Yuletide Carols

Do you have a favorite Christmas carol or holiday song, one that always brings a smile to your face or makes your eyes shine with joy?  The music of the season is all around us, with concerts and caroling in Bristol and Warren from now ’til New Years Day!

This evening the whole family can head over to Christmas at Blithewold in Bristol for their popular Santa Sing-Along, and enjoy the cookies & cocoa along with the caroling.  ‘Guests’ from Kaleidoscope Children’s Theatre will be on hand to entertain you, and we hear even Santa himself is on the invitation list!  There is an extra fee (on top of regular admission) for this special hour-long program, which starts at 6pm on Thursday, December 1st (and again on Thursday, December 8th).  Visit their website for more information.

If you’re lucky enough to have a ticket to Linden Place’s SOLD OUT Holiday Concert this Friday evening, please don’t rub it in!  Singer/pianist Michael DiMucci will entertain concertgoers with classical numbers and Christmas standards in the Ballroom at Linden Place in Bristol at 7:30pm on Friday, December 2nd.

Once we’ve stopped kicking ourselves for not buying our concert tickets before they sold out, we can head over to the Warren Wonderland (starting at 5pm on Friday, December 2nd) to enjoy the holiday music AND a great chance to support our local stores and restaurants!  Even if we are secretly hoping to win that raffle basket full of gift certificates (visit Discover Warren’s Facebook page to see what’s making that basket so enticing!).

And lucky for us tickets are available at the door for the Bristol County Chorus’ annual “Many Moods of Christmas” concert this Saturday, December 3rd at 7pm and Sunday, December 4th at 3pm at St. Mary’s Church in Bristol.  Though, we might want to play it safe and buy our tickets for this popular concert in advance at Paper, Packaging & Panache in Bristol or the George Hail Free Library in Warren.

The music begins shortly after 4pm on Sunday, December 4th as part of Bristol’s annual Christmas Festival, with performances by Rhythm Quest Percussion and First Time Around in front of the Burnside Building on Hope Street.  Then there will be a caroling performance by the Mt. Hope High School Choir, and just before the Grand Illumination the Guiteras School Chorus and the Rockwell School Chorus will lead the crowd in a sing-along of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”.

Next weekend the Community Concert Series @ St. Michael’s hosts a holiday concert, “Both Sides of the Pond: Christmas Music of England and America”, presented by the Greater Tiverton Chorus on Friday, December 9th at 7:30pm at St. Michael’s Church in Bristol.  This intriguing musical event just might introduce us to some new favorite songs to add to our holiday playlists!

Friday, December 9th is also the annual Christmas Jam Open Mic Night at The Coffee Depot in Warren!  The fun starts at around 7pm and ends around 10pm.

Roger Williams University Instrumental Ensemble will perform on Monday, December 12th at 7:30pm in the Barn/Performing Arts Center.  This all-campus concert band includes faculty, staff, and alumni as well as undergraduates from the Music Department and student musicians from across  campus. In addition to an eclectic program of classical and popular music, this free performance will feature numbers by the Treble Makers jazz combo and the RWU Brass Quintet.

Then on Wednesday, December 14th at 7:30pm the RWU Chorus will perform in the Barn/Performing Arts Center.  This concert marks the debut of the university’s new Chorus Director, Jonathan Richter.  Come hear his first program at RWU, chosen both to show off the students’ talents and to provide an entertaining evening of listening.  Not sure if either of these are purely holiday concerts but you can click here for more details.

Our Kickemuit Middle School singers and musicians are steadfastly rehearsing for their upcoming holiday concerts, and in no time at all they’ll be taking the stage to present the KMS Chorus Holiday Concert on Wednesday, December 14th at 7pm and the KMS Band Holiday Concert on Thursday, December 15th at 7pm.

And as a special musical treat this year, the Kickemuit Middle School 8th Grade Band will perform in the rotunda of the Rhode Island State House on Tuesday, December 20 at 11am.  This performance is part of the State House Holiday Concert Series sponsored by the RI State Council on the Arts.  From the governor’s letter to KMS,

“These holiday concerts… are an excellent opportunity for [our] students to share their musical abilities and demonstrate the wealth of artistic talent we have here in the Ocean State.  I hope you will attend and support their efforts, and encourage others to take a moment out of their day to cheer these talented students.”

We can’t think of a better way to break up a busy workday than to spend some time listening to the joy and dedication shine through as our young teens sing together in this magnificent setting, ‘Holiday’ tree and all 😉

Our elementary school children will get their turn to shine on Thursday, December 22nd at 7pm when the combined choruses of Colt Andrews and Rockwell Schools present a holiday concert in the Colt Andrews School Auditorium. Included will be the premiere performance of a new select singing group of fourteen; “The Colt Andrews Singers”.

And rounding out the musical offerings this holiday season is the annual Christmas at Blithewold celebration, which includes holiday workshops, family events, and more, along with a full lineup of musical performances:

Saturday, Nov. 26th @6:30pm – Take 4, a quartet                                                                Sunday, Nov.27th @3pm – Enigmatica, a mandolin octet                                               Saturday, Dec. 3rd @6:30pm – Hawkward, an a cappella group                                        Sunday, Dec. 4th @3pm – Make We Music, a vocal ensemble                                              Saturday, Dec. 10th @6:30pm – Michelle Cruz, jazz vocalist                                               Sunday, Dec. 11th @3pm – Mary Jane Tyszkowski, pianist                                               Saturday, Dec. 17th @6:30pm – Nancy Hood, mezzo-soprano                                          Sunday, Dec. 18th @3pm – The Strays                                                                                        Thursday, Dec. 22nd @6:30pm – John Leonard                                                         Thursday, Dec. 29th @6:30pm – Classic Winds, a woodwind quintet                           Sunday, Jan. 1st @3pm – Jaime James Duo

whew, that’s a lot!  I’m reminded why I haven’t yet found a calendar app I like!  Ah, well, fa-la-la-la-la…

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