“I love to hear a choir. I love the humanity to see the faces of real people devoting themselves to a piece of music. I like the teamwork. It makes me feel optimistic about the human race when I see them cooperating like that.” – Paul McCartney

 December 2016

December 3, 5:00 pm
Cincinnati Boychoir (Christopher Eanes, conductor)
“Sing Me A Story: How the Grinch Stole Christmas”
This is a holiday tradition not to miss: join us as we tell the story of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, complete with more than 150 singers on stage, orchestra, and special guests Bob Herzog and Kathy Wade. Hear and sing along with favorite holiday songs, and feel your own heart grow three sizes as the Grinch finds his holiday cheer! Procter & Gamble Hall, Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202. Tickets: $10 – $35. To purchase tickets, click here. cincinnatiboychoir.org

December 3, 7:00 pm
Cincinnati Choral Society (Phil Clary, conductor)
“Remembering The Holidays – A Concert of Carols & Lullabies”
Local fans will have an opportunity to hear the Cincinnati Choral Society (CCS), one of the greater Cincinnati area’s premier auditioned choirs, at two locations for their upcoming December 2016 concerts. The centerpiece of the concerts will be “Carols and Lullabies” (Christmas in the Southwest) arranged by Conrad Susa for chorus, harp, guitar, and marimba.  This outstanding collection brings together ten of the most beautiful carols of the Spanish-speaking world. The concert also features well-known carols, including an audience sing-a-long. The 40 voice auditioned chorus, under the direction of Philip Clary, will collaborate with the Cincinnati Collaborative Ringing Project under the leadership of Ms. Lissa Ray, Adjunct Faculty, Handbell Ensemble – Music Department  Xavier University. Guest choir, The Ursuline Academy A Cappella Choir, will also perform on the program. St. Barnabas Episcopal Church,10345 Montgomery Rd. Cincinnati OH 45242. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Seniors & student pricing is $12. Children 12 and under are free. www.cincinnatichoralsociety.org

December 3, 7:30 pm
Cincinnati Sound Chorus (Lynn Harmuth, conductor)
“This is Your Life” a 10 Year Anniversary Celebration
Since the merger of Seven Hills Chorus and Queen City Chorus ten years ago, Cincinnati Sound Chorus has delighted audiences with timeless songs like “Cincinnati’s My Town,” “Love Letters,” and more current tunes like “Sway” and “Happy.” Join us for a journey through time as we celebrate ten years of musical highlights.  There will be a lot of fun surprises along the way! On Saturday, December 3rd, 2016, at 7:30 p.m., the chorus will present “This is Your Life” An Anniversary Celebration at the JCC of Cincinnati, 8485 Ridge Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45236.

The a cappella barbershop style graces all types of music – and the audience will enjoy popular songs, old standards, show tunes, and more in this entertaining program by the chorus, quartets, and the Sound Effects ensemble.  There will be a special guest performance by Tenacious Quartet.  In April 2015, Tenacious was named Harmony Heartland Region 4 Quartet Champions after being together a little over 3 months.  In 2016, they placed 2nd and qualified as a wild card contestant at the international level placing 12th in the world this year.

Cincinnati Sound Chorus is comprised of 55 singers from ages 16 to 80 who come from a wide range of backgrounds and musical experience –  all connected by a love of singing barbershop harmony.  The group is led by Master Director Lynn Hartmuth and is the proud Fifth Place Medalist in the 2016 Harmony Heartland regional competition among choruses from parts of Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, West Virginia, Tennessee, and Alabama.  The chorus is a member of Sweet Adelines International (www.sweetadelineintl.org), the largest women’s singing and vocal music education organization in the world. For more information about the concert, please contact Liz Sabo Johnson at (513) 289-5721 or e-mail: saboliz@designingsuccess.com.

Ticket Information:  Tickets are $20.00 for age 11 and up, $10.00 for ages 10 and under.  Tickets may be obtained from any chorus member or on the chorus’ web site, www.cincinnatisound.org.


December 4, 2:00 pm
Musica Sacra (Brett Scott, conductor)
“Christmas with Musica Sacra”
Musica Sacra presents Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s In Navitatem Domine Nostri Jesu Christi, H. 414; Francesco Durante’s Magnificat in B-flat Major, Dietrich Buxtehude’s Das neugeborne Kindelein and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Missa Brevis. Episcopal Church of the Redeemer 2944 Erie Avenue, Hyde Park. Freewill offering.

December 4, 2:30 pm
Cincinnati Choral Society (Phil Clary, conductor)
“Remembering The Holidays – A Concert of Carols & Lullabies”
Local fans will have an opportunity to hear the Cincinnati Choral Society (CCS), one of the greater Cincinnati area’s premier auditioned choirs, at two locations for their upcoming December 2016 concerts. The centerpiece of the concerts will be “Carols and Lullabies” (Christmas in the Southwest) arranged by Conrad Susa for chorus, harp, guitar, and marimba.  This outstanding collection brings together ten of the most beautiful carols of the Spanish-speaking world. The concert also features well-known carols, including an audience sing-a-long. The 40 voice auditioned chorus, under the direction of Philip Clary, will collaborate with the Cincinnati Collaborative Ringing Project under the leadership of Ms. Lissa Ray, Adjunct Faculty, Handbell Ensemble – Music Department  Xavier University. Guest choir, The Anderson High School Combined Women’s Treble Choir, will also perform on the program. St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 8101 Beechmont Ave, Cincinnati OH 45255. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Seniors & student pricing is $12. Children 12 and under are free. www.cincinnatichoralsociety.org

December 4, 3:00 pm
Middletown Civic Chorus (Jeremy Jones, conductor)
Messiah
The Middletown Civic Chorus will be singing selections from Handel’s masterwork accompanied by organ, strings, and trumpet. First Christian Church 4520 Rosedale Rd. Middletown OH, 45042. Freewill offering will be taken.


