Our big list of classical holiday concerts

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The Invincible Czars

Perhaps no other time of the year keeps the classical segment of the self-proclaimed “Live Music Capital of the World” as busy as the holiday season.

DEC. 4

UT’s Holiday Choral Concert. The combined choirs of the University of Texas’ Butler School of Music sing a holiday-inspired repertoire. 7:30 p.m. Bates Recital Hall, Music Building, 2406 Robert Dedman Drive. $10-$20. music.utexas.edu

DEC. 5

“A Charlie Brown Christmas: the Music of Vince Guaraldi” at Stateside at the Paramount. Pianist Michelle Schumann, bassist Utah Hamrick and drummer David Sierra team up to magically fill out Charlie Brown’s forlorn tree with Guaraldi’s memorable tunes. $22-$37, 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m, austintheatre.org

Michelle Schumann, Utah Hamrick, David Sierra

Michelle Schumann, Utah Hamrick, David Sierra

“Sing-It-Yourself ‘Messiah.’” Celebrate your inner singer with Chorus Austin’s invitation to join them in Handel’s masterpiece. 2 p.m. St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 8134 Mesa Drive. $15-$25. 512-719-3300. chorusaustin.org

DEC. 6

“Holiday Concert.” Soprano Priscilla Santana and baritone David Small are the featured soloists in a holiday concert presented by the Georgetown Symphony Society. 4 p.m. Sunday. Klett Center for the Performing Arts, Georgetown High School, 2211 N. Austin Ave., Georgetown. $5-$30. 512-864-9591. gsstx.org

DEC. 7

Conspirare Christmas at Long Center. The Grammy-winning choral ensemble’s program is one of the city’s most cherished holiday events. Counertenor Matt Alber, formerly of the group Chanticleer, joins them as a special guest. $20-$75, 8 p.m., thelongcenter.org

DEC. 11-13

“An Early Christmas.” Texas Early Music Project performs festive 13th- to 17th-century carols and lullabies from Italy, Spain, France, Germany and the British Isles for solo voices, small chorus, harp, violin and continuo. 8 p.m. Dec. 11-12 at First English Lutheran Church, 3001 Whitis Ave. 3 p.m. Dec. 13 at First Presbyterian Church, 8001 Mesa Dr. $25-$30. 512-377-6961. early-music.org

DEC. 12

“Happy Holidays.” Austin Civic Orchestra’s family-friendly concert feature’s Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite” as well as popular carols. 7:30 p.m. St. Andrew’s Episcopal Upper School, 5901 Southwest Parkway. $10-$12; children younger than 18 free. 512-200-2261, austincivicorchestra.org

DEC. 17

The Invincible Czars

The Invincible Czars

“Rocking Holiday Extravaganza” and Conspirare’s “The Big Sing: Winter Holidays” free concert at the Blanton Museum. First, out-of-the-box vocal ensemble Texas Choral Consort teams up with rock innovators the Invincible Czars for an early evening free concert of electrified mashups of holiday music and amped-up sing-along classics in the Blanton’s soaring two-story atrium. Then Grammy-winning chorus Conspirare invites you to sing holiday songs along with them. 5:30 p.m. Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. blantonmuseum.org

DEC 17-18

“Gloria in excelsis Deo: An Angelic Christmas.” The eight elite vocalists of Ensemble VIII perform traditional carols and chorales. 7:30 p.m. St. Louis Catholic Church Chapel, 7601 Burnet Road. $10-$45. ensembleviii.org

DEC. 18-19

“A Cool Yule: A Swinging Holiday Cabaret” is TexArts intimate evening of holiday songs by Andy Williams, Frank Sinatra, Sugarland, Brian Setzer, Peggy Lee and others. 7:30 p.m. TexArts, 2300 Lohman’s Spur. $30-$40. 512-852-9079, tex-arts.org

DEC. 19

“A Child’s Christmas in Wales” at First Presbyterian Church. Local jazz mainstays Alex Coke, Suzi Stern, Rich Harney and Evan Arredondo set Dylan Thomas’ seasonal short story to music. $5-$15, 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., fpcaustin.org.

“On A Winter’s Eve.” Chorus Austin’s family-friendly concert is filled new and traditional carols as well as audience sing-alongs. 4 p.m. St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 8134 Mesa Dr.$15-$25. 512-719-3300. chorusaustin.org


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