Holiday events in the Kansas City area

11/20/2013 7:25 PM

11/20/2013 7:25 PM

In case you just can’t get enough holiday cheer, music and drama on television, you certainly can get your fill at live venues all over the area in the coming weeks.

From classical music to giant puppets, there is something for everyone.

Among the concert highlights are the Canadian Brass on Dec. 2 and the Texas Tenors with the Kansas City Symphony on Dec. 13, both at the Kauffman Center, and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra on Dec. 22 at the Sprint Center.

Of course, there are also the classics: “The Nutcracker” by Kansas City Ballet starting Dec. 7 and “A Christmas Carol” by Kansas City Repertory Theatre starting Nov. 22.

And Paul Mesner Puppets’ “The Nativity” will bring joy and big puppets to Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral on Dec. 13-15.

Music and dance

Trinity Chamber Artists, “Christ the King,” Nov. 23, Trinity Lutheran Church. Free. TLCMS.org

Kansas City Dance-Theatre Co., “The Nutcracker,” Nov. 24, Shawnee Mission West High School. KCDTC.org

The Mowgli’s, Beautiful Bodies, Royal Teeth, Making Movies and Rev Gusto, “Homegrown for the Holidays,” Nov. 27, Midland. Free with canned good or nonperishable food item. MidlandKC.com

Tribute to Trans-Siberian Orchestra presented by Denial 3 Ministries, Nov. 30, Liberty Performing Arts Theatre. $16-$26. LPAT.org

Kansas City Chorale, “A Classic Holiday,” Dec. 1, Rolling Hills Church; Dec. 8, Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral; and Dec. 10, Asbury Methodist Church. $10-$30. KCChorale.org

Holiday Choirs, Dec. 1-19, Crown Center Shops. Free. CrownCenter.com/choirs

Canadian Brass Holiday Concert with organist Douglas Reed, Dec. 2, Kauffman Center. $20-$65. HJSeries.org

KU Vespers on the Road, Dec. 6, Yardley Hall. Free; tickets required. jccc.edu/performing-arts-series

Heartland Men’s Chorus, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” Dec. 6-8, Folly Theater. $15-$67. HMCKC.org

Independence Messiah Choir and Kansas City Symphony and Chorus, Handel’s “Messiah,” Dec. 6-8, Kauffman Center. $22-$52. KCSymphony.org

TubaChristmas 2013, Dec. 6 and 9, Kauffman Center. Free; registration required. KCSymphony.org

Octarium holiday concert, Dec. 7, Powell Gardens. $5-$12. PowellGardens.org

Conservatory Choirs, “A Season for Giving,” Dec. 7, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Free. Conservatory.UMKC.edu

Jacomo Chorale, “A Christmas Celebration,” Dec. 7, Nativity of Mary Church. JacomoChorale.org

Liberty Symphony Orchestra, Simple Gifts Holiday Concert, Dec. 7, Liberty Performing Arts Theatre. $18. LibertySymphony.org

Kansas City Ballet, “The Nutcracker,” Dec. 7-24, Kauffman Center. $29-$119. KCBallet.org

Elisabeth Von Trapp with Alpine Brass, “The Sound of Christmas,” Dec. 7, Yardley Hall. $27-$80. JCCC.edu/TheSeries

Kansas City Chamber Orchestra, “A Baroque Holiday,” Dec. 10, Unity Temple on the Plaza. $17-$37. KCChamberOrchestra.org

Kansas City Jazz Orchestra with Kelley Hunt, Dec. 10, Kauffman Center. $40-$50. KauffmanCenter.org

Kansas City Symphony, “Classics Uncorked: Winter’s Gift,” Dec. 11, Kauffman Center. $25. KCSymphony.org

KU Chamber Singers, holiday concert, Dec. 12, Regnier Hall Auditorium. Free. EdwardsCampus.KU.edu

Texas Tenors with the Kansas City Symphony, Dec. 13, Kauffman Center. $52-$125. KCSymphony.org

Kansas City Civic Orchestra, “Sounds of the Season 1,” Dec. 13, Atonement Lutheran Church. Free. KCCivic.org

Kansas City Civic Orchestra, “Sounds of the Season 2,” Dec. 14, location TBA. Free. KCCivic.org

Turtle Island Quartet with vocalist Tierney Sutton, “A Solstice Celebration: The Festival of Lights,” Dec. 13, Lied Center. $11-$24. Lied.KU.edu

Tallis Scholars, holiday program, Dec. 13, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. $30. ChamberMusic.org

Kansas City Chorale, “A Family Christmas,” Dec. 14, St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church. $25-$30. KCChorale.org

