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Top Local Holiday Concerts

Looking to be uplifted by holiday music in the Delaware Valley? Here is Patch's guide to concerts in the area.

December is a month filled with beautiful music.  Here is a list of top concerts we found in the greater Philadelphia Patch region.  

Musical Holiday Spectacular

  • When: Saturday, Dec. 8 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m.
  • Where:
  • Why Go: WCU Live! presents A Christmas Wonderland performed by the Greater Ocean City Theatre Company. The professional singers and dancers will present a high-energy family-oriented, song and dance tribute to the holidays.
  • Cost: Adults $20; Seniors/Students $15.

Christmas Vespers

  • When: Sunday, Dec. 9 at 6 p.m.
  • Where: Valley Forge Military Academy & College 1001 Eagle Rd, Wayne
  • Why Go: The annual Christmas Vespers held in the Chapel of Cornelius the Centurion, VFMAC will celebrate the Nine Lessons of Christmas with sacred music and scripture readings.
  • Cost: Free

Vox Ama Deus Messiah

  • When: Sunday, Dec. 9 at 4 p.m.
  • Where: Daylesford Abbey, Paoli
  • Why Go: The Vox Ama Deus Ensemble will perform Handel's Messiah at the Dayleford Abbey on Sunday afternoon. 
  • Cost: $25

Holiday Pipe Organ Concert

  • When: Sunday, Dec. 9 at 3 p.m.
  • Where:
  • Why Go: The Theatre Organ Society of the Delaware Valley presents a musical extravaganza. This program benefits the Theatre Organ Society of the Delaware Valley (TOSDV) Theatre Pipe Organ Restoration Fund.
  • Cost: $5 - $10

The Keystone State Boychoir

  • When: Sunday, Dec. 9 at 4 p.m.
  • Where:
  • Why Go: The Keystone State Boychoir will present Benjamin Britten's “A Ceremony of Carols."
  • Cost: Free-will offering

Angels from on High

  • When: Saturday, Dec. 15 at 5 p.m.
  • Where:
  • Why Go: Enjoy the sounds of regal brass and the voices of the Mendelssohn Club.  One of our most popular concerts, celebrate the holidays through timeless music spanning several centuries, traditions, and well-loved traditional carols.
  • Cost: $28

Chester County Choral Society's 'Sing Forth This Day' Concert

  • When: Saturday, Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Where:
  • Why Go: Celebrate the Chester County Choral Society's 40th Anniversary with their “Sing Forth This Day” concert with the West Chester Brass Quintet.
  • Cost: Students - $5; Seniors - $12, Adults - $15

Chester Children's Chorus Winter Concert

  • When: Saturday, Dec. 15 at 8 p.m.
  • Where:
  • Why Go: The Chester Children's Chorus will present a winter concert at St. Mary Magalen Church.  They will be singing selections that will appeal to everyone. 
  • Cost: Free

Christmas with the Philadelphia Singers

  • When: December 15 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Where:
  • Why Go: Participate in Philadelphia's beloved holiday tradition with a wonderful concert of gorgeous seasonal music. Enjoy a visually stunning and entrancing candlelight processional, capped by a glorious audience carol-sing.
  • Cost: $30

Lower Merion Symphony Concert

  • When: Sunday, Dec. 16 at 3 p.m.
  • Where: Lower Merion High School 315 E Montgomery Ave, Ardmore
  • Why Go: Guest soloist, Kirsten Johnson, Associate Principal Violist with the Philadelphia Orchestra will perform the Viola Concerto by George Frideric Handel, accompanied by the Lower Merion Symphony conducted by Music Director Mark Gigliotti. Also on the program is Symphony No.5 in B-flat major by Anton Bruckner.
  • Cost: Free, Donations Accepted

Festival of Christmas Lessons and Carols

  • When: Sunday, Dec. 16 at 3 p.m.
  • Where:
  • Why Go: Enjoy a festive afternoon of traditional and inspirational favorites as presented by the choir, congregation and instrumentalists, by candlelight.  A Reception will follow immediately.
  • Cost: Suggested donation $10 for The Ardmore Pantry at St. Mary’s, Ardmore.

The Brandywine Singers present Peace and Love at Christmas

  • When: Sunday, Dec. 16 at 4 p.m.
  • Where: , PA
  • Why Go: Words cannot adequately express the emotions one experiences during the holidays…so we’ll let the beautiful music and gorgeous setting do it for us. We are thrilled to be part of the holiday festivities at one of our nation’s most beloved landmarks. The concert will feature Hickory Brass and the superb pipe organ of the Chapel−a holiday experience not to be missed!
  • Cost: Free will offering accepted

Service of Nine Lessons and Carols

  • When: Sunday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m.
  • Where: Church of The Redeemer 250 Pennswood Rd, Bryn Mawr
  • Why Go: The combined choirs of the Church of the Redeemer will present a Service of Nine Lessons and Carols. Based on the well-known annual service at King’s College Chapel in England, the service includes many beautiful and beloved carols and choral works for the season. Advent and Christmas scripture lessons will also be read. Early seating is advised.
  • Cost: Free, Offering

