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Making spirit's bright with local Holiday performances

11/14/2023 12:50PM ● By Haleigh Abbott

Nothing gets us into the Holiday spirit like live shows and holiday music. And since we can’t live inside of the movie White Christmas, we’ve went ahead and compiled a list of music ensembles and live performances for almost every day of the Holiday season to make our own musical.

Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center in West Chester has live performances and Films for $5 for every holiday taste. From youth concerts, to Holiday Rock Orchestras, or holiday movie favorites like Elf and Surviving Christmas, the rotating schedule makes more moves than your Elf on a Shelf!

Some of our favorite shows are listed below, and a full schedule can be found on their website here.

The Holiday Cheer Show, Dec 1st 5pm
Hear your old Holiday favorites as well as songs made famous by R&B and Pop Artists. Who will be entertaining you during this Highly Acclaimed Annual Event you ask?  None-other than the Future Stars of Broadway: Our Area Youth! The Holiday Cheer Concert will include students studying in our Uptown Singers, The Singing Artists, The Singing Academy and, last but certainly not least, our Broadway Kiddos.

Nefesh Mountain Holiday Show, Dec 14th, 7:30pm
Since their arrival on the scene in 2015, New York based progressive bluegrass band Nefesh Mountain has been hailed as one of today’s formative boundary-pushing groups in American roots music. Their latest album “Songs For the Sparrows” is a true testament to the unbridled imagination and extraordinary grace of their musicianship and creativity, featuring friends and heroes Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas and Bryan Sutton among others. The band, called “A master class in string music” by Rolling Stone, and “arguably some of the best bluegrass ever made” by American Songwriter, embodies the wild nature and unbridled free spirits of its members, bridging compositional prowess and prolific songwriting with deft and exciting instrumentals and jams.

The Cartoon Christmas Trio, Dec 19th, 6:30pm
Merry Christmas! Since its inception in 1995, The Cartoon Christmas Trio has been the premier interpreter of the classic soundtracks of holiday cartoon music, especially the music of “A Charlie Brown Christmas”.  Established solely for the purpose of capturing the nuances of the holiday music of Vince Guaraldi and his contemporaries, the trio maintains a vigorous December performance schedule.  They have performed at The Kimmel Center, The Milton Theater, The Philadelphia Art Museum, The Queen Theater, World Café Live!, Winterthur Museum, Reading Museum and have also been heard on NPR, ABC, and NBC. As often as possible, the trio adds the young voices of local children’s choirs to complete the sound of the original vision of the music from Charlie Brown. This wonderful addition makes for a truly enlightened evening of music. Joining the trio once again this year at The Uptown Theater will be the combined children’s choirs of Pocopson, Unionville, and Hillendale Elementary Schools under the direction of Steve and Eileen Jennings. In addition, our good friend and baritone Grant Youngblood hopes to join us to spread some low end “Grinchy “spirit!  The trio is comprised of Larry Marshall on drums, Jeff Knoettner on piano, and Rob Swanson on Double Bass. The members have over 100 combined years of performing and educational experience that they bring to every event, whether it be a concert or an education workshop for children. The trio looks forward to sharing this awesome music with you and yours!

A Dream Is A Wish Princess Holiday Concert, Dec 23, 1pm
The enchanting A Dream Is A Wish Princess Holiday Concert is returning to the Philadelphia area with new adventures of Holiday and Disney Classics. Come sing along to all your favorite songs such as Let It Go, Rudolph, Part of That World, Jingle Bells, Something There, A Whole New World, I’m Almost There, How Far I’ll Go, When Will My Life Begin, and many more...You will be tapping and singing along as we take you through a magical Holiday journey, and you’ll even get to meet some of your favorite princesses!!! The show features a one-hour post show meet & greet with the cast. Kids can also leave a message for a princess. Every message will get an email response from that princess!

The Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington will be presenting  the Pyxis Piano Trio for their 15th and final season as the museum’s resident classic ensemble on December 6th at 7pm. Since 2009, Pyxis has delivered inspiring chamber music in conversation with the Museum’s extraordinary visual art. From their very first concerts, the group has uplifted and delighted audiences, and these concerts again feature the artistry of Luigi Mazzocchi (violin), Jennifer Jie Jin (cello), and Hiroko Yamazaki (piano). Pyxis plays holiday favorites, including a solo violin treat and selections from Tchaikovsky’s "The Nutcracker".

Laird Performing Arts Center, Tatnall School in Wilmington will be performing Snow Queen, the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale that inspired Frozen on December 9th and 10th with multiple show times. You will get lost in the challenges Gerda faces. Kai, her dearest friend, is ensnared by the Snow Queen when a fractured fragment of her enchanted looking-glass plummeted to the ground, plunging his heart into icy captivity. Gerda embarks on a voyage through forests and enchanted gardens and gets help from Princesses, Gypsies, and Guardian Angels. She follows her heart to save her friend and change the heart of the Snow Queen herself. A Holiday Tradition in Wilmington since 2012 presented by Delaware Arts Conservatory.

A Christmas Carol Comedy is back by popular demand at the Hedgerow Theatre in Media, running multiple shows weekly November 22nd - December 24th. A fun and festive adaptation features two-actors as Scrooge and "everybody else." A celebratory spectacle for all ages that bursts to life and is sure to make spirits bright. Check the event page for special performance nights including opening night, live music performance nights, PRIDE night,  and ASL interpreted performance nights.

Christmas in Perfect Harmony offers an original concert experience that is sure to be an unforgettable part of your holiday season! Half-part musical theater nostalgia, half-part take it to church worship concert, Perfect Harmony sings stunning original arrangements of favorite holiday classics in (of course) three-part PERFECT HARMONY. Performances will run December 16th and 17th at The Barn at Paradise Station in Ronks, PA. Purchase tickets and see full details and their event site.