Kansas City Women’s Chorus, “I’ll Be Home,” Dec. 14-15, Folly Theater. $22. FollyTheater.org

Sacred Arts Chorale from Central Baptist Theological Seminary, holiday concert, Dec. 14, Powell Gardens. $5-$12. PowellGardens.org

Central Standard men’s chorus, holiday concert, Dec. 15, Powell Gardens. $5-$12. PowellGardens.org

Mid America Freedom Band, “Holidays Around the World,” Dec. 15, Unity Temple on the Plaza. Name your price. FreedomBand.com

Kansas City Symphony with soprano Teresa Gomez, ReZound! Handbell Ensemble, Allegro children’s chorus and Kansas City Symphony Chorus, Christmas Festival, Dec. 19-22, Kauffman Center. $14-$72. KCSymphony.org

Owen/Cox Dance Group with the People’s Liberation Big Band of Greater Kansas City, “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King,” Dec. 21-22, Polsky Theater. $10-$20. JCCC.edu/TheSeries

St. Joseph Symphony, “Holiday Pops,” Dec. 21, Missouri Theater. $10-$43. SaintJosephSymphony.org

Trans-Siberian Orchestra, “Lost Christmas Eve,” Dec. 22, Sprint Center. $31-$70.50. SprintCenter.com

Village Choir, Village Orchestra and Village Voices Youth Choir, “Tidings of Joy,” Dec. 22, Village Presbyterian Church. Free. VillagePres.org

Spire Chamber Ensemble and Baroque Orchestra, Handel’s “Messiah,” Dec. 23, Kauffman Center. $15-$35. SpireChamberEnsemble.org Theater

“Christmas in Song.” Cabaret revue will mix popular, traditional, sacred and classical music. Nov. 21-Dec. 24, Quality Hill Playhouse. $29-$32. QualityHillPlayhouse.com

“Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some).” An acting troupe’s version of “A Christmas Carol” goes a bit awry. Nov. 22-Dec. 14, Paradise Playhouse Dinner Theatre, Excelsior Springs. $30-$32. ParadisePlayhouse.org

“Rudolph the Recycled Reindeer!” Environmentally friendly musical will feature honky-tonk piano music. Nov. 22-Jan. 1, Martin City Melodrama. $10.99-$13.99. MartinCityMelodrama.org

“A Christmas Carol.” Scrooge gets some face time with the ghosts of Christmases past, present and yet to come. Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Nov. 22-Dec. 26, Spencer Theatre. $29-$71. KCRep.org

“’Twas the Night Before Christmas.” A mouse, an elf and a little girl look for answers after Santa misses their house. Theatre for Young America, Nov. 26-Dec. 28, H Block City Stage. $9. TYA.org

“Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins.” Paul Mesner Puppets present their version of the children’s story. Nov. 29-Dec. 2, Lewis and Shirley White Theatre. $9-$15. JCCKC.org

“The Santaland Diaries.” Written by David Sedaris, this play explores his time playing an elf at Macy’s. Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Nov. 29-Dec. 22, Copaken Stage. $20-$60. KCRep.org

“Here We Come A-Caroling!” Guests will enjoy a Christmas sing-a-long. Nov. 30, Dec. 7 and 9, Quality Hill Playhouse. $24. QualityHillPlayhouse.com

Live Staged Reading of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” You can enjoy wine with your Scrooge. Nov. 30, Riverwood Winery. $14. RiverwoodWinery.com

“A Spectacular Christmas.” Revue, in its sixth year at the Crown Center theater, includes comedy and mix of holiday music. Dec. 5-22, Off Center Theatre. $10-$35. MTHKC.com

“Christmas Belles.” Three sisters rally to save the Christmas program in a small Texas town. Dec. 6-22, Olathe Community Theatre Association. $12-$17. OlatheTheatre.org

“A Christmas Story.” Ralphie is still trying to get his Red Ryder BB gun. Robidoux Resident Theatre, Dec. 13-15, Missouri Theater, St. Joseph. $10-$25. RRtStJoe.org

“The Nativity.” Mesner’s original theatrical event marks its 10th production. Paul Mesner Puppets, Dec. 13-15, Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral. $7-$16. PaulMesnerPuppets.org

“Storybook Christmas.” Puppets and holiday music? What’s not to like? Dec. 14, 21 and 28, Puppetry Arts Institute. $5. Hazelle.org

“Morris Finds Christmas.” A moose heads to the North Pole and finds a friend along the way. Dec. 18, Puppetry Arts Institute. $5. Hazelle.org

“Dickens Carolers Concert.” Singing group celebrating its 30th season performs in turn-of-the-century costumes. Dec. 20-22, Chestnut Fine Arts Center. $22-$25. ChestnutFineArts.com

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