GSU Gala Concert
It’s the 25th time Georgia State University has brought together its student and faculty ensembles, perhaps with some special guests, in a celebration of the holidays. For this one performance, listeners will find a choir-heavy celebration that is “brimming with holiday cheer.”
3 p.m. Dec. 4. $17-$36. Rialto Center for the Arts, 80 Forsyth St., Atlanta. 404-413-9849, rialto.gsu.edu
Credit: Jonathan Phillips
Credit: Jonathan Phillips
Spelman-Morehouse Christmas Carol Concert
Holiday performances at Morehouse and Spelman are always a sign of the season in Atlanta, but this year, the concerts are happening earlier than usual. Spelman’s Glee Club gives listeners “A Little Taste of Christmas” in Sisters Chapel on Nov. 29 before heading over to Morehouse and the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel for the combined concerts on Dec. 4. (The two glee clubs also appear back at Spelman on Dec. 3.) These performances are always packed, so plan accordingly.
6 p.m. Dec. 4. Free. MLK Jr. International Chapel, Morehouse College, 830 Westview Drive SW, Atlanta. 404-270-5476, spelman.edu
Spviey Hall Children’s Choir
This concert unites Spivey Hall Young Artists with the Spivey Hall Children’s Choir and the Spivey Hall Tour Choir in a program of holiday music from various nationalities. Organist Alan Morrison will also lead audience sing-a-longs.
7:30 p.m. Dec. 9; 3 p.m. Dec. 10 and 11. $25. Spivey Hall, 2000 Clayton State Blvd., Morrow. 678-466-4200, spiveyhall.org
For listeners who want to venture out of the metro area for some holiday cheer, Athens Symphony musicians will perform a holiday program including “Overture to ‘Miracle on 34th Street,’” “Sleigh Ride” and others. Choral music planned for the performance includes “Irving Berlin Christmas,” “O Tannenbaum” and Leroy Anderson’s “A Christmas Festival.”
8 p.m. Dec. 10; 3 p.m. Dec. 11. Free. Classic Center, 300 N. Thomas St., Athens. 706-357-4444, athenssymphony.org
Masterworks Chorale, along with guest soloists and various additional choirs (and even dancers), present this year’s “Christmas at the Centre” in Newnan. The program includes portions of Handel’s “Messiah” — plus an audience singalong of the “Hallelujah” chorus — as well as other seasonal fare.
2:30 p.m. Dec. 11. $5-$15. Donald W. Nixon Centre, 1523 Lower Fayetteville Road, Newnan. masterworkscommunitychorale.com
Atlanta Master Chorale
Directed by Eric Nelson, who runs Emory University’s choral program, the Atlanta Master Chorale has been a mainstay of university programming for decades. The group’s annual holiday concert is always a must-see seasonal event. Livestream tickets are available. If these holiday shows pique your interest for more choral excitement, AMC will present Bach’s “Magnificat” in March and a “High Lonesome Bluegrass Mass” in April.
8 p.m. Dec. 9-10; 4 p.m. Dec. 11. $10-$38. Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, 1700 N. Decatur Road, Atlanta. 404-727-5050, arts.emory.edu.
Atlanta Women’s Chorus
The Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus perform early in the season, holding their holiday shows on Dec. 2-3, but their Voices of Note companion choir brings seasonal singing to the middle of the month — perfect for procrastinators. In the women’s program, titled “Winter of Wonders,” the chorus will perform songs including “The Holly and the Ivy,” “Gaudete” and “Still, Still, Still” alongside David MacIntyre’s “Ave Maria.”
2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 17. $25-$35. Cascade Midtown United Methodist Church, 458 Ponce De Leon Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404-320-1030, voicesofnote.org
One of Atlanta’s most visible professional choirs is back this season, led in its 13th year by conductor John Dickson. For this year’s program of holiday concerts, the choir promises “Christmas classics mixed with modern works” during their “Christmas with Coro: Magnificat” program.
7 p.m. Dec. 17. $10-$20. Morningside Presbyterian Church, 1411 N. Morningside Drive NE, Atlanta.
3 p.m. Dec. 18. $10-$20. All Saints Episcopal Church, 634 W. Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta. corovocati.wordpress.com
New Trinity Baroque
Chamber ensemble and instrumental concerts seem to take a backseat this time of year to choral extravaganzas. But New Trinity Baroque has been plugging away for years during the holidays, bringing a wide-ranging and sometimes esoteric group of works to the public — all on period instruments. This year, listeners can expect works by Corelli, Scarlatti, Buxtehude and Torelli. The concert will also include organ works by Bach and Pachelbel.
8 p.m. Dec. 18. $9-$49. St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, 1790 Lavista Road NE, Atlanta. 770-638-7574, newtrinitybaroque.org
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra might be the busiest band this holiday season. In addition to its annual Christmas with the ASO concert (Dec. 15-18) at Symphony Hall — a chance to hear Atlanta Braves staple tenor Timothy Miller and the Spivey Hall Children’s Choir — the ASO and ASO Chorus are hitting the road this holiday season.
Members of the ASO brass present their annual Cathedral of St. Philip concert, under the direction of Dale Adelmann, at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5 (cathedralatl.org), and the orchestra and chorus are then in Athens on the campus of the University of Georgia for a special performance of Handel’s “Messiah” at 8 p.m. Dec. 21 at Hugh Hodgson Hall.
The orchestra then blazes a trail to North Avenue Presbyterian Church for a holiday concert at 11 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Dec. 21 conducted by William R. Langley, founding music director of the Memphis Repertory Orchestra (information below). The musicians end the month in Madison for a reprise holiday music performance at the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center (mmcc-arts.org) at 8 p.m. Dec. 22.
Check the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra website for details at aso.org.