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Los Angeles Master Chorale - Los Angeles - Presents:Festival of Carols with Eric Whitacre 12/7/2019 - 12/14/2019 (next performance: Saturday, 12/14/2019)
Herald the arrival of the holidays with our annual selection of treasured carols and songs, plus a special treat: the world premiere of The Gift of the Magi, a setting of O. Henry’s charming tale of love and giving, by Swan Artist-in-Residence Eric Whitacre.
Eric Whitacre, conductor
100 voices, organ
McCallum Theatre for the Performing Arts - Palm Desert - Presents:The Storm Large Holiday OrdealSaturday, 12/14/2019
What better way to celebrate the holiday season than with Storm Large? Storm will love you, leave you, delight you and abuse you with a wicked charm and stunning vocals that will have you begging for more.
Santa Monica Symphony - Santa Monica - Presents:Mahler's 5th Symphony - Santa Monica Symphony Saturday, 12/14/2019
Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra
Guido Lamell, Music Director and Conductor
Mahler: Symphony No. 5 in D Major
A pre-concert lecture by KUSC’s Rich Campanella begins 7 pm
Kirsten Oakley - Oxnard - Presents:The Nutcracker - Footworks Youth Ballet 12/14/2019 - 12/15/2019 (next performance: Saturday, 12/14/2019)
FOOTWORKS YOUTH BALLET presents two full-length performances of the Christmas classical ballet THE NUTCRACKER, performed with The Footworks Community Orchestra and singers from the Carpe Diem Chorus.
RCT Musical Theater Productions - Westminster - Presents:Cinderella12/1/2019 - 12/15/2019 (next performance: Saturday, 12/14/2019)
A timeless enchantment of a magical fairy tale, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella is the Tony Award-winning musical from the creators of The Sound of Music, Oklahoma, and Carousel.
USC Thornton School of Music - Los Angeles - Presents:Sounds of the Season: A Scholarship Gala for USC Thornton studentsSaturday, 12/14/2019
Celebrate the holidays in style with our annual gala concert, featuring 250 singers and instrumentalists ringing in the season with carols and songs, in support of scholarships for USC Thornton's most talented students.
Long Beach Chorale and Chamber Orchestra - Long Beach - Presents:Candlelight Carols12/14/2019 - 12/15/2019 (next performance: Saturday, 12/14/2019)
Join Long Beach Chorale for our annual holiday program featuring beloved Christmas carols that will brighten your season! We’ll be joined by organist David York, for this concert featuring favorite works by John Rutter, traditional carols, and new contemporary music as well. Don't miss this popular holiday tradition!
Pasadena Symphony Association - Pasadena - Presents:Holiday CandlelightSaturday, 12/14/2019
This, Pasadena’s most sought-after holiday concert, sells out quickly. Top off your holiday season and enjoy fully reserved seating arrangements in the architecturally exquisite and acoustically sonorous All Saints Church, Pasadena’s equivalent of a classic European cathedral.
Cal State University Fullerton - Fullerton - Presents:Deck the Hall at Cal State Fullerton!12/14/2019 - 12/15/2019 (next performance: Saturday, 12/14/2019)
The performance features carols and holiday favorites plus familiar sing-alongs. Deck the Hall at Cal State Fullerton! is a holiday tradition you and your family will cherish!
with the University Symphony Orchestra, University Singers, CSUF Concert Choir, Women's Chorus and Titan Men's Chorus
UC Riverside Music Department - Riverside - Presents:Holiday Carillon RecitalSaturday, 12/14/2019
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
UCR Department of Music
David Christensen, University Carillonneur
Ring in the season with traditional holiday music both sacred and popular, on UCR’s magnificent 48-bell carillon.
December 14, 2019
Saturday, 3:00 P.M.
Free and open to the public
Christ Cathedral Concerts - Garden Grove - Presents:Christmas at the Cathedral Friday, 12/13/2019
The Choirs and Orchestra of Christ Cathedral
The hundreds of singers in this choral Christmas spectacular will be accompanied by Organ and the Cathedral Orchestra. Christmas at the Cathedral has become an annual tradition. Get your tickets early as last year’s performance was sold out!
