With a piano and enough family and friends visiting for the holidays, you can do your own holiday singing — though in most families there’s at least one member whose singing irritates rather than inspires.
You can treat these friends and family members to choral performance by talented singers young and old thanks to several Valley events taking place this holiday season.
The Chandler Children’s Choir performs its “Holiday Concert” Thurs, Dec 2, in Sun Lakes — as well as Fri, Dec 17, and Sat, Dec 18, in Mesa.
The West Valley Chorale presents their “Holiday Concert” Thurs, Dec 2, in Sun City West and Tues, Dec 7, in Sun City.
The Phoenix Children’s Chorus performs “beautiful carols and songs from around the globe” Sat, Dec 4, at the Higley Center for the Performing Arts.
South Mountain Community College presents “Highlights from Handel’s Messiah” featuring their Community Concert Choir and Orchestra on Dec 4 at their Performing Arts Center.
North Valley Chorale presents “Rejoice” on Sat, Dec 4, in Phoenix.
The ASU Instrumental and Choral Ensembles present a free event, “A Folkloric Holiday Celebration,” Sun, Dec 5 at ASU Gammage in Tempe.
The Orpheus Male Chorus presents several “Holidays with Orpheus” concerts, including a Tues, Dec 7, fundraiser benefiting the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center.
The Phoenix Girls Chorus presents two holiday concerts this season. Their “Holiday Family Concert” in Tempe on Sat, Dec 4, features all five choirs. The “Holiday Classics Concert” in Phoenix on Tues, Dec 21. features the Cantabile and Tour choirs.
The Dickens Carolers present “Christmas Around the World” in Scottsdale on Sun, Dec 5.
The Scottsdale Children’s Chorus and Scottsdale Youth Orchestra present a free “Messiah Sing-In” Sun, Dec 5, in Scottsdale.
The Sonoran Desert Chorale presents “Home for the Holidays” Sun, Dec 12, in Paradise Valley.
The Tempe Community Chorus presents their “Holiday Concert” Sun, Dec 12, at Kerr Cultural Center in Scottsdale.
The Phoenix Chorale presents “Home for the Holidays” — featuring “beloved holiday favorites mixed with exciting new pieces” — Dec 16-20 at various Phoenix, Paradise Valley and Sun City locations.
The Phoenix Boys Choir presents “Festival of Carols,” described as “a global holiday celebration filled with new songs, traditional hymns and seasonal favorites,” Dec 17-20 at various locations in Phoenix, Scottsdale and Sun City.
I’m most drawn to the concerts featuring young performers because I enjoy not only their music, but also the joys and wonders of childhood reflected in their heartfelt performances.
Support the young singers in our community this season, and throughout the year, by attending concerts like those listed above as well as concerts presented by local school children to university students.
Your interest and attendance reminds children that participating in the arts is a fun and valuable enterprise with both individual and collective rewards.
Youth who participate in choral performance are experienced in listening, creativity, positive self-expression and teamwork.
They’re just the kind of children and teens we need to build a better, brighter future for us all.
Note: For information on more family-friendly holiday events and activities, visit the print and/or online calendar for Raising Arizona Kids magazine.
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