While the pandemic canceled a number of in-person holiday concerts this year, there are a lot of virtual events happening this weekend and through next week. They include classical shows from the Colorado Symphony, Denver Philharmonic and Kantorei, jazz from Annie Booth and Purnell Steen, and more.
Denver Philharmonic Orchestra
Saturday, December 19, 4 p.m.
"Home for the Holidays" is a festive variety hour showcasing live performances by DPO musicians, including a not-to-be-missed Holly Jolly Singalong.
Annie Booth Trio
Saturday, December 19, and Wednesday, December 23, 7 p.m.
Dazzle presents jazz pianist Annie Booth playing music from Vince Guaraldi's soundtrack to A Charlie Brown Christmas along with other Christmas classics, reimagined and energized. Booth, who's played the cherished holiday album at Dazzle for the past six years, will be joined by bassist Patrick McDevitt and drummer Alejandro Castaño.
Purnell Steen and Le Jazz Machine
Saturday, December 19, 7 p.m.
$20 suggested donation
Pianist Purnell Steen, a mainstay on Denver's jazz scene for the past 25 years, and his group present their annual Cool Yule, 5 Points Style show streamed live from Muse Performance Space in Lafayette.
St. Martin's Chamber Choir
Saturday, December 19, 7:30 p.m.
St. Martin Chamber Choir's holiday performance of Benjamin Britten’s “Ceremony of Carols” for voices and harp will be the centerpiece of a concert featuring the best of “Olde English” yuletide cheer.
A Classical Holiday
Sunday, December 20, 7 p.m.
This live-stream program of holiday favorites will be performed by a string quartet led by the Colorado Symphony's Phillip Stevens; it includes the concert commentary of host Betsy Schwarm.
Holiday Sing-Along With Citrus
Sunday, December 20, 4 p.m.
Swallow Hill instructor Chris "Citrus" Sauthoff shares some of his favorite holiday songs in this live stream sponsored by Developmental Pathways, a nonprofit serving individuals with developmental disabilities/delays and their families in southeast Denver.
Rufus, Martha & Lucy Wainwright
Sunday, December 20, 1 p.m.
Rufus, Martha and Lucy Wainwright present A Not So Silent Night: Virtually Together, from their living rooms in Los Angeles, Montreal and New York. Rufus and Martha Wainwright, the offspring of Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, and half-sister Lucy (whose mother is Suzzy Roche) will be joined by aunts, mothers, fathers, nieces, cousins, sons and daughters of the acclaimed musical groupings of the Wainwright, McGarrigle and Roche clans.
Blind Boys of Alabama
Wednesday, December 23, 7 p.m.
For this special holiday streaming show, the Blind Boys of Alabama will play songs from their 2014 Talkin’ Christmas! album as well as the band's previous Grammy-winning Christmas recording, Go Tell It on the Mountain, along with Blind Boys gospel classics and other gems from their seventy-plus-year career.
Theatre Aspen Holiday Cabaret
Wednesday, December 23, 6 p.m.
Celebrate the best of Broadway with performances around the piano, brimming with holiday cheer.
A Kantorei Christmas
Thursday, December 24, 9 p.m.
Rocky Mountain PBS (Channel 6 for most areas)
Relive last year’s holiday performance from choral ensemble Kantorei at Saint John’s Cathedral in Denver. This performance includes “A Star in the East,” by Malcolm Dalglish, with Lucille O’Reilly on hammered dulcimer, and the regional premiere of Sarah Quartel’s “A Winter Day” for choir, piano and cello.
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