Loft Ensemble - North Hollywood - Presents:The Gayest Christmas Pageant Ever!11/29/2019 - 12/22/2019 (next performance: Friday, 12/13/2019)
Sixteen actors play nearly 30 characters in a holiday spectacular that will put you in a festive mood! A play-within-a-play, this fast-paced comedy follows a small, LGBTQ+ community theatre as it struggles to pull together its annual holiday pageant.
The Ballet Studio - Temecula - Presents:The Nutcracker Ballet - The Ballet Studio12/13/2019 - 12/23/2019 (next performance: Friday, 12/13/2019)
The Ballet Studio offers their renowned version of the most-performed ballet in the world. This enchanting tale of a girl’s first love, a Rat King, a Nutcracker, and a Prince, is set to Tchaikovsky's classic score. Experience the magic in Clara-Marie’s journey of joy, fear, her first love and with that… excitement, trepidation and fantasy!
Symphony of the Vines - Atascadero - Presents:Holiday Brass Concert in AtascaderoSunday, 12/15/2019
Add brass and class to your holiday season with Symphony of the Vines Brass Quintet! The holidays sparkle more brightly with brass, and this concert is sure to create lasting memories. The program combines original compositions for brass with holiday favorites by some of Hollywood’s greatest arrangers and composers.
San Diego Symphony - San Diego - Presents:Disney in Concert: Mary PoppinsFriday, 12/13/2019
Five-time Academy Award®-winning Disney film — Mary Poppins — unfolds on the big screen with the San Diego Symphony orchestra performing The Sherman Brothers' charming and delightful Oscar® -winning musical score.
City Ballet of San Diego - San Diego - Presents:"The Nutcracker" - City Ballet of San Diego12/6/2019 - 12/22/2019 (next performance: Friday, 12/13/2019)
Feel the magic of the holidays at a performance of City Ballet of San Diego’s award-winning production of The Nutcracker. As you come into the grand lobby of the historic Spreckels Theater, you will be charmed by a chorus of carolers bringing you the joyful songs of the season.
Jacarandamusic - Santa Monica - Presents:Organic IISunday, 12/15/2019
Former organist of All Saints Pasadena, James Walker celebrates advent with Adeste Fidelisin a Prelude by Charles Ives, Ten Christmas Chorale Preludes of Bach, Partita by Hugo Distler and Sleeper’s Prayer, Jacaranda’s 2016 co-commission for treble voice and organ by David Lang.
Hollywood Pantages Theatre - Hollywood - Presents:Disney's Frozen12/4/2019 - 2/2/2020 (next performance: Tuesday, 12/10/2019)
From the producers of The Lion King and Aladdin, FROZEN, the Tony®-nominated Best Musical, will celebrate its North American tour opening at the Pantages Theatre December 4, 2019 through February 2, 2020.
Cal State University Fullerton - Fullerton - Presents:Fullerton Chamber Jazz Ensemble and Latin EnsembleTuesday, 12/10/2019
Music of Poncho Sanchez, George Cables, Spencer Wiles, and Dizzy Gillespie
Fullerton Jazz Chamber Ensemble and Latin Ensemble focus on learning different styles within the Jazz genre including swing, bebop, Latin, bossa nova, and funk.
Center Theatre Group - Los Angeles - Presents:Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake12/3/2019 - 1/5/2020 (next performance: Tuesday, 12/10/2019)
Collecting over 30 international accolades including an Olivier Award in the UK and three Tonys® on Broadway, Matthew Bourne’s powerful interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece is a passionate and contemporary 'Swan Lake' for our times.
The Old Globe - San Diego - Presents:Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!11/3/2019 - 12/29/2019 (next performance: Tuesday, 12/10/2019)
Celebrate the holidays as the Old Globe Theatre is once again transformed into snow-covered Whoville, right down to the last can of Who-hash.
Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a wonderful, whimsical musical based on the classic Dr. Seuss book.
