Celebrate the holidays with these 5 events
Enjoy Christmas concerts, an art exhibit and more
A Madison Symphony Christmas
The holiday spirit is amped up to a new level as the Madison Youth Choirs, Mount Zion Gospel Choir and Madison Symphony Chorus sing at Overture Center with the Madison Symphony Orchestra. Soprano Emily Pogorelc, a Milwaukee native, and tenor Eric Barry are guest artists. MSO conductor John DeMain will don his Santa hat and encourage his musicians to add hats or reindeer antlers to their concert apparel, too. Arrive 45 minutes before the concert to sing Christmas carols in the lobby with the Madison Symphony Chorus.
Christmas with Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith
The yuletide season is a special one for Grammy Award winners Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith, who have released at least four Christmas albums each during their illustrious careers. The longtime friends will likely sing tunes from Grant’s 2016 disc “Tennessee Christmas” when they take the stage on Dec. 9 at the Alliant Energy Center. The chemistry between the singers will be obvious–they’ve sung together for decades. “Music brings people together and the ultimate goal of this is for us to have a shared experience,” Grant told WFTS-TV in Tampa, Florida. Grant and Smith will be backed by the Madison Symphony Orchestra, and Jordan Smith, season 9 winner of “The Voice,” also will sing a collection of holiday songs.
A Christmas Carol
Conjuring the spirits of the season once again, “A Christmas Carol” receives its 39th staging by The Children’s Theater of Madison, meeting the demand of a community that adores the Charles Dickens story. “An event of live theater feels celebratory and joyous,” says CTM artistic director Roseann Sheridan. American Players Theatre actor David Daniel (pictured above, center) plays the role of Ebenezer Scrooge for a second straight year in the adaptation by Colleen Madden. A narrator allows characters to talk directly to the audience using Dickens’ own words. Performances will be held Dec. 9-10, 16-17 and 22-23 at in Overture Center’s Capitol Theater.
Dec. 9-10, 16-17, 23-24, 26
Madison Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker” is a treat for the eyes and ears, with simulated snow, a 25-foot Christmas tree, gorgeous costumes and the opulent Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky score presented by the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and conductor Andrew Sewell. Madison Ballet artistic director W. Earle Smith will put a fresh spin on the ballet with some new, energetic choreography. The classic tale of Clara and her nutcracker prince will draw the entire audience into a magical world in Overture Hall at Overture Center.
Through April 27, 2018
Tucked inside the UW Hospital and Clinics Recruitment building at 800 University Bay Drive, Gallery 800 UBD has made its mark by spotlighting Madison-area artists. Contemporary painter Kobe Jackson, a former Village of Shorewood Hills resident, has 60 small- and large-scale pieces on display at the corner of University Bay Drive and Marshall Court. Curator Joyce Bromley picked Jackson’s artwork–some inspired by trips to Israel and California–because of its eclectic, elegant nature. “Some of the colors have very broad brush-strokes–vivid colors that you have to look [at] for a while before the colors stop bouncing around, and look to find out what the exact blend is,” Bromley says of Jackson’s artwork. The exhibits at Gallery 800 UBD, designed by Paul Lenhart of Krupp General Contractors, change twice per year, with photography exhibits opening in the spring and nonreproducible works in the fall.
Tamira Madsen is a Madison-based writer.
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