There are many holiday-themed and seasonal-music performances to choose from; it really is the most wonderful time of the year if you love Christmas carols. But how many Christmas programs promise the involvement of chipmunks, a buxom Southern belle and a Hallelujah Chorus performed by monks who will keep their vows of silence intact? There is only one: the Holiday Hit Parade
, courtesy of the Gateway Men's Chorus
. The GMC mixes the standards with fresh takes on some of the hipper Christmas tunes, and further spikes the tuneful eggnog with a great deal of humor. Additionally, the GMC gleefully encourages audience participation; nothing beats a good, old-fashioned Christmas sing-along, as you'll discover at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday (December 11 and 12) at the Edison Theatre on the Washington University campus (6445 Forsyth Boulevard; 314-935-6543 or www.gatewaymenschorus.org
). Tickets are $20 to $25.
Dec. 11-12, 2009