La Jolla Playhouse - La Jolla - Presents:Cambodian Rock Band11/12/2019 - 12/15/2019 (next performance: Tuesday, 12/10/2019)
Dubbed “fierce, gorgeous and heartwarming” by the Los Angeles Times, this epic play/rock concert thrusts us into the life of a young woman trying to piece together her family history thirty years after her father fled Cambodia.
Gordon Greenberg and Steve Rosen - San Diego - Presents:Ebenezer Scrooge’s BIG San Diego Christmas Show 11/23/2019 - 12/29/2019 (next performance: Tuesday, 12/10/2019)
San Diego has a new show for its Christmas stocking with this fast, funny, and highly theatrical reimagining of one of the most beloved holiday stories ever told. All the traditional elements of Dickens’s A Christmas Carol are intact—including the iconic ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Future—but with a comic local twist!
LAGUNA PLAYHOUSE and LYTHGOE FAMILY PANTO - Laguna Beach - Presents:Peter Pan And Tinker Bell: A Pirates’ Christmas 12/4/2019 - 12/29/2019 (next performance: Wednesday, 12/11/2019)
Peter Pan And Tinker Bell: A Pirates’ Christmas is a singing, swashbuckling adventure performed in the high-flying style of a British holiday Panto. Take off on a wild quest with Tinker Bell, Wendy and Peter Pan as they try to put a stop to the plot of some dastardly pirates who plan to kidnap Peter as a present to Captain Hook.
Ensemble Theatre Comapany - Santa Barbara - Presents:It's a Wonderful Life12/5/2019 - 12/22/2019 (next performance: Tuesday, 12/10/2019)
IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY
An Uplifting Holiday Story
Jimmy Stewart meets The 39 Steps in this zany and touching adaptation of the beloved classic American holiday story. Set in the fictional town of Bedford Falls in the 1940s and presented as a live radio play, It’s a Wonderful Life is perfect for the entire family.
Cal State University Fullerton - Fullerton - Presents:CSUF University BandWednesday, 12/11/2019
Music making is a life-long pursuit and the CSUF School of Music wants every student, regardless of their major, to have an opportunity to continue playing. The ensemble is primarily made up of non-music majors representing the entire campus community.
San Diego Symphony - La Jolla - Presents:Piano Trios of Beethoven & ArenskyTuesday, 12/10/2019
Acclaimed pianist Fabio Bidini gives us a sneak peek at our January Beethoven Festival with Ludwig van Beethoven’s early trio that includes a jaunty set of variations on a popular opera aria from his time.
Fabio Bidini, piano
Musicians from the San Diego Symphony
Musical Theatre West - Long Beach - Presents:"Irving Berlin's White Christmas"12/6/2019 - 12/15/2019 (next performance: Thursday, 12/12/2019)
"Irving Berlin's White Christmas" brings the beloved movie musical to the stage, filled with show-stopping s dance numbers, laugh-out-loud comedy, and a parade of hit Irving Berlin songs, including “Blue Skies,” “Easter Parade,” “Steppin’ Out With My Baby,” Heat Wave,” and “White Christmas.”
Dennis Kim & Warren Hagerty - Santa Ana - Presents:String & Symphony Orchestra Winter ConcertThursday, 12/12/2019
OCSA Symphony Orchestra performs Brahms’ Double Concerto with Pacific Symphony Principal Musicians
The award-winning Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA) Symphony Orchestra is joined by two principal musicians from Pacific Symphony for a performance of Brahms’ Double Concerto on Thursday, December 12, 2019.
The Geffen Playhouse - Los Angeles - Presents:Key Largo11/19/2019 - 12/10/2019 (next performance: Tuesday, 12/10/2019)
In a reimagined version of the iconic play and noir film, Academy Award nominee Andy Garcia (Ocean’s Eleven, The Godfather III) takes on the role of mobster Johnny Rocco in this classic Bogart and Bacall thriller.
Cal State University Fullerton - Fullerton - Presents:Fall Dance Theatre 12/5/2019 - 12/15/2019 (next performance: Thursday, 12/12/2019)
Storytelling at its Best, Told Through Dynamic and Expressive Dance
Choreographers and dancers illuminate our dreams, desires, loves, and losses. Experience the stirring complexity of dance as it captures our humanity and brings joy through movement.
