Charlotte Symphony: ‘Messiah’
Wed 12.17 7:30 p.m. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. $34-$89. www.charlottesymphony.org.
Noel Edison conducts Oratorio Singers of Charlotte and four soloists in Handel’s timeless piece.
Wed 12.17 7:30 p.m. (also various performances through Dec. 20). Duke Energy Theater, Spirit Square, 345 N. Tryon St. $22. www.blumenthalarts.org.
Starving Artist Productions does its annual version of the Christmas story, adapted from the writings of Frederick Buechner. The 8 p.m. show on Dec. 20 ends with a concert and costs $32.
‘A Soulful Noel’
Thu 12.18 7:30 p.m. (also 8 p.m. Dec. 19). McGlohon Theater, Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. $20. www.blumenthalarts.org.
On Q Productions reprises its mix of music, dance and spoken word in retelling stories of the season.
‘A Very Tampone Christmas’
Fri 12.19 8 p.m. (also Dec. 20-21). The Frock Shop, 901 Central Ave. $20. www.xoxoperformance.org.
XOXO Productions throws a party with games, songs and treats. (“The Tampones” are “a European ukulele duo.”) Reservations required via email@example.com.
John Brown Big Band Christmas Concert
Sat. 12/20 8 p.m. McGlohon Theater, Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. $24.50-$29.50. www.blumenthalarts.org.
Jazz and Christmas music meet in this concert, which features selections from Duke Ellington’s arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker.”