Time to make some tough choices, with multiple concerts happening around the area, some at nearly the same time, in addition to everything else that goes on in December (and that’s before we’ve checked the weather forecasts).
The North Pennsmen Barbershop Chorus show this year is called Home for the Holidays, and will be performed on Friday, December 5th at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday December 6th at 2 p.m. at the Pennridge High School (1228 North 5th Street, Perkasie). Tickets may be purchased at the door.
Local students will perform holiday instrumental selections at Red Men’s Hall (116 Gravel Pike, Green Lane) as part of Saturday and Sunday’s Christmas Market; a wonderful tour of Pennsylvania German Christmas Traditions and folk art presented by three local preservation societies. From 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 6th and from noon to 4 p.m on Sunday, December 7th, unique exhibits, along with crafts, baked goods and candies for sale, are on display at the Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Society (105 Seminary Street, Pennsburg), Mennonite Heritage Center (565 Yoder Road, Harleysville) and Goschenhoppen Historians (Red Men’s Hall, 116 Gravel Pike, Green Lane). The Folk Art Sale at the Mennonite Heritage Center features several artists including baskets by Karen Wychock, carved birds and animals by Alan Kohr, stained glass by Cedar Grove Studio, textiles, potter, woodwork, and more. The Goshenhoppen Historians have set up a Theme Christmas Tree Exhibit, train display and a Christmas putz, while at the Schwenkfelder Museum one will find an exhibit of contemporary hooked rugs, antique and vintage Christmas decorations, and their annual Christmas putz.
The Bel Canto Children’s Chorus’ concert, a musical journey from classical to jazz, begins at 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church (81 Main Street, Pennsburg) Tickets will be available at the door
Brother Sun (a folk group I really like) is performing in Barto at Landhaven (1194 Huff’s Church Road, Barto) at 8 p.m. on Saturday night, Dec. 6th (doors open at 7:15). Call 610-845-3257 for tickets or go online.
Christmas in the Valley, an evening of Christmas music on Saturday, December 6 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Upper Perkiomen High School auditorium. Bring your family and friends for a night packed full of special music and favorite carols. There is no cost for admission, but food and monetary donations will be collected to support The Open Link.
Sunday night (December 7th), as I’ve mentioned in an earlier post, The Suite Brass Ensemble, violinist, Pastor Jennifer Ollikainen, and soprano, Pastor Susan Lynch will be performing at St. John’s Lutheran Church (3104 Main Street, Sumneytown) as part of the Valley Arts Concert series, beginning at 7 p.m. A free will offering supporting Open Link will be taken during intermission.
Looking ahead, the wonderful Alan Segal Quintet will be playing jazz standards (and maybe a few jazzed up holiday classics) at Jazz and Joe on Thursday, December 11, 2014 in Harleysville at the Church of the Holy Spirit (2871 Barndt Road), from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. This is a FREE concert (with refreshments!). There is a basket by the door for a free will offering.
Next weekend, look for Valley Choral Society’s A John Rutter Christmas, Saturday, December 13, 2014 – 7:30 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church (19 South 5th Street, Perkasie, PA) and Sunday, December 14, 2014 – 4:00 p.m. (St. John’s Lutheran Church, 3104 Main Street, Sumneytown, PA). And on Sunday night (still December 14th!) at 7 p.m., the Adult Choir of Church of the Holy Spirit (2871 Barndt Road, Harleysville), featuring the Handbell Choir, will be performing A Service of Christmas Lessons and Carols in the Tradition of Kings’ College, Cambridge.
Upper Perkiomen Middle School Music Holiday Concert is on Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 7 p.m., while the UPHS Choirs Winter Concert will be held on Sunday, December 21st at 3 p.m. Both concerts take place in the auditorium at the Upper Perkiomen High School (2 Walt Road, Pennsburg).