American Contemporary Ballet - Los Angeles - Presents:The Nutcracker Suite - American Contemporary Ballet 10/29/2019 - 12/24/2019 (next performance: Thursday, 12/12/2019)
With the only immersive staging of The Nutcracker Suite, American Contemporary Ballet opens a magical door in the city to a mysterious holiday dream world.
Set inside a virtual holiday snow globe, ACB's 'Nutcracker' is inspired by ETA Hoffman's original tale and danced to live music from Tchaikovsky's beautiful score. The ballet's one-hour run time makes it a great choice for families.
OB Playhouse & Theatre Company - San Diego - Presents:Scrooge in Rouge 201912/6/2019 - 12/22/2019 (next performance: Monday, 12/9/2019)
This quick-change, cross-dressing version of the Charles Dickens classic is set in a Victorian music hall.The undaunted trio gamely face missed cues, ill-fitting costumes, and solving the problem of having no one to play Tiny Tim. Done in the style of British Music Hall, SCROOGE IN ROUGE abounds in bad puns, bawdy malapropisms, naughty double-entendres, and witt.
Desert Rose Productions Inc. - Rancho Mirage - Presents:Christmas with The Crawfords11/29/2019 - 12/22/2019 (next performance: Thursday, 12/12/2019)
It’s Christmas Eve at Joan Crawford’s Brentwood mansion and Joan, Christina, and Christopher are awaiting the arrival of Hedda Hopper for a very special live radio broadcast! Unfortunately for Joan, she’s about to receive a houseful of celebrity guests, most of whom are on their way to a big bash at Gary Cooper’s house next door.
Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts - Huntington Beach - Presents:"Sounds of the Season"12/12/2019 - 12/13/2019 (next performance: Thursday, 12/12/2019)
HB APA's "Sounds of the Season"
HO! HO! HO! Plan to spend a little time away from the modern-day holiday grind as the APA Orchestra Department presents their annual celebration of winter holiday cheer - with some extra special guests.
University of Redlands - Redlands - Presents:Senior Piano Recital - University of RedlandsMonday, 12/9/2019
Senior Piano Recital
Thandiwe Sukuta Senior Piano Recital
LA Opera - Los Angeles - Presents:The Magic Flute11/16/2019 - 12/15/2019 (next performance: Thursday, 12/12/2019)
True love is never easy. Especially when there's a giant, angry spider. And she's your mom...
A dazzling celebration of love conquering all, The Magic Flute transports you into an enchanted world where good battles the forces of darkness.
Independent Shakespeare Co. - Los Angeles - Presents:A Christmas Carol with Charles Dickens12/5/2019 - 12/29/2019 (next performance: Thursday, 12/12/2019)
From Independent Shakespeare Co. (presenters of the Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival)
This December, join us as the ISC Studio transforms into a cozy Victorian drawing room and we welcome Mr. Dickens himself to our stage.
Claire Trevor School of the Arts - Irvine - Presents:UCI Chamber Music ConcertMonday, 12/9/2019
A program featuring talented students from UCI’s Department of Music performing chamber music masterworks.
Winifred Smith Hall
Festival Ballet Theatre - Irvine - Presents:Festival Ballet Theatre's Nutcracker 12/7/2019 - 12/24/2019 (next performance: Friday, 12/13/2019)
Festival Ballet Theatre’s family-friendly production is the full-length traditional rendition of the Nutcracker ballet. It features superb colorful scenery and dazzling costumes, Tchaikovsky's iconic score, world renowned guest artists from the world's best ballet companies and talented dancers from across Orange and Los Angeles counties.
Los Angeles Master Chorale - Los Angeles - Presents:O Magnum Mysterium | Los Angeles Master ChoraleSunday, 12/15/2019
A classic from the moment the Los Angeles Master Chorale premiered it 25 years ago, Morten Lauridsen’s O Magnum Mysterium is performed around the world. A responsorial chant from the Matins of Christmas, the piece is a fixture of holiday programs and is presented here alongside Victoria’s 16th-century version. Also on the program: the West Coast premiere of The Faire Starre.
