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Last call for live Christmas music

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December 12, 2022

This is a busy week if you love to hear live Christmas concerts. Most groups clear their calendar for the week of Christmas Day, so get out and enjoy the music before all the orchestras take their holiday vacations.

  • Rejoice greatly with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and The Singers collaborating to end their holiday season with Handel’s Messiah, Dec. 15-18 at the gorgeous Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis and then back home in St. Paul at the Ordway.

  • When was the last time you heard Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite on a recording, much less live? The La Crosse Symphony includes it in An American Christmas, Friday and Saturday in La Crosse.

  • You might hear Howard Blake’s magical score to the classic holiday movie The Snowman every year. Still, the Mankato Symphony plays it live with a film screening this Sunday afternoon, along with music from The Polar Express and other holiday classics.

Bring a friend, and give the gift of live classical music!