Let the caroling begin

2013-12-05T00:00:00Z 2014-07-01T14:24:15Z Let the caroling beginBy Cathalena E. Burch Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

With 20 days to go until Christmas, it is now perfectly acceptable to sing Christmas carols.

In fact, it’s encouraged. It’s embraced. It’s even celebrated at some of the holiday-themed concerts taking place between now and the end of December.

Here’s a rundown of some events being held around town.

• The Arizona Repertory Singers kick off their 30th anniversary this month with a series of holiday concerts. Baroque and classical pieces sound sublime when this group sings them out. ARS is generally a capella, but they are adding 20 musicians and five vocal soloists to help celebrate the holidays. Concerts are 2 p.m. Sunday at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, 5150 N. Valley View Road, and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 and 3 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Benedictine Monastery at 800 N. Country Club Road. Tickets for the ARS concerts are in demand; get yours in advance. They are $15 at arsingers.org

• Pima Community College Chorale & College Singers, Winter Concert. 7:30 p.m. Friday at the PCC Center for the Arts Proscenium Theatre, 2202 W. Anklam Road. Program includes Christmas carols alongside Vivaldi’s choral master work “Gloria” and John Rutter’s mixed-voice piece “Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind.” Tickets are $6 with discounts available at pima.edu/cfa,

206-6986.

• Brazilian classical guitarist Eduardo Minozzi Costa, “A Christmas Concert.” 7 p.m. Friday at St. Ann Parish, 2231 E. Frontage Road, in Tubac.

Tickets are $35 at the church,  398-2646.

• Reveille Men’s Chorus, “It’s A Fabulous Life.” 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2331 E. Adams St. This is the celebrated men’s ensemble’s take on the Frank Capra holiday classic “It’s a Wonderful Life,” and knowing these guys there’ll be plenty of laughs and very few tears. Tickets are $25, $20 for seniors and students with ID at reveillemenschorus.org or by calling 304-1758.

• Tucson Chamber Artists signature holiday event “Christmas Lessons and Carols by Candlelight.” 7 p.m. Friday at St. Francis in the Valley Episcopal Church, 600 S. La Cañada Drive, Green Valley; and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday  at St. Philip’s in the Hills Episcopal Church 4440 N. Campbell Ave. Features the professional choir, soloists and organist Jeffrey Campbell. Tickets are $30 for Green Valley at the door; $25 and $40 for Tucson concerts through tucsonchamberartists.org Students are $5 for any concert.

• The University of Arizona Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band, winter concert. 7:30 p.m. Friday. Piano soloist Kyung Lee will perform Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor, and the program includes Alfred Reed’s “Russian Christmas Music.” Tickets are $5 at the door; 621-2998

• Tucson Symphony Orchestra, TSO Chorus and TSO Brass in Handel’s “Messiah” and the sounds of the season. 8 p.m. Dec. 14 and 2 p.m. Dec. 15 at Catalina Foothills High School, 4300 E. Sunrise Drive. TSO Music Director George Hanson will conduct the orchestra and choir, which is under the direction of Bruce Chamberlain.  Also features guest soloists. Tickets are $43 to $53 by calling 882-8585 or online at tucsonsymphony.org

• Tucson Girls Chorus, the “Sounds of Winter.” 3:30 p.m Dec. 14 at the Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress St. Under the baton of Music Director Marcela Molina, the concert is a showcase for the chorus’ five choirs, from the beginners in the Ladybugs to the high-schoolers in the advanced choir. Tickets are $16, $8 for children 3-10 and free for kids 2 and younger. Order in advance by calling 577-6064 or at the door the day of the show.

• 18th annual “A Tucson Pastorela,” presented by Borderlands Theater. 7 p.m. Dec. 19, 20 and 21, and 2 p.m. Dec. 22 at Leo Rich Theatre, 260 S. Church Ave.  The annual totally Tucson production is a nativity story set in the American Southwest with perils, temptations and scary diablos. Tickets are $12 to $22 in advance by calling 882-7406. 

• Tucson Symphony Orchestra “The Magic of Christmas,” with guest conductor Keitaro Harada.  8 p.m. Dec. 21 and 2 p.m. Dec. 22 at Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave. Classic Christmas carols along with a visit from Santa. $27 to $70 by calling 882-8585 or at ticketmaster.com

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