Glendale Community College - Glendale - Presents:Faculty/Alumni Dance Concert12/13/2019 - 12/15/2019 (next performance: Friday, 12/13/2019)
The annual Glendale Community College Faculty/Alumni Dance Production will be held over three days with four performances.
Dancers in the show include students enrolled in the GCC Jazz Performance Skills, Dance Production and other dance classes. The choreography is by faculty, alumni and guests.
Inland Pacific Ballet - Riverside - Presents:The Nutty Nutcracker - Inland Pacific Ballet in RiversideFriday, 12/13/2019
Since its debut in 2004, audience members have delighted in Inland Pacific Ballet’s The Nutty Nutcracker, which returns for three performances. A hilarious send up of everyone’s favorite holiday ballet, The Nutty Nutcracker features a zany storyline loosely based on the traditional Nutcracker.
American Youth Symphony at Laemmle Live - Santa Monica - Presents:American Youth Symphony at Laemmle LiveSunday, 12/15/2019
AYS Brass Ensemble
The Laemmle Monica Film Center transforms into a salon-style venue for the award-winning Laemmle’s Live series. AYS returns this season to share classical and holiday melodies performed by the new AYS Brass Ensemble.
LA Philharmonic - Los Angeles - Presents:A Chanticleer ChristmasTuesday, 12/17/2019
The beloved singers return with their vaunted Christmas program.
About This Performance
The much-celebrated, Grammy®-winning, 12-man chorus makes its return for a classic program of a cappella choral music, presented with stunning clarity, precision, and excellence.
Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles - Glendale - Presents:GMCLA's Holiday Spectacular12/21/2019 - 12/22/2019 (next performance: Saturday, 12/21/2019)
Experience the joy of the season as Jenny Wong, GMCLA’s interim Artistic Director and Associate Conductor of the LA Master Chorale, leads GMCLA in choral classics, timeless Christmas carols, a medley of hits from the beloved film Love Actually, Broadway bonanzas, and Mariah Carey’s anthem – it’s all you’ll want for Christmas.
Inland Master Chorale - Redlands - Presents:Home for the Holidays12/14/2019 - 12/15/2019 (next performance: Saturday, 12/14/2019)
On December 14 and 15, the Inland Master Chorale presents “Home for the Holidays” at the First United Methodist Church at 1 East Olive Avenue in Redlands.
This concert of seasonal favorites also provides an opportunity for audience members to join in on a holiday singalong.
Fountain Theatre - Los Angeles - Presents:Between Riverside and Crazy11/22/2019 - 1/26/2020 (next performance: Monday, 12/9/2019)
The L.A. premiere of the Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy by Stephen Adly Guirgis, the wildly original author of Broadway’s The Motherf*cker with the Hat, Jesus Hopped the A Train and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot.
The Coronado Playhouse - Coronado - Presents:Mamma Mia 11/8/2019 - 12/15/2019 (next performance: Thursday, 12/12/2019)
Coronado Playhouse ends its 73rd season with the award-winning, high-energy production of Mamma Mia!, opening Friday, November 8 and playing through Sunday, December 15, 2019. Fall in love with the characters, the story, and the music that make Mamma Mia! the ultimate feel-good show.
Towne Street Theatre - Hollywood - Presents:'Twas the Flight Before ChristmasSaturday, 12/14/2019
On Christmas Eve, travelers stranded at the airport find out that at Angel Airlines, nothing is free. Hilarity ensues as tempers flare, babies cry, relationships end and begin again. But, it is Christmas after all, and miracles do happen.
Odyssey Theatre Ensemble - Los Angeles - Presents:La Vie En Rose11/2/2019 - 12/14/2019 (next performance: Thursday, 12/12/2019)
Celebrated soprano Julia Migenes returns to the Odyssey Theatre with an evening of French chansons.
