Austin Music Mama Special Holiday Concert Edition

Austin Music Mama Monthly Roundup Holiday Edition

We are taking a break from our usual monthly music roundup post to bring you a list of holiday concerts. Many are free, and you can bring your kids to almost all of them. Enjoy your holiday with some seasonal music!

December Music Roundup: Holiday Concert Edition

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12/2

The Austin Symphony once again presents its Christmas tradition, Handel’s Messiah, accompanied by Chorus Austin at Hyde Park Baptist Church. This night of musical magic will comfort you through its familiarity and fill you with the joy of rediscovery. Tickets start at $15.

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Ring in the holidays with seasonal music from the Arundel Ensemble String Quartet from 5-7pm at The Driskill Hotel. FREE.

12/4

Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to join a Christmas Sing-along with Maestro Peter Bay at Central Presbyterian Church. FREE.A pause from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, Caroling at Noon Concerts are half-hour programs held at St. David’s Episcopal Church with virtuosic music-making and audience-wide caroling feature different performers each week. Led by Kristin Jensen, the fifteen-member UT Bassoon Ensemble has performed to enthusiastic audiences at the Texas Music Educators Association conferences, and many middle and high schools. The group is recognized for its warm sound, rhythmic vitality, and appealing programing. FREE, but donations accepted. Complimentary parking is available in St. David’s garage at 8th and Trinity Streets. Each concert is followed by lunch ($9) at 12:30 p.m. at Cafe Divine in Sumners Hall. Regular and vegetarian entrees are available.

12/5

Starting at noon, the Austin Symphony continues its Christmas in the Community concerts with a string quartet at City Hall. FREE.

12/6

Starting at noon, the Austin Symphony continues its Christmas in the Community concerts with a string quartet at the Montopolis Recreation Center. FREE.Starting at noon, the Austin Symphony continues its Christmas in the Community concerts with a brass quintet at the Macy’s at Barton Creek Mall. FREE.A Charlie Brown Christmas: The Music of Vince Guaraldi brings to life all the music from the original TV holiday classic. The concert, which takes place at 3:30pm at the Paramount, features Michelle Schumann, piano, Utah Hamrick, bass, and David Sierra, drums, and presented by Austin Chamber Music Center. Tickets start at $20.The annual Holiday Sing-Along and Downtown Stroll is a FREE, family-friendly event that celebrates the arrival of the holiday season and the joy it brings. The evening starts at 6 p.m. when crowds gather on the south steps of the Capitol to sing the songs of the season during KUTX 98.9 “Eklektikos” host John Aielli’s Holiday Sing-Along. As the clock strikes 7 p.m., the countdown to the lighting of the Capitol Christmas tree begins, featuring a programmed light show at the top and bottom of every hour, set to holiday songs of local Austin musicians. From 7 to 9 p.m., Congress Ave. will be abuzz with holiday cheer during the Downtown Stroll. Shops, restaurants, galleries and museums will be open late and will feature special activities and offers. Additional Stroll activities include classic holiday cartoons, photos with Santa, live music, a special holiday Farmers’ Market with the Sustainable Food Center, and much more. Support fellow members of the community by bringing non-perishable food or cash donations to the Capitol Christmas tree for the Capital Area Food Bank.

12/6 & 12/7

The Engineering Chamber Orchestra, a student organization within the University of Texas, is holding its semiannual Concert Series, featuring over 30 chamber ensembles and a string orchestra. A total of four concerts will be held, with music ranging from Mozart to Beethoven to member-arranged pieces. Four performances take place in the Jessen Auditorium both Saturday and Sunday from 1-3pm and 4-6pm. Admission is FREE and light refreshments will be provided.

12/7

The Austin Saengerrunde presents its annual concert of German Christmas music at 2:30 pm. The concert will include selections sung by the women’s, men’s and mixed choirs. The FREE concert will be followed by a sing-along of traditional German Christmas music.The African Children’s Choir returns to Saint John’s for a concert celebrating the release of the group’s new CD collaboration with Austin musician Sara Hickman. The African Children’s Choir is composed of children ages 7 to 10. Many have lost one or both parents through the devastation of war, famine and disease.

12/9

Starting at 1pm, the Austin Symphony continues its Christmas in the Community concerts with a brass quintet at the Macy’s at the Domain. FREE.

12/10

Get in the spirit with First Austin’s premiere women’s ensemble, which performs from 6-7pm. FREE with free parking.Starting at 7pm, the Austin Symphony continues its Christmas in the Community concerts with a woodwind quartet at the Mexican American Cultural Center. FREE.

