. Berea Arena Theater, Berea. $5. (859) 986-9039. Bereaarenatheater.com.

The Festive Five! Christmas Music. 9 p.m. Dec. 16. Natasha's Bistro and Bar, 112 Esplanade, Lexington. $8. (859) 259-2754. Beetnik.com.

Greasemas VII. 9:30 p.m. Dec. 16. Southgate House, Newport. $7-$10. (859) 431-2201. Southgatehouse.com.

Arts on Main: Christmas music and readings. 6:30 p.m. Dec. 17. Clark Chapel, Wilmore. Free. (859) 858-3895. Wilmore,org.

For Algernon Christmas show. 9:30 p.m. Dec. 17. Southgate House, Newport. $5-$8. (859) 431-2201. Southgatehouse.com.

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra: Handel's Messiah, with May Festival Chorus. 2 p.m. Dec. 18. Cincinnati Music Hall, Cincinnati. $10-$105. (513) 381-3300. Cincinnatisymphony.org.

Handel's Messiah, with Lexington Singers. 3 p.m. Dec. 18. University of Kentucky Singletary Center for the Arts, Lexington. $20, $18 seniors, $15 students. Lexsing.org.

'Tis the Season: Lexington Brass Band with Zach Brock, violin, and Raleigh Dailey, piano. 4 p.m. Dec. 18. Calvary Baptist Church, Lexington. $5. (859) 858-3877 or (859) 858-3511, Ext. 2246. Lexingtonbrassband.com.

An Evening Among Friends: A Very Special Christmas with Harry Connick Jr. 4 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18. St. Mark Roman Catholic Church, Richmond. $200, $500 for meet and greet; benefits St. Mark Roman Catholic Church. (859) 623-2989. Saintmarkcatholicchurch.net.

Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols with Christ Church Cathedral choirs. 7 p.m. Dec. 18. Christ Church Cathedral, Lexington. Free. (859) 254-4497. CCClex.org.

Ceremony of Carols with Christ Church Cathedral Girls Choir and Elaine Cook, harp. 12 p.m. Dec. 20. Christ Church Cathedral, Lexington. Free. (859) 254-4497. CCClex.org.

Ha-Tizmoret 7th Annual Hanukkah Night. 7 p.m. Dec. 20. Natasha's Bistro and Bar, 112 Esplanade, Lexington. $9. (859) 259-2754. Beetnik.com.

Surf and Turf Festivus Party with the Maladroits, Love Steak, Amp-Fibians. 8:30 p.m. Dec. 23. Southgate House, Newport. $5-$8. (859) 431-2201. Southgatehouse.com.

Noah Sugarman Annual Christmas Show. 9:30 p.m. Dec. 23. Southgate House, Newport. $10-$13. (859) 431-2201. Southgatehouse.com.

Jim Brickman: A Christmas Celebration. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 26. Lexington Opera House, Lexington. $35-$75. Ticketmaster, 1-800-745-3000. Lexingtonoperahouse.com.

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra New Year's Eve Concert and Ball. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 31. Cincinnati Music Hall, Cincinnati. $10-$410. (513) 381-3300. Cincinnatisymphony.org.

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