Churches in Charlotte are celebrating Christmas with music, ranging from full-scale Christmas musicals to traditional worship services.
Sharon Presbyterian church in SouthPark will hold its first-ever “Jazz Carol-In” at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 20.
“The idea is why go outside and carol when we can sing inside?” said David Tang, director of music for Sharon Presbyterian.
The music will be led by the Rick Bean Trio, and jazz vocalist Maddy Winer will perform. Bean was a student and friend of Loonis McGlohon, a Charlotte jazz pianist who was internationally known for his music and songwriting.
The musicians will perform Christmas songs, and the during hour-long concert the audience will be asked to sing along occasionally, Tang said. The concert is free, but donations will be accepted.
The Jazz Carol-In will be held in the church’s chapel, which Tang describes as one of the “greatest acoustic spaces in Charlotte.”
Hot cider and desserts will be served, creating a café-like atmosphere.
Tang said the church has received a great response to the jazz show, and it likely will become an annual event.
The Jazz Carol-In is open to the public, and childcare will be provided. Reservations are strongly encouraged because of the chapel’s seating capacity of about 160 people.
For more information, visit http://www.sharonpcusa.org. Sharon Presbyterian is at 5201 Sharon Road.
Here are other upcoming free Christmas musical events at Charlotte churches:
• “Peace on Earth:” This Christmas concert at Sharon United Methodist Church, 4411 Sharon Road, will feature string quartet, choir, praise band soloists, handbells, drama and more. 7 p.m. Dec. 14.
• “Here is our Savior:” The Calvary Church choir, orchestra and worship ministries will present this Christmas concert at 9:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Dec. 14. Calvary Church is at 5801 Pineville-Matthews Road.
• “Christmas Makes Everything New:” The Central Church Christmas musical will be at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 14. Doors open 30 minutes before the performance. The church is at 5301 Sardis Road.
• Advent and Christmas music concert: Living Savior Lutheran Church will present a concert featuring works by Pergolesi, Wilberg, Rutter, and Forrest. A reception will follow the concert, which begins at 7 p.m. Dec. 14. The church is at 6817 Carmel Road.
•“A Service of Nine Lessons and Carols:”
The Junior and Chancel choirs and the Providence Handbell Ringers will lead this service featuring the choir, handbells, organ and harp. The service is at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Dec. 21 at Providence United Methodist Church, 2810 Providence Road.
• “Lessons & Carols:” Join the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church choir as it leads this traditional service celebrating the birth of Jesus through scripture reading and Christmas carols at 11 a.m. Dec. 21. The church is at 1900 The Plaza.
• “Lessons & Carols:” Carmel Presbyterian presents its annual Lessons & Carols worship service from 10:30 a.m.-noon on Dec. 21. The church is at 2048 Carmel Road.