Special/Signature Issues » 2011 Holiday Almanac

I Can Hear Music

How to find seasonal sounds for every taste.

Susan Greenbaum
  • Susan Greenbaum

Mood: Mellow

Mannheim Steamroller lulls you into a state of Christmas bliss with its patented new-age holiday concert, due to grace the Landmark Theater on Nov. 26. 646-4213.

Think locally and enjoy musically when Ashland Coffee and Tea brings one of Richmond's favorite singers and songwriters to its stage for the Susan Greenbaum Holiday Show on Nov. 26. 798-1702.

Kenny G
  • Kenny G

Saxophonist Kenny G — a performer synonymous with mellow — will highlight the seasonal songbook when he performs at the CenterStage on Dec. 8. 592-3400.

Married country-gospel superstars Amy Grant and Vince Gill come to town to celebrate "The 12 Days of Christmas" with a concert at the Landmark Theater on Dec. 9. 646-4213.

Mood: Traditional

The University of Richmond's Schola Cantorum and Women's Chorale will perform at the 38th annual Candlelight Services of Lessons and Carols for two shows Dec. 4 at the Cannon Memorial Chapel. 289-8000.

To some holiday purists, there's only one local holiday musical performance that matters. That's when the Richmond Symphony performs "Handel's Messiah" with the Richmond Symphony Chorus. The stately and majestic concert occurs Dec. 10 at Richmond CenterStage. 788-1212.

As collaborations go, it's doesn't get any more harmonious than the Richmond Men's Chorus joining the Richmond Women's Chorus to present the holiday concert "Harps of Gold." The voices unite at Ginter Park Presbyterian Church on Dec. 10 and 11. 241-0446.

Boasting truly traditional sounds, the vocal ensemble Stile Antico will visit the Modlin Center for the Arts on Dec. 14 to perform "Puer Natus Est," a program of Tudor music for Christmas and Advent. 289-8980.

  • Switchfoot

Mood: Loud

How loud can Santa shred? The 102.1-FM The X's "Miracle on Broad Street" hopes to answer that question Dec. 1 at the National. Ready to rock are Switchfoot, Airborne Toxic Event and two lucky local groups that will be selected from a Nov. 23 battle of the bands contest. 612-1900.

Not your grandma's holiday concert — unless your grandma is a curse-laden, tattooed punk rocker who enjoys hearing the likes of Bill Pantele sing Bon Jovi tunes — the annual two-night Hamaganza event brings together area musicians, politicians and media types in a stage show filled with bad cover songs, loud guitars and irreverent stage patter. It's all to help support the Central Virginia Food Bank so everything's forgiven. Hamaganza assaults Balliceaux on Dec. 16 and Capital Ale House Downtown on Dec. 17. myspace/hamaganza.

Mood: Silly

It doesn't get any wackier than the "Silly Bus Holiday Extravaganza," set for CenterStage on Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. This sing-a-long spectacular will blend Christmas classics with other kid's favorites. 592-3400.

Mood: Jazzy

Gayton Baptist Church invites one and all to enjoy "classy vocal and instrumental jazz seasoned with gourmet coffee and desserts." It's the church's fourth annual Jazz Nativity, a benefit for global missions slated for Dec. 3 and 4 with two shows each day at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. gaytonbaptist.org.

How about a challenging assortment of polytonal dissonance and diminished triads to go along with your fruitcake? Virginia Commonwealth University's music department has you covered with its annual Holiday Gala on Dec. 9 at the Singleton Center for the Performing Arts. 828-6776.

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