It’s no surprise that there are an overwhelming number of choices when it comes to musical events in December. What may be surprising is how many different ones are happening in and near the Upper Perkiomen Valley.
This weekend, you can start with an a cappella men’s group comprised of over 60 voices; the North Pennsmen Barbershop Chorus. This year’s winter concert, A Chocolate Flavored Christmas will be at Indian Crest Middle School, 139 Harleysville Pike (Route 113), Souderton on Friday Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. Tickets may be bought in advance or at the door.
If you prefer Celtic Music, local musician Terry Kane will be playing Irish tunes and some Irish Christmas Carols, along with Steve Stanislaw, and 10-12 more musicians who’ve dropped by for McCarthy’s night of Christmas Caroling on Friday, December 6th from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. All levels of musicians are welcome to join in. McCarthy’s is a fabulous restaurant (that just recently acquired their liquor license, allowing them to serve Irish beer and Irish coffee, among other offerings) behind Donegal Square store at 534 Main Street, Bethlehem, PA
The Bel Canto Children’s Chorus presents their 2013 Winter Concert on Saturday, December 7, 2013. Inspired by the diversity amongst our singers and staff, this concert explores a rich combination of cultures and history through music. Tickets are available at the door for the 7 p.m. concert at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 81 Main Street, Pennsburg.
On Sunday evening, Dec. 8, 2013, at 7 p.m. stop by the Valley Art Series concert in Sumneytown to join in the caroling, or just listen to the fantastic Suite Brass Choir,which will be joined by soprano soloist Susan Lynch, and violinist Jennifer Ollikainen. There is no admission charge for the concert, though a free will offering will be taken and the proceeds donated to Open Link’s Adopt-a-Family, which provides gifts for needy families during the holiday season. The audience is invited to the social hall for refreshments following the program. St. John’s Lutheran Church, Main Street, Sumneytown.
You’ll have two to choose from on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013. The Upper Perkiomen Middle School Choir, Band, and Orchestra Winter Concert starts at 7 p.m. in the auditorium at the Upper Perkiomen High School, 2 Walt Road, Pennsburg. Get there early if you want a seat – the 800 seat auditorium fills up quickly; people have been known to arrive at 6 p.m. to stake out their row. This concert is free. Jazz and Joe is also a free event, held on the 2nd Thursday of every month at the Church of the Holy Spirit, 2871 Barndt Road, Harleysville. The Alan Segal Quintet starts playing at 7 p.m and, except for one brief intermission, continues to play until 9 p.m. There is room for dancing, and candlelit tables on which to set your food and drink (all free and provided by members of the church). Don’t worry if you can’t be there by 7; folks drop in and find a seat throughout the evening.
Valley Chorale Arts presents their Winter Concert, Messiah Sing, on Saturday, December 14, 2013, 7:30 p.m. at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Main Street, Pennsburg and on Sunday, December 15, 2013, 4 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 19 S Main Street, Perkasie.
The always wonderful Upper Perkiomen High School Choirs take the stage on Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 3 p.m. in the auditorium at the Upper Perkiomen High School, 2 Walt Road, Pennsburg. If you can’t make the show, be sure and catch them on local PCTV (the station will often run the concert multiple times in the week leading up to Christmas Day). Their concerts contain a mix of sacred and popular music.
Local musician and composer Eve Keane will be at the premiere of her latest work, a new carol, which will be sung by the Adult Choir of Church of the Holy Spirit during A Service of Christmas Lessons and Carols on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013 at 7 p.m. Conducted by Sue Ellen Echard, the Choir is consists of thirty people, some of whom are professional musicians. The Handbell Choir will also play at this event, which feature works by Boris Ord, Will Todd and David Willcocks. Church of the Holy Spirit, 2871 Barndt Road, Harleysville.