Sounds of the Season: 2019 Holiday Concerts

For most of us the holidays are magical because they are so musical. Buffalo offers music lovers ample opportunity to experience the sounds of the season live and in person in the month between Thanksgiving and Christmas and this year is no exception. There’s an impressive line-up of rock, jazz, classical and choral concerts that should keep you in the holiday spirit all the year through.

Holiday Live at Larkin – Photo courtesy of Larkin Square

1. M&T Bank Holiday Music Under the Dome (Dec. 3-6, 9-14, M&T Gold Dome Bank, 1 Fountain Plaza, Buffalo) – A holiday tradition in Downtown Buffalo, M&T Bank’s Holiday Music Under the Dome returns during your weekday lunch hour. Talented musicians from Buffalo schools, vocal groups and even the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (Saturday, Dec. 14, 1pm-2pm) will be ringing in holiday cheer throughout December. Just look for the Gold Dome!

2. Holiday Live at Larkin (Dec. 6) – Come for Buffalo’s fleet of food trucks at Buffalo’s Larkin Square, stay for the holiday tunes.

3. Vocalis (Dec. 6, St. Peter & Paul Church, Williamsville; Dec. 7, Karpeles Manuscript Museum, Buffalo) – Breathtakingly beautiful acapella arrangements of choral classics, overlooked repertoire and holiday standards.

4. Charlie Brown is in Town with Ed Croft (Dec. 6-7, Pausa Art House, Buffalo) – The jazz Christmas classic by the Vince Guaraldi Trio will be brought to life in the cozy confines of Allentown’s Pausa Art House.

5. “Carols New and Old” presented by the Buffalo Choral Arts Society (Dec. 6, St. Amelia’s Church, Tonawanda; Dec. 8, St. Jospeh’s Cathedral, Buffalo) – This community choir presents its annual Christmas concerts at churches throughout the region.

Classical Christmas – Photo courtesy of Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

6. Peter White Christmas (Dec. 6, Rockwell Hall, Buffalo State College, Buffalo) – Contemporary jazz lovers eagerly await this annual fun filled concert, which has packed fans into halls and arenas coast-to-coast year after year.

7. “The Nutcracker” performed by American Academy of Ballet at the University at Buffalo’s Center for the Arts (Dec. 7) – This perennial family favorite makes a return visit to UB.

8. Buffalo Gay Men’s Chorus (Dec. 7, North Presbyterian Church, Williamsville; Dec. 8, Unitarian Universalist Church, Buffalo; Dec. 13, Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, Orchard Park) – This much-loved choral group brings its good cheer to three beautiful churches.

9. Bill Kirchen & Too Much Fun Honky Tonk Holiday Show (Dec. 8, Sportsmen’s Tavern, Buffalo) – Bill Kirchen cut his considerable chops with Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen back in the day and is still on the road bringing the twang ‘n’ roll to roadhouses like the Sportsmen’s.

East Aurora Carolcade – Photo courtesy of the EA Chamber of Commerce

10. Home Alone: Film with Live Orchestra (Dec. 11, Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo) – The BPO performs John Williams’ majestic score live to film in this madcap, family-friendly holiday favorite, as an 8-year-old boy whose family leaves without him for Christmas vacation must defend his home against two bungling thieves.

11. BPO: JoAnn’s Classical Christmas (Dec. 13-14, Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo) – The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Philharmonic Chorus treat listeners to an array of holiday favorites in the incomparable surroundings of Kleinhans Music Hall.

12. Musicians of Buffalo 2019 Christmas Event (Dec. 14, Tralf Music Hall, Buffalo) – A Music is Art charity event featuring Billy Sheehan, Jessie Galante, and Bobby Lebel. Guests include Miller and The Other Sinners, George Puleo, Mike Caputy, Michael Hund, Phil Naro, Sue Kincaid, Phil Sims MOB Horns.

13. “Christmas with Harmonia” presented by the Harmonia Chamber Singers (Dec. 14, Our Lady of Pompeii Church, Lancaster; Dec. 15, St. Peter and Paul RC Church, Williamsville; Dec. 21, St. Joseph University Church, Buffalo) – Another opportunity to sample Buffalo’s wealth of acapella talent.

“The Nutcracker” – Photo courtesy of American Academy of Ballet

14. BPO Jingle Bell Jam (Dec. 15, Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo) – The BPO’s annual kids’ concert ends on a very high note with milk and cookies and an appearance by Santa Claus.

15. John Morris Russell’s Holiday Pops (Dec. 19-22, Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo) – John Morris Russell, the BPO’s Pops Conductor, leads this stellar ensemble in an always entertaining celebration of holiday standards.

16. East Aurora Carolcade (Dec. 21, Main Street, East Aurora) – For the past 47 years, the people of East Aurora have been gathering in front of Vidler’s 5&10 to sing the season in. Bob Cratchit and George Bailey would be right at home among this friendly crowd of well-wishers.