December 9, 8:00 pm
Vocal Arts Ensemble (Stephanie Nash, conductor)
“A Candlelit Christmas”
The darkness of winter, filled with meaningful songs of the season, amidst the lustrous, warm glow of candlelight: what better way to experience timeless music reflecting the profound sentiments of this wondrous time of year? VAE Assistant Conductor Stephanie Nash leads the VAE singers in what promises to be an unforgettable holiday experience, blending ancient and new, and familiar favorites with fresh twists. St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, 1600 Madison Rd., Cincinnati, 45206. Tickets available at www.vaecinci.org.


December 10, 7:00 pm
Cincinnati Camerata (Brett Scott, conductor)
“Mary East and West”
Cincinnati Camerata brings Mary to the East and West sides of Cincinnati with choral gems from both Orthodox and Western Marian traditions. Featuring works by MacMillan, Duruflé, Poulenc, Mealor, Sander, Biebl, Tavener, Paulus, Rachmaninoff, and Mendelssohn. St. Cecilia Church, Oakley, 3105 Madison Road Cincinnati, Ohio 45209. Ticket Information: $15 suggested donation at the door. No advance tickets. cincinnaticamerata.com

December 10, 7:30 pm
Southern Gateway Chorus (Jeff Legters, conductor)
“Joy to the World”
Celebrating their 60th year, join the Southern Gateway Chorus for an evening filled with holiday classics guaranteed to put you and your family in the spirit of the season. Tickets are $15 and $25 (children under 17 are $5). McAuley High School Performing Arts Center, 6000 Oakwood Avenue, Cincinnati, OH. Ticket Information: www.cincyticket.com

December 10, 8:00 pm
Vocal Arts Ensemble (Stephanie Nash, conductor)
“A Candlelit Christmas”
The darkness of winter, filled with meaningful songs of the season, amidst the lustrous, warm glow of candlelight: what better way to experience timeless music reflecting the profound sentiments of this wondrous time of year? VAE Assistant Conductor Stephanie Nash leads the VAE singers in what promises to be an unforgettable holiday experience, blending ancient and new, and familiar favorites with fresh twists. St. Boniface Catholic Church, 1750 Chase Ave., Cincinnati, 45223. Tickets available at www.vaecinci.org.


December 11, 3:00 pm
Cincinnati Collegium (Christopher Eanes, conductor)
“Handel: Messiah
This is a performance not to miss! Hear the stunning voices & virtuosic instrumentalists of the Collegium bring Messiah to life in a historically-informed and electric performance that will complete your holiday season. Christ Church Cathedral, 318 East Fourth Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202. Tickets: Adult Priority Seating (first 10 rows): $25; Student/Senior Priority Seating (first 10 rows): $22; Adult General Admission: $20; Student/Senior General Admission: $17. To purchase tickets, click here. collegiumcincinnati.org

December 11, 4:00 pm
Cincinnati Camerata (Brett Scott, conductor)
“Mary East and West”
Cincinnati Camerata brings Mary to the East and West sides of Cincinnati with choral gems from both Orthodox and Western Marian traditions. Featuring works by MacMillan, Duruflé, Poulenc, Mealor, Sander, Biebl, Tavener, Paulus, Rachmaninoff, and Mendelssohn. St. Catharine Church, Westwood, 2848 Fischer Place Cincinnati, Ohio 45211. Ticket Information: $15 suggested donation at the door. No advance tickets. cincinnaticamerata.com

December 11, 5:00 pm
Vocal Arts Ensemble (Stephanie Nash, conductor)
“A Candlelit Christmas”
The darkness of winter, filled with meaningful songs of the season, amidst the lustrous, warm glow of candlelight: what better way to experience timeless music reflecting the profound sentiments of this wondrous time of year? VAE Assistant Conductor Stephanie Nash leads the VAE singers in what promises to be an unforgettable holiday experience, blending ancient and new, and familiar favorites with fresh twists. Lakeside Presbyterian Church, 2690 Dixie Highway, Lakeside Park, KY 41017. Tickets available at www.vaecinci.org.


December 14, 7:00 pm
Old St. Mary’s (Bro. Brent Stull, conductor)
“Musical Oratory of Advent”
Musical Oratory of Advent is an evening of choral reflection on Sacred Scripture.  Choral pieces will be in English, German, and Latin by composers such as Bach, Praetorius, Manz, Palestrina, and Victoria.  In addition to choral pieces, many congregational favorites will be sung by all. A light reception will follow in Fr. Felten Hall. Old St. Mary’s Church, 123 East 13th Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202. FREE and OPEN to the public. www.oldstmarys.org


December 18, 6:00 pm
Mason Chorale (Karen Mail, conductor)
Little Miami High School Choirs, The Ringers of Mason Chorale and Hallelujah Ringers (guest artists)
“A Mason Chorale Christmas”
Come join us for a night of both old and new, whimsical and inspirational Christmas music. You will hear “Glory to God,” and “And the Glory of the Lord” by Handel, excerpts from “Savior of the Nations, Come” and “An Early American Service of Lessons and Carols” and songs we all know and love such as “White Christmas” and “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.”

Need Christmas present ideas? There will be an opportunity to bid on themed baskets before the concert and during intermission (sweet treats will be served during this time as well). Heritage Presbyterian Church, 6546 S. Mason Montgomery Rd., Mason OH, 45040. Tickets are available to purchase at the door for $8. www.masonchorale.com