Christmas music, dance all around us

Vocal, instrumental, dance events abound
Boston Camerata returns to Union College's Memorial Chapel on Sunday.
Boston Camerata returns to Union College's Memorial Chapel on Sunday.

Holiday concerts continue for another week, with area groups offering a wide variety of choices.


  • The Mendelssohn Club, a men’s chorus under conductor Jeff Vredenburg, celebrates its 108th annual holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. at The Egg. Guests will be the Tamarac Select Elementary Chorus and the Adirondack Bones Trombone Quartet, and there’s always a sing-along of holiday favorites. (518) 428-5382;; $20. The Club will also participate in the second First Night festivities in Delmar on Dec. 31, and will sing at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 35 Adams Place, Delmar.


  • Capital Community Voices, under director Julie Panke, presents “What Sweeter Music: Holiday Songs with CCV” featuring traditional and popular holiday tunes. Joanna Towse will accompany. Genet Elementary School, Route 4, East Greenbush at 7:30 p.m. (518) 370-5434; $10, $8
  • It its 49th season, Capitol Chamber Artists will feature the music of Johannes Brahms at 4 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church with violinist Mary Lou Saetta, cellist Andre O’Neil, pianist Aniko Szokody and harpsichordist Al Fedak. There is also a 3 p.m. recital. The church is at 262 State St. in Albany. (518) 458-9231; $18, $9


  • Albany Pro Musica offers “The Many Moods of Christmas” at 3 p.m. at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall with a program that includes composer-in-residence Ola Gjello’s stunning “Dreamweaver” and Robert Shaw’s collection of holiday songs, along with a chamber orchestra under Jose Daniel Flores-Caraballo. (518)273-0038; $35, $25, $15
  • Boston Camerata returns to Union College’s Memorial Chapel at 3 p.m. to celebrate a traditional medieval French Christmas with period instruments and ancient tunes. (518) 388-6080; $30, students free
  • The Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra under Charles Peltz always presents a holiday afternoon of surprises at 4 p.m. that this year features the Children’s Chorus and a member of the community who will conduct the orchestra in a traditional song. Glens Falls High School, 10 Quade St., Glens Falls. (518) 793-1348;; $36-$25


  • St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Troy has a Tuesday noon-hour series that will feature the Capital Area Flute Club in a program of holiday songs. The church is at 58 3rd St. (518) 273-7351;; free


  • The Irish Dance Christmas Spectacular of the Carol of the King show is on an almost monthlong tour and stops off at Proctors to give a 7:30 p.m. performance. Led by Justin Boros, formerly of Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance, more than 20 of the most skilled step dancers and musicians will present the tale of King Solomon as he prepares his kingdom for Christmas celebrations. But the sorceress Circe and her minions, The Frost, thwart those moves by putting the king under a spell in an attempt to steal the throne and expel Christmas. (518) 346-6204;; $60-$20

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