2012 Houston Holiday Concert Preview

November 22, 2012 8:00 AM

Some of the best concerts of the year feature a holiday theme and many are planned between now and the year’s end. These are the must-see shows this year.

orchestra 2012 Houston Holiday Concert Preview

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Holidays in Houston may lack the snowfall and colder temperatures that many feel add to the holiday spirit, but there are plenty of festive events throughout Houston to keep residents and tourists in a holiday mood. Some of the best concerts of the year feature a holiday theme and many are planned between now and the year’s end. These are the must-see shows this year.
Houston Symphony Holly Jolly Spectacular
The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
2005 Lake Robbins Drive
The Woodlands, TX 77380
(281) 363-3300

Price: $15 per person
Hours: Dec 7 – 7:30 p.m.

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion comes alive Dec. 7 for an evening of holiday cheer. The Houston Symphony Orchestra will perform dozens of holiday classics on this magical evening as the pavilion is transformed into a holiday wonderland. The event is made with families in mind and will feature carolers, snow and a visit with that jolly old elf himself, Santa Claus. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m., but guests are encouraged to show up early for the pre-concert activities in the North Plaza beginning at 6 p.m.

Very Merry Pops

Jones Hall
615 Louisiana St., #101
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 224-7575

Price: $25 to $118 per person
Hours: Dec 14 and Dec 15 – 8 p.m.; Dec 16 – 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

A Houston tradition, Very Merry Pops is ready to rock the Jones Hall for the Performing Arts with a holiday concert like no other. Broadway star Ashley Brown will headline this concert, performing new and entertaining versions of several holiday classics. Families may enjoy a special evening of memorable tunes backed by the Houston Symphony Orchestra.

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The Baltimore Consort: Wassail, Wassail
Christ Church Cathedral
1117 Texas Ave.
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 222-2593

Price: $35 per adult/$30 per senior citizen/free for children age 15 and younger
Hours: Dec 11 – 7:30 p.m.

Celebrate the holiday season with a memorable and enjoyable performance by the Baltimore Consort. This musical production is unique for its instrumentation, which includes the cittern, lute, crumhorns, rebec, recorders and percussion for a one of a kind sound. The music itself is also unique, featuring holiday carols and dance songs popular in Great Britain, Germany, France and Spain. Imagine listening to your favorite holiday classics performed with such an eccentric set of instruments and performers. It’s a little edgy and certain to please the more adventurous holiday concert goers.

The Brian Setzer Orchestra: Christmas Rocks
Arena Theater
7326 Southwest Freeway
Houston, TX 77074
(713) 772-5900

Price: $49.50 per person
Hours: Dec 15 – 8 p.m.

Brian Setzer has moved on to many great musical achievements since leaving his former band the Stray Cats. His Brian Setzer Orchestra features the sound of Setzer’s guitar backed by a full orchestra, and for this event, Setzer will “rock this town” with an evening of classic Christmas tunes set to an orchestra and rockabilly beat. It’s a show certain to please parents who grew up listening to Brian Setzer and children who appreciate the rock and roll element.

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Kingston Trio Holiday Show
Grand 1894 Opera House
2020 Post Office St.
Galveston, TX 77550
(409) 765-1894

Price: $20 to $58 per person
Hours: Dec 22 – 8 p.m.
Enjoy a more laid-back evening in Galveston with the Kingston Trio and its Holiday Show. The Kingston Trio has been around for decades and is known for its easy-going style. Its familiar and well-loved sound blends perfectly with the more thoughtful songs of the holiday, and its concert makes a great choice for loyal fans of the trio who grew up listening to and admiring its musical work.

Bryan Carey is a Houston, Texas resident with an avid interest in restaurants, dining, breweries, wineries, festivals, cultural events, museums, theatre, concerts, and other forms of entertainment. He has been writing about entertainment, travel, and related topics for more than fifteen years and has thousands of articles to his credit. His work can be found at Examiner.com.

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