In addition to Clay pushing his new Christmas album at Meymandi Hall (Dec. 9-10), one check of our concert listings and you'll see that there is no shortage of venues offering holiday music--from sappy to jazzy to fully orchestrated messianic heralding. Here's a snapshot of the shows coming up:
Friday, Dec. 3
Christmas at the Corner: Friday & Saturday, Dec. 3 & 4, 7 p.m.: Dinner and concert. University Baptist Church, corner of Franklin and Columbia streets, Chapel Hill. 942-2157, www.ubc-ch.org. $10, $5 ages 12 & under, $75/table (seats 8).
Saturday, Dec. 4
Jimmy Magoo & Friends: 11 a.m.: Music for the kid in you, featuring original songs and holiday favorites, with a surprise cast of local musicians. Deep Dish Theater Company, University Mall, Estes Drive and US 15-501, Chapel Hill. 968-1515. $5.
Sunday, Dec. 5
Meredith Christmas Concert: 3 & 8 p.m. Jones Auditorium, Meredith College, 3800 Hillsborough St., Raleigh. 760-8536. Free.
Monday, Dec. 6
Peace College Choir & Chamber Singers: Monday & Wednesday, Dec. 6 & 8, 7 p.m.: Annual holiday concert featuring an 18-piece orchestra playing familiar holiday carols plus Carols & Lullabies--Christmas in the Southwest by Conrad Susa (10 Spanish songs accompanied by harp, guitar and marimba). Kenan Recital Hall, Peace College, Raleigh. 508-2000. Free.
Thursday, Dec. 9
A Holiday Performance of Christmas Music Classics: 6:15 p.m.: Featuring Natalie Peacock, mezzo soprano. Chapel Hill Senior Center at the Galleria, 400 S. Elliot Road. 968-2070. Free.
Friday, Dec. 10
Joyful Voices of Youth: 7 p.m.: Christmas musical featuring choirs from nine local churches to benefit children in foster care and child welfare families. Body of Christ Church, 4501 Spring Forest Road, Raleigh. 212-7794. Donations, unwrapped toys and gift certificates accepted.
N.C. Jazz Repertory Orchestra: 8 p.m.: Featuring Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn's epic jazz arrangement of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite, plus holiday favorites. Hill Hall Auditorium, UNC-Chapel Hill Campus. 962-1449. $12, $10 seniors, $5 students.
Saturday, Dec. 11
Capital City Girls Choir Holiday Concert: 7:30 p.m.: Jones Auditorium, Meredith College, 3800 Hillsborough St., Raleigh. 760-8536. Free.
Choral Society of Durham: Saturday, Dec. 11, 8 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 12, 4 p.m.: Sound the Trumpet! Christmas Music for Choir & Brass, featuring Donald McCullough's Canite tuba, various works from the Renaissance to the 21st century, and a cappella arrangements of favorite carols. Duke Chapel, Duke Campus, Durham. 560-2733, www.choralsociety.org. $15, $5 Duke students.
NC Master Chorale: 8 p.m.: Joy of the Season features works written or arranged by N.C. composers as well as music indigenous to N.C.; with the 22-voice NCMC Chamber Choir. Meymandi Hall, BTI Center, 2 E. South St., Raleigh. 856-9700, www.ncmasterchorale.org. $20 reserved, $18, $15 seniors & military, $5 youths & students.