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Thursday, December 1 | 7:30 p.m.

UNC-Chapel Hill Department of Music presents Amahl and the Night Visitors

Location: Moeser Auditorium, Hill Hall, 135 E. Cameron Ave., Chapel Hill, NC 27514

About the Performance:

A holiday reminder that those with the least, often have the most to offer. Program features the UNC Chamber Singers, Professor Susan Klebanow, Director; the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, Lorenzo Mutti, Artistic Director; Soloists from the New York Opera Society

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Friday, December 2,  | 7:30 p.m.

Louisburg College presents A Holiday Show

Location: SEBY B Jones Performing Arts Center, Louisburg, North Carolina

About the Performance:

Six-time GRAMMY® Award nominee Nnenna Freelon is known worldwide as a compelling and captivating live performer. She has toured with Ray Charles, as well as many other great jazz artists including Ellis Marsalis, Al Jarreau, George Benson, Earl Klugh and Take 6. The John Brown Big Band is a professional large jazz ensemble made up of top musicians, specializing in performances of traditional compositions from the Great American Songbook and today’s cutting-edge arrangements. Together, these two forces will bring an unforgettable performance to the JPAC as they perform all your favorite Holiday favorites such as “Let it Snow, “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and “Silent Night.”

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Friday, December 2 | 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 3 | 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 4 | 4:00 p.m.

Duke Chapel Music presents Handel’s Messiah

Location: Duke Chapel, Durham, North Carolina

About the Performance:

Since 1933, George Frideric Handel’s Messiah has been the fulcrum of the Chapel’s concert life and a cherished Duke holiday tradition. Handel’s masterwork traces the history of humanity’s divine redemption through Christ’s birth, death, and resurrection, in music that is both treasured and timeless.

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Friday & Saturday, December 2 & 3 | 8:00  p.m.

North Carolina Master Chorale & North Carolina Symphony present Handel’s Messiah

Location: Meymandi Concert Hall at Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 East South Street, Raleigh, NC 27601-2337

About the Program:

The perfect way to celebrate this holiday season. The North Carolina Symphony and the North Carolina Master Chorale perform one of the most inspiring works of music ever conceived. Handel’s masterpiece is full of passion and drama and features the resounding “Hallelujah Chorus.”

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Saturday, December 3 | 2 & 7 p.m.

The Cary Ballet Company presents The Nutcracker

Location: A.J. Fletcher Opera Theatre at the Duke Energy Center for Performing Arts, Raleigh,North Carolina

About the Performance:

Presenting the magic of Tchaikovsky’s timeless holiday season score of ”The Nutcracker,” in Raleigh on Saturday December 3rd at the Fletcher Opera Theater. Pre-professional dancers will perform in custom-made costumes featuring enchanted dolls, twirling snowflakes and the “Land of Sweets,”

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Sunday, December 4 | 3 p.m.

The Triangle Jewish Chorale presents A Feast of Old Favorites

Location: The Levin Jewish Community Center, 1937 W. Cornwallis Road, Durham, North Carolina

About the Performance:

The Triangle Jewish Chorale will offer a taste of its extensive repertoire to delight your musical palate. Israel will be featured in several of the songs, ranging from the exuberance of “Y’Susum Midbar” (The Desert Shall Be Glad) to the introspective autumn song, “Shir Tishrei”. Yiddish tunes will include both a familiar lullaby and a jolly song of solidarity. And to mark the season, Chanukah will be honored in a Hebrew prayer and celebrated in a Ladino song from Yugoslavia. Whether from the liturgy, Psalms, or settings by modern composers, this concert menu will have something for every musical taste.

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Wednesday, December 7 | 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, December 8 | 7:30 p.m.

The Philharmonic Orchestra  presents Holiday Pops

Location: Sandhills Community College, Pinehurst, North Carolina

About the Performance:

A beloved Pinehurst Holiday tradition for the whole family! Featuring the return of Broadway Star Bobby Conte Thornton, with Maestro Wolff and the Carolina Philharmonic.

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Sunday, December 11 | 4 p.m.

The Triangle Wind Ensemble presents The Snowman

Location: Cary Arts Center, Cary, North Carolina

About the Performance:

Join the Triangle Wind Ensemble as we perform the score to the 27-minute animated film, The Snowman, which will be shown on the big screen. This charming British favorite tells the tale of a young boy who creates a snowman that comes to life. Together the two embark on a series of adventures around the world, all set to beautiful music, including the famous “Walking in the Air”.

​We round out the program with cherished and novel holiday tunes to delight and surprise.


  • The Snowman — Howard Blake
  • Sheltering Sky — John Mackey
  • Sleigh Ride — Leroy Anderson

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Tuesday, December 13 | 7:30 p.m.

North Carolina Master Chorale presents Joy Of The Season

Location: Meymandi Concert Hall, Duke Energy Center for Performing Arts, Raleigh, North Carolina

About the Performance:

A beloved Raleigh holiday tradition! The Chorale’s 170-voice Symphonic Choir, Chamber Choir, and Youth Choir accompanied by brass ensemble, percussion, piano, and organ return to Meymandi Concert Hall to sing the festive music of the season. You’ll hear familiar carols and enjoy new and contemporary settings destined to become holiday favorites. You’ve seen us on UNC-TV, now come experience the Joy of the Season live with the North Carolina Master Chorale.

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Saturday, December 17 | 4 p.m.

Sunday, December 18 | 4 p.m.

The Raleigh Ringers present A Holiday Concert

Location: Meymandi Concert Hall, Duke Energy Center for Performing Arts, Raleigh, North Carolina

About the Performance:

There’s no better way to ring in the holidays than by joining The Raleigh Ringers for their annual holiday concerts at the Meymandi Concert Hall in downtown Raleigh. This Raleigh holiday tradition will feature the group’s unique interpretations of sacred, secular, and popular music, including a little bit of rock ‘n’ roll.

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