Like it or not, this season brings a ton of spirit and good cheer, including the kind you can see and hear. Scrooge would opt out of these shows, but anyone else that's looking to have a good time to get through winter should read on.
Here are ten great holiday-themed concerts to see this month, presented in chronological order. Did we miss something you're particularly stoked about? Let everyone know what else is going on in the comments, and RFT Music will keep it in mind for future previews throughout the remainder of this chilly month.
Third Annual Hanukkah Hullabaloo Wednesday, December 4, 8 p.m. w/ Brothers Lazaroff, Rabbi James Stone Goodman, The Eight Nights Orchestra, Nostalgia, Tom "Papa" Ray, DJ Boogieman, Thelonius Krpyonite @ Plush - $10-$36 This soulful all-star casts convenes for an evening of Hanukkah-themed fun. Look forward to doo-wop, poetry set to experimental Klezmer soundscapes, DJ sets, freshly fried latkes and more. All proceeds benefit the One Life Whole World Project. For $36, get a VIP pass that includes a pre-show dinner with the performers and a collective of St. Louis rabbis.
Ugly Sweater Christmas Concert Thursday, December 5, 9 p.m. w/ Red Letter Days @ Foam - free Red Letter Days dons sacred spirited sweaters and takes the stage at Foam, performing a set that includes tracks from its latest EP -- read our review of Sounds Like a Plan to get a taste. Admission is free, but bring a few bucks for a good cause; Proceeds from the performance benefit charitable organization Dignity U Wear.
St. Louis Symphony: Bach's Christmas Oratorio Friday, December 6, 8 p.m. Saturday, December 7, 8 p.m. @ Powell Symphony Hall - $30-$109 When it comes to classic Christmas, no one does it better than the St. Louis Symphony. Besides these performances of Bach cantatas, check out a packed schedule that includes Handel's Messiah, Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, a holiday celebration with Christmas carols, and for a special post-holiday treat, the music of John Williams.
Metro Link Holiday Magic Train Saturday, December 7, 1 p.m. w/ Beth Bombara @ Metro Transit Red Line - free Metro puts musicians on trains and sends them crooning down the tracks for a couple hours. Catch local singer-songwriter Beth Bombara on board the Red Line at 1:02 p.m. sharp, beginning and ending at the Fairview Heights MetroLink station. Music groups are also scheduled to perform at a couple of stations over the next couple of weeks -- get the schedule here.
Feliz Navidad with Musica SLESA Friday, December 13, 7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. Saturday, December 14, 7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. @ Jazz at the Bistro - $10-$25 We've named Jazz at the Bistro best jazz club more times than we can count, and for good reason. Visit the city's premier jazz listening room for the holidays. For a festive spin on things, the St. Louis Educators Salsa Association turns out latin jazz, salsa and bebop. Alternatively, check out Duke Ellington's Nutracker Suite performed by the Jazz St. Louis Big Band there.
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