Pure Imagination Projects - Los Angeles - Presents:Marvels Of Magic 12/13/2019 - 12/15/2019 (next performance: Friday, 12/13/2019)
Marvels Of Magic is a new play set in the world of young magicians. Wannabe illusionist Gus is compelled to enter the “Marvels of Magic” competition - a gathering of all the top young magicians on the planet, with the once in a lifetime prize of a Las Vegas show!
Morgan-Wixson Theatre - Santa Monica - Presents:Legally Blonde Jr.11/9/2019 - 12/14/2019 (next performance: Saturday, 12/14/2019)
Based on the award-winning Broadway musical and the smash hit motion picture, Legally Blonde JR. is a fabulously fun journey of self-empowerment and expanding horizons. The show's instantly recognizable songs are filled with humor, wit, and sass, leaving both the cast and audience seeing pink!
Antaeus Theatre Company - Glendale - Presents:Eight Nights10/31/2019 - 12/16/2019 (next performance: Monday, 12/9/2019)
The heartfelt, lyrical portrait of a German Jewish refugee haunted by her past, but resiliently moving toward the future, witnessed over the course of generations of the same family that inhabits a single apartment from 1949 to 2016.
Cygnet Theatre - San Diego - Presents:A Christmas Carol - Cygnet - Old Town Theatre11/27/2019 - 12/29/2019 (next performance: Wednesday, 12/11/2019)
This imaginative production features original music, creative stagecraft and puppetry, and live sound effects. Step into a Victorian Christmas card for a unique storytelling experience that is sure to delight the entire family!
Pacific Resident Theatre - Venice - Presents:Andy Warhol’s Tomato12/7/2019 - 12/15/2019 (next performance: Saturday, 12/14/2019)
"CRITIC'S CHOICE" - LA Times EXTENDED!
It’s 1946 in Pittsburgh. An 18-year-old Andy Warhol finds himself in the basement of a working class bar.
The Chance Theater - Anaheim - Presents:Anne of Green Gables11/29/2019 - 12/29/2019 (next performance: Wednesday, 12/11/2019)
Generations of readers have adored the best-selling novel Anne of Green Gables, and now the musical adaptation of the beloved book hits the stage at Chance Theater.
La Jolla Music Society - La Jolla - Presents:Voctave: The Spirit of the Season Friday, 12/13/2019
Rejoice in the Spirit of The Season with Voctave, a remarkable 11-member a cappella ensemble.
Ring in the “spirit of the season” with Voctave, a remarkable 11-member a cappella ensemble. Group members have professional roots with Walt Disney World entertainment, but their range does not stop there.
Russell Steinberg - Los Angeles - Presents:Trio Accento plays Russell SteinbergThursday, 12/12/2019
Contemporary classical music of Russell Steinberg featuring Trio Accento (violinist Limor Toren-Immerman, cellist Garik Terzian, and pianist Nora Chiang Wrobel). Trio Accento releases CD 'Extant Blues' - which includes "Paleface" - and follows the concert with a meet and greet and CD signing.
Segerstrom Center for the Arts - Costa Mesa - Presents:American Ballet Theatre's The Nutcracker12/13/2019 - 12/22/2019 (next performance: Friday, 12/13/2019)
Treat your family to a magical holiday tradition as American Ballet Theatre performs its acclaimed production of The Nutcracker!
“This Nutcracker is cracking good!” raved the New York Post when American Ballet Theatre premiered this delectable holiday favorite.
Circle X Theatre Co. - Los Angeles - Presents:punkplay11/14/2019 - 12/21/2019 (next performance: Thursday, 12/12/2019)
Mickey and Duck are two teenage boys trying to make sense of the world in the mess of 80s America. Through the music and culture of punk rock, they patch together a precarious identity, skating (literally) between the demands of an increasingly strict subculture and an authentic desire to break free from convention.
Diversionary Theatre Productions, Inc. - San Diego - Presents:Santaland Diaries & Season's Greetings11/21/2019 - 12/22/2019 (next performance: Thursday, 12/12/2019)
From the brilliantly twisted mind of David Sedaris comes a classic tonic for the holidaze.
Out of work and options, The Santaland Diaries finds David as he begins his career as an elf in Macy’s Santaland during the holiday crunch.