Holiday Music to Soothe and Excite

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Concerts and Shows for All Ages
Author: Scott McCullough

This time of year, Missouri’s concert halls are transformed into magical places. Music and shows we’ve seen and heard all of our lives are reborn for us to enjoy just as much as ever. Funny how these sounds and sights never grow old.

What would Christmas be without the musical styling and smooth-as-silk voice of Johnny Mathis at the Oak Ridge Boys Theatre in Branson.? You can hear Johnny sing Christmas standards and many never-to-be forgotten hits, Nov. 14 and 15, 2014.

The Juanita K. Hammons Hall for Performing Arts is Springfield’s contemporary performing arts center. Dec. 5-7, 2014, their WinterFest Festival presents works by the region’s best visual artists, combined with live holiday music from local choirs and instrumental groups. Following that, on Dec. 15, 2014, the delightful children’s production of Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells asks the question: How is Junie B. supposed to enjoy anything when she has drawn the name of her arch-nemesis, Tattletale May, for her Secret Santa gift?

In Jefferson City, Dec. 9, 2014, a cheerful holiday tradition continues for the 77th year, when the rotunda of the Capitol hosts Capital Caroling. The choirs, chorales and orchestras from Jefferson City public schools fill the building with traditional music and special selections. It should be noted that seating in the rotunda is limited and there are no reserved seats; standing room (which fills quickly) is available in the rotunda and 1st floor side wings.

Make plans to attend a Candlelight Christmas Concert at the First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site in St. Charles, Dec. 13, 2014. The original legislative chambers are bathed in the glow of candlelight as musicians fill the space with traditional songs native to Missouri and the Midwest. This event is sure to get you into the holiday spirit. Reservations required; tickets available beginning Nov. 28, 2014.

For something truly unique, travel to Hermann Dec. 13, 2014, for the Columbia Handbell Ensemble Winter Concert, presented at St. George Church. This group uses sets of five-octave hand bells and chimes to create fascinating melodies. While you are there, tour the multi-award-winning decorated rooms of the rectory.

In Kansas City, the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, a mega-modern, high-tech facility encompassing two awe-inspiring performance venues, hosts several holiday performances for the 2014 season, including:

  • Mannheim Steamroller Christmas: Nov. 22
  • Handel's Messiah: Dec. 5-7 & 23
  • TubaChristmas Festivities: Dec. 5 & 8
  • The Nutcracker: Various dates, Dec. 6-24
  • The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra’s Christmas Concert: Dec. 9
  • Waltzing in a Winter Wonderland: Dec. 10
  • Annual Christmas Festival: Dec. 18-21

The Peabody Opera House in St. Louis, with its classic splendor and state-of-the-art amenities, invites you to experience two outstanding holiday presentations:

  • The Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker: Dec. 2
  • Trailer Park Boys "Dear Santa Claus" Tour: Dec. 4 (Not recommended for children.)

Select nights through December, get a ticket and take a seat in the Main Street Music Hall in Osage Beach (Lake of the Ozarks) for Christmas on Main Street, Opry style. It is toe tappin’ good.

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