What many consider to be the most wonderful time of the year is almost here, with carol sings and holiday concerts to attend in the Erie area.
Members of Motown’s legendary bands are ready to play for you at the Warner Theater, the Hot Sardines are heading to Mercyhurst University, the Erie Philharmonic is gearing up for the two pops, and Handel’s “Messiah” Tennessee Backporch has you covered. invites to “Follow the Star,” Kenny G brings his saxophone to Erie, Tuba Christmas is back, and a new group of professional backing vocalists performs “The Essence of Christmas.”
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“A Motown Christmas” is slated for Nov. 19 at 8 p.m. at the Warner Theater, 811 State St. This family-friendly show will feature a world-class vocal group comprised of past and present members of Motown’s most legendary bands, including Ali Woodson. Temptations, Miracles and Contours. Tickets are $52, $47, and $42 plus fees. Call 814-452-4857 or visit erieevents.com for tickets.
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“Holiday Stomp” with The Hot Sardines will take place November 29 at 7:30 p.m. at Mercyhurst University’s Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center, 501 E. 38th St. The jazz band will infuse Christmas classics with their unique and upbeat sound. . sound as part of the Mercyhurst Institute for Arts & Culture’s MIAC Live 2022-2023 series. Tickets are $45, $35 and $30 for adults; $40, $30 and $25 for seniors; $35, $25, and $20 for youth and non-Mercyhurst students, plus fees. Call 814-824-2663 or visit miac.mercyhurst.edu/events/holiday-stomp-hot-sardines for tickets.
A “Holiday Concert Celebration” will be performed as part of the “Mercyhurst Christmas Gala” on Dec. 4 at 4:30 p.m. at the university’s Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center, 501 E. 38th St. The Wind Ensemble of the school and Civic Orchestra will perform as part of the annual gala. Tickets are $8.50 for adults and $5 for ages 12 and under. Visit Mercyhurst.edu/events/a-mercyhurst-christmas-gala-holiday-concert-celebration for tickets.
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The Erie Philharmonic will perform its annual holiday pop concert, “Come Home for the Holidays: A Soulful Christmas,” twice on December 3, at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., at the Warner Theater, 811 State St. Join the Erie Phil will be featured guests including Blaine Krauss, CoCo Smith and Shaleah Adkisson, as well as the Philharmonic Chorus, Junior Chorus and Youth Chorale. Tickets cost between $10 and $56 plus fees. Call 814-455-1375 or visit eriephil.org/22-23#22-23pops for tickets.
Handel’s “Messiah” will be performed Dec. 10 at 3 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, 250 W. Seventh St. The event will feature the Erie Philharmonic Choir, Erie Philharmonic Orchestra and various soloists. Tickets are $25 for adults and $12 for students. Call 814-455-1375 or visit eriephil.org/messiah for tickets.
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Tennessee back porch
“Follow the Star” will be offered four times through Tennessee Backporch on Dec. 4 at 4 p.m. and Dec. 5-7 at 7 p.m. at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 8880 W. Main St., McKean. Variety Band Erie’s Christmas Concert will feature original music and creative covers of favorite Christmas songs. Tickets are $20. Visit facebook.com/tennesseebackporch for more or bit.ly/3huNKsY for tickets.
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Kenny G will bring “The Miracles Holiday & Hits Tour” to Erie on December 8 at 7 p.m. at the Warner Theater, 811 State St. favorites steeped in his captivating and distinctive blend of R&B, pop, Latin and jazz. $117, $87, $67, $47, plus shipping. Call 814-452-4857 or visit erieevents.com for tickets.
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The Tuba Christmas Erie Concert returns December 10 at 1 p.m. to the McGarvey Commons at the Reed Union Building at Penn State Behrend, 4701 College Drive, Harborcreek Township. Tuba, sousaphone, baritone and euphonium players of all ages, some dressed in festive attire and with instrument decorations, will participate. Free. Call 814-898-6289 or visit bit.ly/3UENSUQ to learn more.
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St. Peter’s Cathedral
“A Festival of Nine Lessons and Songs” will be held Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. at St. Peter’s Cathedral, 230 W. 10th St. Performed by the adult choir, the event will include readings and songs, including the “Christmas Day” by Gustav Holst. Free. Call 814-453-6677 or visit stpetercathedral.com to learn more.
“The Essence of Christmas” will be presented by Transcendence on December 17 at 7 p.m. at St. Peter’s Cathedral, 230 W. 10th St. The concert kicks off the first season of professional choristers under the auspices of St. Peter’s Cathedral. . This first performance will feature seasonal choral works by composers such as Praetorius, Victoria, Byrd, Britten and Lauridsen, and Kirke Mechem’s “The Seven Joys of Christmas” with guest artist and harpist Julia Jamieson. Free. Call 814-453-6677 or visit stpetercathedral.com/transcendence for more information.
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Find more holiday-related and general entertainment events at GoErie.com/calendar.