November 17 2010 by Bridget Daly
I really don't start getting excited about the holidays until the sound of holiday music begins to fill the air. Nothing evokes holiday memories quite like the sound of bells, drums and a lovely chorus singing traditional holiday carols. While others complain that department stores and radio stations start playing holiday music "too early", I say "Not soon enough!" If you're like me, you'll want to know where the best holiday music can be heard live and up close from talented musicians. Most likely your local symphony will offer a holiday spectacular of the musical kind, so be sure to check out your local listings for shows. In addition, below are just a few can't-miss holiday musical events.
The Christmas Music of Mannheim Steamroller by Chip Davis tour kicked off November 10, 2010. Check out tour dates for the holiday season.
The National Symphony Orchestra is playing Handel's epic masterpiece, Messiah December 16 through December 19, 2010 at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. Tickets are available at their website.
The Radio City Christmas Spectacular is a true extravaganza. Not only can you experience festive holiday music, but also The Rockettes, Santa and much more. Check out tour dates online.
The San Francisco Orchestra during the holidays doesn't disappoint with a variety of fun performances including John Adams's El Nino (a re-telling of the Christmas story), Colors of Christmas with Peabo Bryson, family favorites such as Peter and the Wolf, Handel's Messiah, carols and sing-a-longs, and the magical New Year's Eve Ball. Find out more online.