Vox Ama Deus presents Handel's Messiah

  • When: Sunday, Dec. 16 at 4 p.m.
  • Where:
  • Why Go: The Ama Deus Ensemble presents Handel's Messiah, a 2 hour and 45 minute show, with intermission.  The concert features soloists, chorus and a baroque orchestra.
  • Cost: $25

The Brandywine Singers present Candlelight Christmas

  • When: Friday, Dec. 21 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Where:
  • Why Go: The Brandywine Singers present a Christmas favorite, Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols. Featuring gorgeous harp accompaniment, this beloved work transports us to the middle ages with a 20th century flair. This will be followed by carol arrangements with Hickory Brass and the Chancel Ringers of First Presbyterian Church.
  • Cost: Free

Friday Night Jazz: Jazzy Good Cheer

  • When: Friday, Dec. 21 from 6 – 8 p.m.
  • Where:
  • Why Go: Enjoy the Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble as they perform holiday favorites such as “Let It Snow,” “The Christmas Song,” “Greensleeves,” and others.
  • Cost: $20 ($10 members, Children under 12: Free)

Pennsylvania Symphonic Winds Holiday Concert

  • When: Saturday, Dec. 22 at 2 p.m.
  • Where: Exton Square Mall, Exton
  • Why Go: Pennsylvania Symphonic Winds Holiday Concert will feature  beautiful holiday selections to brighten your season.
  • Cost: Free

Hurricane Relief Sandy Holiday Concert

  • When: Saturday, Dec. 22 at 7 p.m.
  • Where:New Leaf Club 1225 Montrose Ave, Bryn Mawr
  • Why Go: Join the Wilson Vocal Academy and New Leaf Club for a night of holiday and inspirational music to benefit the Hurricane Sandy relief effort. The cafe will be open and serving festive food and drink!
  • Cost: $10.00. 10 and under - Free

The Philadelphia Mandolin and Guitar Ensemble Concert

  • When: Saturday, Dec. 29 at 8 p.m.
  • Where:
  • Why Go: Celebrate the holiday at this special concert featuring The Philadelphia Mandolin and Guitar Ensemble with music by O'Carolan, Bach, Mozart and contempory jazz composer Jim Dragoni. The ensemble will be performing the styles of Brazilian Chro, Folkloric , Classical and Jazz. The ensemble is comprised of mandolins, spanish guitar, mandola, mando guitar, mandocello and 12 string guitar. There are two shows, one on SAT then a SUN matinee.  www.emusictime.com.
  • Reception and light refreshments to follow.
  • Cost: $15 for church members, $20 for the public in advance, and $25 at the door.

 

 

 

 

 


 

 


 

 


Nancy Daniel December 10, 2012 at 02:20 AM
Tri-State Jazz Society presents Rio Clemente Trio, Sunday Dec. 16, 2:00-5:00 Community Arts Center, 414 Plush Mill Road, Wallingford 19086 $10 for first timers and members; $20 general admission; free for students with IDs and children with paying adult; pay at door -- no advance sales or reservations. More info: 856-720-0232 pay at door
John Kahler December 10, 2012 at 01:02 PM
Commonwealth Youthchoirs member choirs present several upcoming concerts: Sunday, December 16, 2012, 5 pm: Holiday Concert on the Square (Keystone State Boychoir and Pennsylvania Girlchoir) Church of the Holy Trinity, Rittenhouse Square Advance general admission tickets $10, $15 at the door Friday, January 4, 2013, 7:30 pm and Sunday, January 6, 2013, 3 and 6 pm: HARP! The Herald Angels Sing - Ceremony of Carols (Keystone State Boychoir) First Presbyterian Church in Germantown, 35 West Chelten Avenue, Philadelphia Advance tickets start at $15, tickets at the door start at $20 ... plus more area events. For more information and to purchase advance tickets: http://www.pagirlchoir.org/performances.html and http://www.keystonestateboychoir.org/season.html or contact Melinda Gervasio via email at mgervasio@cychoirs.org or call 215.849.1762 with any questions.
Wynnewoodie December 10, 2012 at 01:48 PM
The world-renowned Philadelphia Boys Choir will be performing their holiday concert, "Sing, Choirs of Angels" at St. David's Episcopal Church in Wayne on Saturday, December 15th at 8pm. For more information about this and other shows by the Philadelphia Boys Choir, go to http://www.phillyboyschoir.org/programs/boys/schedule
Mary Ayres December 10, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Mark your calendars for a January performance by the Luther College Nordic Choir (65 voices) on Sat. January 19th at 7:30 pm at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Ardmore PA (corner of E. Athens Ave and Wynnewood Rd--with plenty of free off-street parking). $15 for adults and children 12 and older. Tickets at the door or contact the church office at 610-642-3211
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