12/11

Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to listen to the Austin Handbell Ensemble at noon at Central Presbyterian Church. Family-friendly and FREE.A pause from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, Caroling at Noon Concerts are half-hour programs held at St. David’s Episcopal Church with virtuosic music-making and audience-wide caroling feature different performers each week. The Select Choir from St. Andrew’s Episcopal School (in Austin), under the direction of Michael Rosensteel, is an acclaimed high school chorus with a long-standing tradition of choral excellence. FREE, but donations accepted. Complimentary parking is available in St. David’s garage at 8th and Trinity Streets. Each concert is followed by lunch ($9) at 12:30 p.m. at Cafe Divine in Sumners Hall. Regular and vegetarian entrees are available.

12/13

Celebrate the holidays at the French Legation with an afternoon of music crafts and activities. The 3rd Annual Festival of Carols takes place from 1-5pm. FREE.

12/13 & 12/20

In Holiday Heroes, a fun holiday sing-along, students get into the holiday spirit with Ernie and Rufus at ZACH Theater. Tickets start at $20.

12/14

Anthropos Arts is hosting its annual student showcase at Emo’s where all 150 students in the program hone their skills in front of family, friends and mentors. This year’s “World Music Tour” event will include music from 4 continents around the world. Doors open at 4pm and the performance begins at 6pm. FREE.

12/15

Starting at 1pm, the Austin Symphony continues its Christmas in the Community concerts with a string quartet at the Wilhelmina Delco Center. FREE.

12/16

Enjoy Christmas music, cookie decorating, hot cocoa and beautiful trees at the Festival of Trees and Keys of Life Christmas Recital, taking place at the Carver Museum & Cultural Center from 4:30-7pm. FREE. RSVP to gaila.sims@austintexas.gov.The Austin Children’s Choir performance, entitled “Postcards: Stories of the Season”, will feature holiday and winter music from around the world in five different languages. The suggested donation for this 6:30pm concert at First Presbyterian Church is $10, and door prizes will be raffled ($2/ticket, 3 tickets/$5) to help fund scholarships and operating costs for the spring.

12/17

Starting at 6:30pm, the Austin Symphony continues its Christmas in the Community concerts with a brass quintet at the George Washington Carver Museum. FREE.

12/18

A pause from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, Caroling at Noon Concerts are half-hour programs held at St. David’s Episcopal Church with virtuosic music-making and audience-wide caroling feature different performers each week. This concert features sparkling motets for chamber choir. FREE, but donations accepted. Complimentary parking is available in St. David’s garage at 8th and Trinity Streets. Each concert is followed by lunch ($9) at 12:30 p.m. at Cafe Divine in Sumners Hall. Regular and vegetarian entrees are available.Starting at 1pm, the Austin Symphony continues its Christmas in the Community concerts with a string quartet at the Asian American Resource Center. FREE.

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra will wrap up the year by performing their rock opera, “The Christmas Attic”, live for the first time at the Frank Erwin Center, starting at 7:30pm. Tickets start at $42.

12/19

Starting at 10:30am, the Austin Symphony continues its Christmas in the Community concerts with a string quartet at the Gus Garcia Recreation Center. FREE.

Starting at 1pm, the Austin Symphony continues its Christmas in the Community concerts with a woodwind quintet at the Macy’s at Lakeline Mall. FREE.

12/19 & 12/20

Produced by Celtic Cultural Center of Texas, in the hall of one of Austin’s most historic Houses of Worship, St. Mary’s Cathedral, comes Celtic Christmas, a gathering every year at 7:30pm on two successive evenings featuring some of the city’s most honored vocalists including Brett Barnes, Danny Johnson, and Stephanie Prewitt led by award winning director Jeffrey Jones Ragona. Tickets are $30 plus a $2 PayPal fee.

12/21

Starting at noon, the Austin Symphony continues its Christmas in the Community concerts with a string quartet at the State Capitol. FREE.2014 is the 41st anniversary for TUBACHRISTMAS concerts/events, which are presented throughout the world. Watch a special tuba concert on the south steps of the Texas State Capitol Building, also at noon. FREE.

Duo Epsilon, a flute and classical guitarist duo, will be playing holiday favorites and favorite classical works by Astor Piazzolla and Mauro Giuliani at the Faulk Central Library from 3-4pm. FREE!

Have family in town for the holidays? Check out our list of ideas of things to do with out of town guests.

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A native Austinite and soccer-playing mom, Nicole uses her 10-year-old son as an excuse to rediscover her hometown through his eyes. In Thoreau's words, her mission is to "suck out all the marrow of life", or in her son's words, to cultivate in him a love of "advenchers".

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