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By Soterios Johnson on December 9, 2018
 

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MUSIC

Kurt Elling sitting with his hands crossed, wearing a gray suit and white dress shirt, staring into the camera.Kurt Elling
Thursday, December 13
7:30pm
Crest Theatre
1013 K Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

Grammy winner Kurt Elling is among the world’s foremost jazz vocalists. His rich baritone spans four octaves and features both astonishing technical mastery and emotional depth. His repertoire includes original compositions and modern interpretations of standards, all of which are springboards for inspired improvisation, scatting, spoken word and poetry. The New York Times declared, “Elling is the standout male vocalist of our time.” And according to Robert Pinsky, former Poet Laureate of the United States, “In Kurt Elling’s art, the voice of jazz gives a new spiritual presence to the ancient, sweet and powerful bond between poetry and music.”


 

Members of the Cantare Chorale standing on stage.Christmas Radio (Cantare Chorale)
Friday, December 14 & Sunday, December 16
Harris Center
10 College Parkway, Folsom, CA 95630

A 90-minute choral concert featuring our favorite Christmas selections, from classics to pops--songs you love to hear in 4-6-8-part harmonies.

Cantare Chorale of the Sierra Foothills was founded in 1992 to bring the joy of choral music to the citizens of El Dorado County and beyond. The singers, with varied backgrounds, have been fulfilling this mission for more than 25 years and continue to expand their sphere of influence. Under the direction of Mariia Pechenova they create an impressive sound and inspire their audience.


 

Members of Boston Brass posing with their musical instruments in front of a Christmas tree.Boston Brass & the Brass All-Stars Big Band: Christmas Bells are Swingin'!
Sunday, December 16
2pm
Mondavi Center
Old Davis Road & Mrak Hall Drive, Davis, CA 95616

For 31 years, Boston Brass has set out to establish a one-of-a-kind musical experience. The ensemble’s lively repertoire, touched with humor and personality, attempts to bridge the ocean of classical formality and delight audiences with an evening of great music and boisterous fun. For this holiday concert, Boston Brass performs the swinging seasonal chart-toppers made famous by Stan Kenton and His Orchestra, combined with some solo and combo selections as well as fun surprises.


 

The four members of the Manhattan Transfer standing, smiling and laughing.The Manhattan Transfer
Tuesday, December 18
7:30pm
Crest Theatre
1013 K Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

The Manhattan Transfer remains a cornerstone for great pop and jazz hits, a legacy that the group has cemented since their first recording over four decades ago. TMT is currently on tour promoting “The Junction,” the jazz-pop vocal group’s first studio album in 10 years, and singing Christmas tunes along the way.

The legendary quartet has garnered 10 Grammy Awards and became the first act to win Grammy awards in Pop and Jazz categories in one year (1981) for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for “Boy From New York City” and Best Jazz Performance Duo or Group for “Until I Met You (Corner Pocket).” In 1985, their album “Vocalese” made history as the single greatest Grammy-nominated album in one year — with  12 nominations. It earned two.  The album, which featured jazz legends Dizzy Gillespie, Ron Carter, and the Count Basie Orchestra, changed the perception of The Manhattan Transfer from successful pop artists to formidable jazz singers

Trist Curless has now officially become a member of the group, joining Janis Siegel. Alan Paul, Cheryl Bentyne, all of whom are conscious of maintaining the integrity and artistry left by founding member Tim Hauser who passed away in 2014.


 

Three members of the Satin Dollz singing on stage.Big Band Christmas with Special Guests The Satin Dolls
Wednesday, December 19
Harris Center
10 College Parkway, Folsom, CA 95630

A cavalcade of holiday hits from the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s featuring the music of Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Andy Williams, Rosemary Clooney, Nat King Cole, and the Andrews Sisters. This holiday concert features 17 musicians on stage playing the most popular music from the Big Band era.


DANCE

Ballet dancers on stage performing a scene from "The Nutcracker."Pamela Hayes Classical Ballet Theatre presents The Nutcracker
Featuring Conductor Ryan Murray & members of the Folsom Lake Symphony

Thursday, December 13 – Sunday, December 16
Harris Center
10 College Parkway, Folsom, CA 95630

Join Clara and her Nutcracker Prince on an enchanted journey through the Land of Snow and Kingdom of the Sweets in this timeless holiday classic. Infusing fantasy with comedic choreography and stunning costumes, Pamela Hayes Classical Ballet Theatre transforms this wonderful story ballet into a feast for the eyes. Audiences young and old will be swept away as they enjoy this wonderful holiday tradition.


 

Ballet dancers on stage performing a scene from "The Nutcracker."Sacramento Ballet presents The Nutcracker (Live Music)
Friday, December 14 – Sunday, December 23
Community Center Theater
1301 L Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

A new take on a holiday tradition.  Experience Sacramento Ballet’s all-new production choreographed by its new artistic director Amy Seiwert, with several performances set to live music with Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra.


OPERA

A richly decorated ser on stage in gold and red with members of the company standing on stage.The Met: Live in HD - La Traviata
Saturday, December 15
9:55am
Multiple locations (8 cinemas in and around Sacramento)

Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Michael Mayer’s richly textured new production, featuring a dazzling 19th-century setting that changes with the seasons. Soprano Diana Damrau plays the tragic heroine, Violetta, and tenor Juan Diego Flórez returns to the Met for the first time since 2015 to sing the role of Alfredo, Violetta’s hapless lover. Baritone Quinn Kelsey is Alfredo’s father, Germont, who destroys their love.

The Met: Live in HD transmits select live opera performances in high definition video from the Metropolitan Opera in New York City to select venues, primarily movie theaters.