Get Your Holiday Music Fix

Posted on December 4, 2014 by


Snowflake lights are hung on lampposts all over town, and that can mean only one thing: the holiday season has arrived! Cville-ians are bustling about, buying gifts and hosting parties at home, but our town’s music scene is still going strong. Here’s a roundup of some of the holiday music events happening in town over the next few weeks. From choral concerts to holiday rock, from singalongs to opera and the Lighting of the Lawn, this list has a little something for everyone.

Anatomy of Frank Holiday Concert | Thur 12.4 @ 7 pm

Anatomy of FrankThe Anatomy of Frank are playing their last hometown show of the year at Sidetracks Music. Only 50 spots available for this standing room only event. Your ticket gets you into the show plus a little Holiday extra: a voucher for part of a purchase at the music shop.

Thurs., Dec. 4  // 7:00 pm // Sidetracks Music // Tickets: $8


The Lighting of the Lawn | Thur 12.4 @ 7 pm


Lights? A cappella? Warm and fuzzy feelings? The Lighting of the Lawn has ’em all. Gather friends and family together and head to the Lawn for U.Va.’s 14th annual celebration of community and kindness. The Rotunda is under construction this year, so things will go a bit differently, but you can still ooh and aah over the beauty of the Academical Village draped in seasonal lights, and sing along while U.Va.’s various a cappella groups perform holiday classics old and new.

Thurs., Dec. 4 // 7-10:00 pm // The Lawn, U.Va.’s Academical Village // FREE


The Garage Carol Sing | Fri 12.5 @ 7:30 pm

Gather ’round at The Garage for some carols to celebrate the holiday season. After we cozy up and warm up the ‘ole vocal chords, our caroling selves will walk over to some local spots on the downtown mall (restaurants, bars, etc.) to spread the cheer, as is the caroling tradition. All are welcome. Dress warm. Hot chocolate served. Bring your instruments (if you have one.) Invite your friends. Don’t be shy.

And make sure to stop by The Haven Art Auction beforehand!

Fri., Dec. 5 // 7:30- 9:30 pm // The Garage (across from Lee Park) // FREE


Charlottesville’s Christmas Songbook CD Release Party | Sat 12.6 @ 3 pm

SongbookFourteen of Cville’s most notable acts got together to record Charlottesville’s Christmas Songbook— the CD features Erin Lunsford singing “White Christmas,” Jon Kelly performing “O Holy Night,” and many more. They’ll gather at Threepeny Cafe on West Main for an album release party. Can’t wait til Saturday? Have a listen now.

CDs will be sold for $15 at the release party. Proceeds from album sales help support WNRN and the Charlottesville Free Clinic.

Sat., Dec. 6 // 3:00 pm // Threepenny Cafe, 420 West Main Street // FREE


Charlottesville & University Symphony Orchestra Family Holiday Concert | Sat 12.6 @ 8:30 pm & Sun 12.7 @ 7:30 pm

Concertgoers young and old, naughty and nice will be delighted by orchestra’s holiday program. The orchestra, joined by the University Singers, will play “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus and more. For the younger crowd (and the young at heart), the program includes a suite from The Polar Express and a rendition of “The Twelve Days of Christmas” that relies on audience participation and promises a lot of laughs.

Sat., Dec. 6, 8:30 pm & Sun., Dec. 7, 3:30 pm // Old Cabell Hall at U.Va. // Tickets: $10-$45


Messiah Sing-In | Tues 12.9 @ 8 pm

Singers, here’s another one for you. Head over to U.Va.’s Old Cabell Hall to participate in one of Cville’s longest-standing holiday traditions, the 46th annual Messiah Sing-In. Each year, the concert brings the Charlottesville and University communities together in the spirit of the season. Sing-in participants– vocal score copies will be available– will sit in sections and are arranged according to vocal part; the orchestra will sit on stage. Non-singers are welcome too, and will listen from the lodge and the balcony.

Tues., Dec. 9 // 8-10:00 pm // Old Cabell Auditorium, Old Cabell Hall, U.Va. // Tickets: $5-$10


A Christmas Carol | Tues 12.9 @ 7:30 pm

This adaptation of A Christmas Carol by the Nebraska Theatre Caravan is not to be missed. The performance, which weaves traditional Christmas carols into Dickens’s narrative, is performed for more than 100,000 people in more than 60 cities across the country each year and is likely the most widely produced production of Dickens’ story in the nation.

Tues., Dec. 9 // 7:30 pm // The Paramount Theater // Tickets: $19.50-$39.50


Jim Brickman: On A Winter’s Night | Wed 12.10 @ 7:30 pm

Grammy-nominated crooner Jim Brickman brings his crowd-pleasing, one-of-a-kind holiday concert to the Paramount, promising to sing new music and holiday favorites.

