The Music on the Hill Festival Chorus, with the Jubilate Ringers, will perform their Sounds of the Season Christmas Concert on Friday, Dec. 16, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 36 New Canaan Road, Wilton. They will present classic carols from around the world, including a fresh rendering of a trio of carols by New Canaan composer Gwyneth Walker, with artistic director Ellen Dickinson conducting.
The Jubilate Ringers will premiere Dickinson’s suite of American carols arranged for double handbell choir. Artistic director David H. Connell will accompany performers on the church’s Reuter organ.
Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door, free for children and students. For information, visit musiconthehillct.org or call 203-529-3133.
The Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance, celebrating its 50th anniversary, will present The Nutcracker Ballet this weekend at the Ridgefield Playhouse, with performances Friday, Dec. 16, at 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 17, at 2 and 6 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 18, at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for seniors and children; for reservations, visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org or call 203-438-5795.
The White Plains Performing Arts Center at 11 City Place, White Plains, N.Y., will present Sister Act, “a divine musical comedy,” Dec. 16-Jan. 8, with evening and matinee performances. Paulette Oliva stars as Mother Superior and Lindsay Roberts as the disco diva hiding out as a nun, Delores Van Cartier.
Tickets are $29 to $49; visit the website for tickets or call 914-328-1600.
Musicals at Richter, Connecticut’s longest-running outdoor theater, will return to Danbury’s Palace Theatre with The Mistletoes Take a Holiday, a new and original family-friendly musical, set on Christmas Eve in 1965. It’s written and directed by Bradford Blake, founding artistic director of Musicals at Richter.
Performances are Friday and Saturday, Dec. 16-17, at 8 and Sunday, Dec. 18, at 3; The Palace is at 165 Main Street, Danbury. General admission tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and students and $15 for children 10 and younger. For reservations, visit tickets.thepalacedanbury.com or call 203-794-9944.
Brian Torff’s seven-piece jazz ensemble, New Duke, will perform the music of Duke Ellington with a variety of musical twists on Friday, Dec. 16, at 8 at the Quick Center, Fairfield University.
Tickets are $30; for reservations, visit quickcenter.com or call 1-877-ARTS-396.
Celebrate with Wolves
The Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem, N.Y., will have a series of Holiday Howls with the resident wolves over the next week and a half. Guests will be introduced to the mythology, biology and ecology of wolf families and learn why this season is such a magical time for packs in North America. They’ll assemble gifts for Ambassador wolves Atka, Alawa, Nikai and Zephyr and watch them tear them open. The next Holiday Howl will be Saturday, Dec. 17; other dates are Dec. 18, Dec. 23, Dec. 26. For required reservations and information on other events, visit nywolf.org.
The Chamber Singers of the Connecticut Choral Society will present Sing in the Season on Saturday, Dec. 17, at 2 p.m. at the Bethel Public Library, 189 Greenwood Avenue. The program is for adults and young adults and registration is required; visit bethellibrary.org or call 203-794-8756 x4.
Joys of the Season
The Norwalk Symphony Orchestra will perform with young choristers of the Seabury Academy in Residence at St. Paul’s on the Green in Norwalk and the Ensemble Étoile from the Norwalk Metropolitan Youth Ballet on Saturday, Dec. 17, at 5 p.m. The program will feature the Farandole from Bizet’s L’Arlesienne Suite No. 2, Winter from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, choral works by Michael Praetorius and Max Reger, and Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite. Other seasonal works are also planned.
Tickets are $10 to $50 for the concert at the Norwalk Concert Hall, 125 East Avenue, and may be reserved at norwalksymphony.org or call 203-956-6771.
Carols by Candlelight
Minister of Music Scott Toperzer will conduct Carols by Candlelight at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 351 Main Street, Ridgefield, on Saturday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m. The celebration of Advent and Christmas will be performed by the St. Stephen’s Festival Choir, St. Stephen’s Choristers, soloists, and the Connecticut Chamber Players, a 28-piece professional orchestra.
The concert will interweave many of the great choruses from Handel’s Messiah with traditional carols, orchestral pieces, and readings. Donations will be accepted. For more information, call 203-438-3789.
Jesse Lee Memorial United Methodist Church at 207 Main Street, Ridgefield, will host a Christmas concert by SymphoNYChorus on Saturday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m. The concert, Glory to the King, will feature favorite Christmas carols as well as new pieces. An offering will be taken.
For more information, visit thesymphonychorus.com or jesseleechurch.com or call 203-438-8791.
Chris Coogan Concert
A Chris Coogan Christmas Concert will feature jazz pianist and vocalist Chris Coogan with the Chris Coogan Quintet and a solo performance by guest vocalist Michele Grace on Saturday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m. at the Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East, Westport. Doors open at 6:15.
Tickets are $35 for adults and $30 for seniors; children 10 and younger are admitted free.
A portion of ticket proceeds will benefit the church’s local missions; for more information, visit cooganmusic.com or call 203-306-8830.
The Korey Brodsky Band and special guests will perform at the Westchester Bluegrass Club, celebrating a CD release, on Saturday, Dec. 17. The club is at 33 Lake Way in Purdys, N.Y.
Doors open at 6, there’s a potluck dinner at 6:30, guest performances at 7:30, and the Korey Brodsky Band with special guests at 9.
Donation is $15; for more information, email [email protected] or call 914-213-9212.
The Westport Country Playhouse’s Family Festivities Series will present Lightwire Theater’s A Very Electric Christmas on Sunday, Dec. 18, with two performances, at 1 and 4 p.m. Tickets (limited availability) are $20; the show is recommended for ages five and older.
For reservations, visit westportplayhouse.org or call 203-227-4177.
The Pequot Library at 720 Pequot Avenue, Southport, will present a Holiday Jazz Concert on Sunday, Dec. 18, at 2 p.m. with pianist Rex Cadwallader and friends playing Christmas and holiday-season music for the whole family.
Tickets are $20 in advance online at pequotlibrary.org or $25 at the door. The concert is free for children 12 and younger.
‘Gloria’ Christmas Concert
Saint Luke Church, 49 Turkey Hill Road, Westport, will present its Christmas Concert, Gloria, featuring the adult and children’s choirs, on Sunday, Dec. 18, at 3 p.m. The concert will be highlighted by a Nativity Scene Tableau. An offering will be taken. For more information, call 203-227-7245.
World-renowned guitarist and vocalist John Pizzarelli will perform a holiday concert on Sunday, Dec. 18, at 3, including seasonal favorites and hits from his latest album, Midnight McCartney, at the Quick Center at Fairfield University.
Tickets are $60 and $50; for reservations, visit quickcenter.com or call 1-877-ARTS-396.
Time for Love
Darlene Love will be back at the Ridgefield Playhouse on Sunday, Dec. 18, at 8 for her annual holiday show, A Darlene Love Christmas: Love for the Holidays,spiced with some of her classics. Tickets are $60, available at ridgefieldplayhouse.org or call 203-438-5795.