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Sounds of the season
Classical music with holiday spirit

11/23/17
By Angie Sykeny asykeny@hippopress.com



 For those who are looking to hear classical holiday music, New Hampshire orchestras, choirs and music ensembles offer all kinds of spirited concerts this time of year. 

 
• The New Hampshire Philharmonic presents its holiday pops concert on Saturday, Nov. 25, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 26, at 2 p.m., at the Stockbridge Theatre (5 Pinkerton St., Derry). The Pinkerton Academy Chorus will join the orchestra. Tickets cost $12 to $50 for adults, $12 to $45 for seniors and $5 for students. Visit nhphil.org.
• The Manchester Community Music School (2291 Elm St., Manchester) presents its Holiday Pops Concert, “Sounds of the Season,” on Friday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m. New Hampshire Youth Jazz and Wind Ensembles, the Dino Anagnost Youth Symphony and Concert Orchestras and the Flute Choir will perform. Tickets cost $40. Visit mcmusicschool.org. 
• The Strafford Wind Symphony presents its holiday pops concert on Saturday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m., at the Rochester Opera House (31 Wakefield St., Rochester). Tickets cost $12 for adults and $7 for children under age 12. Visit rochesteroperahouse.com. 
• Mont Vernon Congregational Church (4 S. Main St., Mont Vernon) presents its Mont Vernon Messiah Sing concerts on Saturday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 3, at 4 p.m. The show is free. See “Messiah Sing - MVCC” on Facebook. 
• The Rockingham Choral Society presents its Christmas concert featuring chorales by Martin Luther and composed by Bach, Eccard, Mendelssohn and others on Saturday, Dec. 2, at 7:30 p.m., at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church (22 Fox Run Road, Newington) and Sunday, Dec. 3, at 3 p.m., at Christ Church (43 Pine St., Exeter). Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door for adults, $10 in advance or $12 at the door for seniors and students, and free for children age 11 and under. Visit rockinghamchoralsociety.org.  
• The New Hampshire Gay Men’s Chorus presents its 20th anniversary holiday concert series “Celebrating the Holidays,” with shows on Saturday, Dec. 2, at 7:30 p.m., at First Baptist Church of Nashua (121 Manchester St., Nashua); Sunday, Dec. 3, at 4 p.m., at Christ Episcopal Church (1035 Lafayette Road, Portsmouth); Saturday, Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m., at Wesley United Methodist Church (79 Clinton St., Concord); and Sunday, Dec. 10, at 4 p.m., at The Derryfield School (2108 River Road, Manchester). Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors 65+ and veterans and free for children age 12 and under. Visit nhgmc.com.
• Nashua Choral Society performs Handel’s Messiah on Sunday, Dec. 3, at 3 p.m., at Immaculate Conception Church (216 E. Dunstable Road). Visit nashuachoralsociety.org. 
• First Congregational Church (508 Union St., Manchester) presents its Christmas concert “Lessons and Carols” featuring Chancel Choir, Soloists and Sabbath Bells on Sunday, Dec. 3, from 4 to 7 p.m. Visit facebook.com/fccmanchester. 
• The Granite State Ringers handbell choir presents its Holiday Bronze Concert Series, with shows on Sunday, Dec. 3, at 4 p.m. at Tillotson Center (14 Carriage Lane, Colebrook) and Sunday, Dec. 17, at 3 p.m. at Pleasant View Retirement Center (227 Pleasant St., Concord). Visit granitestateringers.org. 
• Pelham’s own Hand Bell Choir will perform its annual holiday concert at Pelham Public Library (24 Village Green, Pelham) on Tuesday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. Visit pelhampubliclibrary.org. 
• Portsmouth Pro Musica presents “A Ceremony of Carols” with special guests the Sandpipers Seacoast Children’s Chorus on Friday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church (25 Third St., Dover) and Sunday, Dec. 10, at 3 p.m. at North Church (2 Congress St., Portsmouth). Tickets cost $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors in advance, $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors at the door. Visit portsmouthpromusica.org. 
• The Concord Chorale presents its holiday show “Behold, I Bring You Glad Tidings” on Friday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 10, at 3 p.m., at South Congregational Church (27 Pleasant St., Concord); and Saturday, Dec. 9, at 3 p.m., at Christ Church (43 Pine St., Exeter). Tickets cost $20 for adults, $15 for seniors 62+ and free for students. Visit concordchorale.org. 
• The Granite Statesmen barbershop chorus presents its annual Christmas Cabaret show on Saturday, Dec. 9, at 1 and 7 p.m., at Saint Joseph the Worker Church (777 W. Hollis St., Nashua). Tickets cost $5 to $7. Visit granitestatesmen.org. 
• Symphony New Hampshire presents its holiday pops concerts on Saturday, Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m., at the Keefe Center for the Arts (117 Elm St., Nashua) and Sunday, Dec. 10, at 3 p.m., at Concord City Auditorium (2 Prince St., Concord). Tickets cost $18 to $49 for adults, $18 to $44 for seniors, $10 for students and free for children. Visit symphonynh.org. 
• Granite State Choral Society presents “Sing the Joy, Ring the Season” featuring the Granite State Ringers on Saturday, Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m., at First Congregational Church (400 Main St., Farmington), and Sunday, Dec. 10, at 3 p.m., at First United Methodist Church (34 S. Main St., Rochester). Tickets cost $12. Visit gschoralsociety.org. 
• The Monadnock Chorus performs the Christmas Cantata “Sing Noel” by American composer Hal Hopson, featuring the Apple Hill String Quartet and the Hancock Village Ringers handbell choir on Saturday, Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 10, at 3 p.m., at the Peterborough Town House (1 Grove St., Peterborough). Tickets cost $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $5 for students. Visit monadnock-chorus.org. 
• The Lakes Region Symphony Orchestra performs its holiday pops concert featuring guest vocalist Seraphim Afflick on Saturday, Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 10, at 3 p.m., at the Inter-Lakes Community Auditorium (Route 25, Meredith). Tickets cost $20 for adults and $10 for students. Visit lrso.org.
• The Souhegan Valley Chorus performs its holiday concert “Christmas in the British Isles,” featuring holiday songs from Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales, on Sunday, Dec. 10, at 6 p.m. at Souhegan High School (412 Boston Post Road, Amherst). Tickets cost $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Visit souheganvalleychorus.org. 
• Solo pianist Jim Brickman stops at the Palace Theatre (80 Hanover St., Manchester) during his Joyful Christmas tour on Tuesday, Dec. 12, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $44.50 to $55.50. Visit palacetheatre.org. 
• The Boston Pops Holiday Concert comes to the SNHU Arena (555 Elm St., Manchester) on Saturday, Dec. 16, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $23 to $110. Visit snhuarena.com. 
• The Capital Jazz Orchestra performs its holiday pops featuring guest vocalists Patty Barkas, CJ Poole and Laura Daigle at the Capitol Center for the Arts (44 S. Main St., Concord) on Sunday, Dec. 17, at 4 p.m. Tickets cost $27.50 to $47.50. Visit ccanh.com. 
• The Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra presents its family pops show at The Music Hall Historic Theatre (28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth) on Wednesday, Dec. 20, and Thursday, Dec. 21, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $12 to $25 for adults, $12 for students and $22 for seniors. Visit themusichall.org. 





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