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Those old familiar songs (and maybe ones not so familiar) will be sung this month at the many holiday concerts happening in the area. Here’s our roundup of the yule-tide feel good tunes coming this season.


New Haven Chorale: Home for the Holidays

7:30 PM Saturday, December 13th, Trinity Lutheran Church, Orange and Wall Streets, New Haven

Join the Chorale, with orchestra and delightful soprano soloist Louise Fanteux, for the Chorale’s annual holiday celebration, featuring Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s buoyantTe Deum, J.C. Bach’s exuberant Magnificat, festive a cappella favorites, moving spirituals for the season, and a sing-a-long of classic holiday favorites with orchestral accompaniment. Even St. Nick is rumored to be planning an appearance! A fun concert for the whole family! 

Concert Tickets: $20 General, $15 Seniors, Children and Students Free with ID. http://newhavenchorale.typepad.com/

New Haven Symphony Orchestra (NHSO): Sleigh Ride Of Christmas Carols And Holiday Favorites 

Saturday, December 13 at 2:30pm at Hamden Middle School and Sunday, December 14 at 3:00pm at Shelton Intermediate School.

The program will Principal Pops Conductor Chelsea Tipton will lead a festive “Home for the Holidays” program featuring such holiday favorites as “Winter Wonderland,” “Sleigh Ride,” and “Greensleeves;” a Christmas carol sing along; and “O Holy Night” featuring Yale Opera alumna Kelly Hill.

Tickets are $35 or $49. Student tickets are $10 and KidTix (children ages 7-17) are free with the purchase of an adult ticket. Blue Star tickets for active military personnel and their immediate families are free. To purchase tickets or for more information, contact the NHSO Box Office at 203.865.0831 x20 or visit www.NewHavenSymphony.org.


The Branford Folk Coffeehouse: Pete Rushefsky & The Ternovka Ensemble 

December 13, 2014, 8 PM, Auditorium of the First Congregational Church of Branford, 1009 Main Street, Branford, CT

Join Branford Folk on Dec. 13 for a special Hanukkah concert and dance party with internationally renowned klezmer musician and composer Pete Rushefsky, a leading performer of the tsimbl (cimbalom), the traditional hammered dulcimer of klezmer music. Rushefsky and bandmates will provide a musical tour of the shtetls and cities of Eastern Europe that formed klezmer’s wellspring and trace its evolution to the New World.

In addition, Branford Folk’s own renowned dance leader (and president) Willa Horowitz will teach dance steps at the end of the concert, turning the event into a rollicking party.

Admission is $15 for nonmembers, $12 for members, and $5 for children 12 and under. Admission policy for this season’s great folk shows: Pay at the door. http://folknotes.org/branfordfolk/

Choate Chapel: Lessons & Carols
Sunday, December 14, 2014, 5:00 PM, Seymour St. John Chapel, Choate campus, Wallingford

The Festival of Lessons and Carols is based on the service of scripture and song held in King’s College Chapel, Cambridge. Readings from the Bible are interspersed with anthems sung by Choate choruses and the congregation in a spirit-filled celebration of the holiday season.

This event is free and open to the public. http://www.choate.edu/boxoffice

Bethesda Music Series: Holiday Opera Amahl and the Night Visitors 

Sunday, December 14, 2014, at 7:00pm. Bethesda Lutheran Church, 450 Whitney Avenue, New Haven

The one-act opera by Gian Carlo Menotti was first performed on Christmas Eve, 1951, by the NBC Television Theater. Amahl, which features a child in the lead role, is a perfect introduction to opera for children and families. Just under an hour long, Amahl, performed by opera students from Western Connecticut State University, directed by Margaret Astrup, has become an annual tradition for the Bethesda Music Series.

Front rows are reserved for children. The event is free and open to the public. A free-will offering will be collected with all proceeds going to the College Scholarship Fund at Resurrection Lutheran Church in New Haven. http://bethesdanewhaven.org/

The Civic Orchestra of New Haven: Fall Concert 

Sunday, December 14th, 2014 at 3:00 pm in Battell Chapel, located at the corner of Elm and College Streets in New Haven.

December holiday concert featuring various classical pieces directed by Christopher J. Hisey.

A contribution of $10 for students and seniors and $15 for an individual is suggested. Email conhcivic@gmail.comfor more information or visit http://civicorchestraofnewhaven.org/


Silk’n Sounds: Happy Holiday Harmonies

Sunday, December 14th, 2:00PM, Spring Glen Church
1825 Whitney Ave., Hamden, CT

The award-winning women’s a Capella chorus gives a holiday performance.

Tickets $12 adults, $10 seniors & students. Children 12 and under free. Refreshments and raffle of Themed Baskets. Tickets: 203-248-7348. silknsounds.org

New Haven Symphony: Handel’s Messiah

Thursday, December 18th, 7:30- 9:30, Spring Glen Church, 1825 Whitney Ave.
Hamden, CT

Celebrate the season with an uplifting performance of Handel’s masterpiece, Messiah, featuring the soaring voices of the Christ Church Choir.

Tickets $15, 30, 49, 59, 74, Students $10, KidTix Free. http://newhavensymphony.org/

Music Haven Winter Performance Party

Fri, December 19, 6pm, 9pm, Garner Hall, Southern Connecticut State University, 501 Crescent St., New Haven, CT

Join the Music Haven community as we celebrate the accomplishments of our 75 young students! Performances by Music Haven students and their teachers, the Haven String Quartet and pianist Miki Sawada, will be followed by a potluck feast. Bring your instrument and join us onstage for the “Project YOURchestra” finale. Come for the music, stay for the food and community spirit!

Admission: Free. Please bring a dish to share at the potluck reception immediately following the concert. musichavenct.org.

Neighborhood Music School: Holiday Play-in and Sing-Along

Saturday, December 20th, 10 AM, Neighborhood Music School, 100 Audubon Street, New Haven

Join us in celebrating the holiday season by participating in our play-in and sing-along. We’ll do simple sight-reading of familiar favorites from many different cultures. Musicians and singers welcome. Sheet music provided. Play-in directed & coordinated by Julia Blue Raspe and Grace Feldman.

Free and open to the public. http://neighborhoodmusicschool.org/