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A slate of Christmas concerts

Jamie Laval’s Celtic Christmas.
Jamie Laval’s Celtic Christmas. Courtesy of Jamie Laval’s Celtic Christmas

What’s coming up in the way of Christmas-music shows? Take a look:

Celebrate Christmas with Wanda Hunter Wherry: 7 p.m. Friday, Tate Hall, Central Piedmont Community College, 1260 Elizabeth Ave., $30, http://tix.cpcc.edu/. Backed by a jazz combo and classical pianist, vocalist Hunter Wherry presents a diverse mix of gospel, jazz, and classical selections that focuses on the traditional sounds of the season.

A Soulful Noel: 8 p.m. Friday, McGlohon Theater, 345 N. College St., $18-$30, www.blumenthalarts.com. OnQ Performing Arts presents a fresh twist on holiday entertainment with this fundraiser that offers the Christmas story for a contemporary audience. The show’s accompanying Christmas album, which features tracks such as “Little Funky Drummer Boy” and “Silent Night Jam,” can be downloaded on iTunes.

Charlotte Symphony Pops: Magic of Christmas: 8 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St., $19-$128, www.blumenthalarts.org. The orchestra is joined by the Charlotte Symphony Choir, the Charlotte Children’s Choir, handbell ringers, gospel singer Marsaisa Byrd, and Santa himself. Saturday’s matinee is a shorter concert suitable for younger children.

Parranda Navidena 3rd Annual Venezuelan Christmas Celebration: 7 p.m., Saturday, Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St., $20-$25, www.neighborhoodtheatre.com. Former Gran Coquivacoa vocalist Juan Carlos Arcaya and his band SwinGaitero headline the third annual Venezuelan holiday which includes holiday classics, dance performances from Raices Venezolanas, and traditional Venezuelan cuisine. Charlotte-based tropical band UltimaNota kicks things off.

Tosco Holiday Music Party: 7 p.m., Saturday, McGlohon Theater, 511 E. 36th St., $14-$24, www.blumenthalarts.org. Another Charlotte institution, John Tosco and company have made variety-show-style concerts, an annual Beatles’ tribute, opens mics, and New Year’s shows must-see events. They give the holidays a similar spin, leading inclusive singalongs celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa.

Gina’s Gospel Christmas Concert: 7 p.m. Saturday, Duke Energy Theater, 345 N. College St., $12, www.blumenthalarts.org. This gospel concert doubles as a Salvation Army toy drive. Attendees are encouraged to bring gifts to be donated to children in Mecklenburg and Union counties. Vocalist Gina, who’s toured with CeCe Peniston and Lenny Williams, will share gospel songs and lead carols.

The 62nd Annual Singing Christmas Tree & and Singing Christmas Tree for Kids: 11 a.m., 3 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday, Knight Theater, 430 N. Tryon St., $13-$39, www.blumenthalarts.org. Carolina Voices presents Winter Wonderland as vocalists from MainStage Choir populate a 32-foot-high tree. The decades-old tradition offers two versions – the earliest performance each day is aimed at youngsters age 3 to 10 in an abbreviated hour-long show (they’re nearly sold out), while the later concerts are longer. Both feature puppetry, dance, magic and Santa.

Will Downing and Chante` Moore: 8 p.m. Sunday, Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd., $50-$75, www.ticketmaster.com. The like-minded jazz/R&B vocalists, who both released new albums in 2016 (his 19th, her ninth), join forces to spread the spirit of the season. Swiss jazz pianist Alex Bugnon also performs.

Jim Brickman: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, McGlohon Theater, 345 N. College St., $29.50-$79.50, www.blumenthalarts.org. The pianist/composer’s Comfort and Joy Holiday Tour is his 20th such December trek and showcases hits like “The Gift,” “Angel Eyes,” and “If You Believe.” He’ll also offer new material.

Secret Sisters’ Christmas Show: 8 p.m. Thursday, Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St., $17-$20, www.neighborhoodtheatre.com. This marks the first holiday tour for Alabama-based sisters Lydia and Laura Rogers as they squeeze one more Southern jaunt into 2016, after spending the summer with John Paul White and the fall recording an upcoming album with Brandi Carlile.

Jeanne Jolly & the Mistletoes: 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 16, Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St., $10-$12, www.eveningmuse.com. Backed by a four-piece band, the Raleigh-based singer-songwriter (who has worked with electro-R&B duo the Foreign Exchange, but takes a folksier, country and AM-pop approach with her solo work) delivers Christmas classics and originals on her eight-city N.C. holiday tour.

Charlotte Symphony: Messiah: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16 and 17, Knight Theater, 430 N. Tryon St., $32-$91, www.blumenthalarts.org. Guests Jeanine De Bique (soprano), Adriana Zabala (mezzo soprano), Joseph Gaines (tenor) and Joseph Beutel (baritone) join director of choruses Kenney Potter and the Charlotte Symphony and Symphony Chorus for this performance of Handel's “Messiah.”

A Benji Hughes Christmas: 10 p.m. Dec. 24, Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St., $10, www.snugrock.com. The eccentric Charlotte singer-songwriter’s annual holiday gig promises to be as unpredictable as always – but given the Christmas Eve date and the host’s penchant for crooning, expect unique renditions of classics from Hughes, plus satirical rockers Alternative Champs and quirky horn outfit Fat Face Band.

Jamie Laval’s Celtic Christmas: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28, Fullwood Theater, Matthews, $12-$30, www.jamielaval.com. Asheville transplant and violinist Laval’s “Music and Stories for Deep Midwinter” was sparked by his discovery that Christmas carols originated as peasant dance songs. Aided by Irish step and Scottish Highland dancers, Laval unearths international myths about Yule Goats and Christmas witches.

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