Winter Concerts in December

On the first day of December, this Friday night, enjoy an evening of Baroque Christmas music performed by the trio Illumine at Shenkel United Church of Christ (1580 Shenkel Road, Pottstown, PA). Violinist David Matthew Brownpianist Jodie Levine Brown, and lyric mezzo-soprano Kaitlyn Michelle Waterson combine their talents to share with the audience compositions by J.S. Bach, Handel, and Vivaldi. The concert is free and open to the public, and begins at 7 p.m. A second performance is scheduled for Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 – 7 p.m. at the Main Line Unitarian Church, 816 South Valley Forge Road, Devon, PA.

The timeless nature of art is beautifully exemplified by today’s relevance of Baroque Christmas music, ca. 1590-1725. This period encompasses many of history’s most iconic composers, as well as iconic Christmas carols, such as Joy to the WorldO Come, All Ye Faithful, and the Coventry Carol. Join us for an evening of such familiar carols – sung with your participation – and great, concert masterworks entirely from this era of musical grandeur and intricacy.

This weekend, the Goshenhoppen Historians in Green Lane (Red Men’s Hall, 116 Gravel Pike), the Mennonite Heritage Center in Harleysville (565 Yoder Road), and the Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center in Pennsburg (105 Seminary Street), will be hosting their annual Christmas Market. This free event features special exhibits, crafters, demonstrations, bake sales, and more, from 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m on Saturday, December 2nd and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, December 3rd, 2017. Pianists will be playing in Red Man’s Hall from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday, while fiddlers will be sharing their music with folks on Sunday afternoon.

The Valley Arts Concert Series presents an Evening of Christmas Music this Sunday night, December 3rd, 2017, at 7 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 3104 Main Street, Sumneytown, PA. Featured musicians include the Suite Brass Ensemble, soprano Susan Lynch, and violinist Jennifer Ollikainen, and the audience will be invited to join in singing several of holiday hymns and songs. Refreshments will be served in the social hall after the concert. The entire family is welcome, no admission fee. A free will offering will be taken to benefit  Adopt A Family.

The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols will be presented at The Church of the Holy Spirit, 2871 Barndt Road, Harleysville, PA on Sunday evening, December 17, 2017, featuring adult, youth, and handbell choirs, beginning at 7 p.m. Cookies and hot chocolate will be served after the service.

Students at the Upper Perkiomen Middle School and the Upper Perkiomen High School have been practicing in preparation for their winter concerts this month. The middle school orchestra, band, and choir will take the stage at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, December 12th, 2017 in the auditorium of the Upper Perkiomen High School, 2 Walt Road, Pennsburg, PA. On Thursday, December 14th, the high school band and orchestra will be performing in the same auditorium, beginning at 7 p.m. The high school choirs will be singing in concert on Sunday afternoon, beginning at 3 p.m. on December 17, 2017 (also in the Upper Perkiomen High School auditorium).

New Orleans’ Dukes of Dixieland  will be joining the Pennsylvania Philharmonic in concert on Friday, December 29 at 7:30 p.m. at the Phoenixville Area Middle School, 386 City Line Ave, Phoenixville, PA and at 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 30th at the Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, 420 E Packer Ave, Bethlehem, PA. Tickets may be purchased online.

The DUKES of Dixieland bring traditional New Orleans Jazz into the 21st Century by combining elements of Zydeco, Pop and Gospel music. Their style ranges from Dr. John and Fats Domino, to Huey Smith and Louis Prima. In addition to familiar standards and selections performed by the Pennsylvania Philharmonic, the Dukes will share a number of their original compositions.


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