Wed., Dec. 10, 7:30 pm // The Paramount Theater // Tickets: $30-$50


In dulci jubilo: A German Baroque Christmas | Fri 12.12 @ 8 pm & Sat 12.13 @ 3:30 pm

ZephyrusIf choral music is your thing, join vocal ensemble Zephyrus and a variety of guest instrumentalists for a concert featuring the works of J.L. Bach, Senfl, Prateorius, and Hassler. Tickets are available at Greenberry’s (Barracks Road) and New Dominion Books, as well as from any Zephyrus member. They may also be purchased at the door.

Fri., December 12, 2014 // 8:00 pm // St. Paul’s Memorial Church, 1700 University Avenue, Charlottesville, Virginia


Sat., December 13, 2014 // 3:30 pm // St. Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 7599 Rockfish Gap Turnpike (Rt. 250 West), Greenwood, Virginia

Tickets: $5-$20


A Very Love and Mercy Christmas CD Release Show | Fri 12.12 @ 7 pm

LoveAndMercyChristmasCome one, come all to A Very Love and Mercy Christmas CD release show! Sam Bush and Kathryn Caine, along with producer Colin Killalea and an all-star cast of musicians, have put together a Christmas album that will put the feeling back in your toes and the Christmas spirit back in your heart. Come for the old classics like “O Holy Night” and “Joy to the World” and stay for new originals like “Christmas Is Alright” and “Ring The Bell.” Whatever your holiday playlist fancies, there’s something for you. All proceeds go to The Haiti Mission, so consider buying a copy or two for you and your loved ones.

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Fri., Dec. 12 // 7:00 pm // Christ Episcopal Church Charlottesville, 120 W. High Street // Ticket and CD: $10, Additional CDs: $15


Ash Lawn Opera Presents: Amahl and the Night Visitors | Sat 12.13 @ 4:30 & 7 pm

This holiday opera favorite returns to the Paramount Theater to enchant audiences once again. Amahl and the Night Visitors, a story told in English over the course of an hour, will feature principal singers from the Washington National Opera, dancers from the Wilson School of Dance and a professional orchestra, all conducted by Kate Tamarkin.

Sat., Dec. 13 // 4:30 pm and 7:00 pm // The Paramount Theater // Tickets: $12-$45


The Ugly Holiday Sweater Party | Fri 12.19 @ 8 pm

No office holiday party to attend? You’re in luck– 106.1 The Corner and the Jefferson Theater partner up for an ugly sweater holiday party benefitting the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. The Lone Rangers will provide the music as guests rock their tackiest holiday sweaters (sequins and appliques, anyone?) and nosh on snacks compliments of The Local Restaurant & Catering.

Fri., Dec. 19 // 8:00 pm doors/ 9:00 pm show // The Jefferson Theater // $5/ticket ($1 to benefit the BRAFB)


Sarah White and Sian Richards Present: The Country Christmas Show | Sun 12.21 @ 7 pm

The Country Christmas Show

The Country Christmas Show

The Southern’s Country Christmas Show is a downtown family tradition. Hosted by the (All New) Acorn Sisters (Sarah White and Sian Richards) who channel the Carter Family in glittery angel wings and anchored by the honest country sound of Jim Waive & the Young Divorcees, the show promises more down home country music than you can shake a stick at, plus more twinkly lights than this side of Belmont on a cold winter’s night. As always, a portion of the proceeds benefit the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank and canned food donations are accepted at the door. Special guests and party favors to be announced.

Sun., Dec. 21 // 7:o0 pm doors/7:30 show // The Southern Cafe & Music Hall // Tickets: $12 in advance/ $14 at the door


Sons of Bill and Friends Christmas Party | Tues 12.23 @ 730 pm

SonsOfBillAndFriendsAfter a nine week headlining tour across the U.S., hometown band Sons of Bill returns to Charlottesville December 23 to host their annual Christmas Party, a rock show benefit featuring a variety of friends from the local music community. Join the band for a celebration of the critically acclaimed fourth studio album, Love and Logic, and do a little good for the community– $1 from each ticket sale will be donated to Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry, which provides groceries at no cost to low-income families within and around the Charlottesville community.

Tues., Dec. 23 // 7:30 pm doors/ 8:30 show // The Jefferson Theater // Tickets: $16 advance/$18 day of show



Want more? Head to Sidetracks and Melody Supreme to pick up some tunes for your wintery gatherings (my personal favorite: The Vince Guaraldi Trio’s soundtrack to A Charlie Brown Christmas). There’s nothing quite as warm as the sound of the stereo in the background while you greet your loved ones, bake cookies, and exchange gifts.

Holiday movies more your thing? Check out The Paramount’s film screenings.

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