Holiday Music

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Koger Center: The Sound of Music | Nov 21 & 22

Sound of Music

The spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony®, Grammy® and Academy Award® winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Edelweiss”and the title song. The Sound of Music features music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, suggested by “The Trapp Family Singers”by Maria Augusta Trapp.  More Info. 

First Presbyterian Church: USC Concert Choir Christmas Concert | Dec 1

The university’s premier choral ensemble presents their final concert of the semester. The concert program features Morten Lauridsen’s “Mid-Winter Songs,” and J.S. Bach’s Motet, BWV 226 Der Geist hilt unsrer Schwachheit auf, in addition to canticles and carols for the Christmas season. Don’t miss the opportunity to participate in a performance that has been a beloved tradition in Columbia for more than 50 years! More Info!


Carols Along the Riverwalk | Dec 1

The sounds of Christmas will be heard throughout the Cayce Riverwalk Park, where several area church choirs and local musicians will be performing within the first half mile of the park. Visitors can wander from group to group, enjoying various holiday musical selections! Event will be held 6:30pm at the N Avenue Entrance, Cayce Riverwalk Pavilion. More here

Newberry Opera House: A Carolina Christmas | Dec 2

Celebrate the start of the season with Doug and Bunny Williams and their friends. This show features music and memories from a Southern point of view. Pianist Jason Carpenter will play for singers Kyle and Linda Collins and Walter Graham. Jim Graddick will lead a string quartet, and singing along will be students from Newberry Acadamy. Website here.

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Newberry College Music Building: Tuba Christmas | Dec 9

All are invited to attend Newberry’s Tuba Christmas happening in Newberry College Music Building at 3pm. This free and open to the public event features tuba and euphonium/baritone horn players performing Christmas carols that have been specifically arranged for these low bass instruments, creating as sound that has been described to be like “that of a male vocal choir.” There will also be an opportunity for community singing during the event. More here.

Harbison Theatre: Holiday Pops | Dec 10

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Do you hear what we hear? The S.C. Philharmonic plays your favorite holiday classics and some contemporary, snowy surprises! At Harbison Theatre. 3:30pm. More here.

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Camden High School: Camden Community Concert Band Christmas Concert | Dec 10

This Fine Arts Center affiliate of over 50 performers who love to make music will perform holiday classics. Come and enjoy their melodious sounds, free of charge. At Camden High School Auditorium. 3pm More here.

Greenlawn Baptist Church: Christmas Choir | Dec 10 & Dec 24

Greenlawn Baptist Church seasonal program will feature the Children Choir on December 10, and the Children’s Choir on December 24. More here.


First Presbyterian Church: Saint-Saens Christmas Oratorio | Dec 10

The First Presbyterian Church of Columbia will hold the Children’s Choirs and Youth Chorus Christmas Service at 6pm in the church Sanctuary. More here.

Newberry Opera House: The Embers Christmas Show | Dec 12

For decades, The Embers have been making music by playing a mix of rhythm and blues and heart and soul. Rhythm and Blues became the foundation of soul music and the Motown sound. But, in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Florida and Alabama the name that applies is “Beach Music”. Bobby Tomlinson, drummer and the leader of the band, believes that Beach Music is music with a memory. Others believe that Beach Music is simply lyrics that are easy to sing with and simple melodies and pretty harmonies that accompany them. More here.


A Child’s Prospective | December 14 & 15

Experience the joy of music through the eyes of a child with a performance of Rutter’s “Mass of the Children.” We will be joined by the Rushingbrook Children’s Choir (Greenville, SC) and orchestral accompaniment to present this glorious masterwork. This concert will conclude with nostalgic holiday classics to bring out the child in you once again. Eastminster Presbyterian Church on Dec. 14 and Ebenezer Lutheran Church on Dec. 15. More here

Newberry Opera House: The Platters Christmas Show| Dec 15

The Golden Sounds of The Platters takes us back to the 50s & 60s when #1 hits meant songs like “The Great Pretender”, ”Only You (And You Alone)”, and “My Prayer.” For 22 years, The Golden Sounds of The Platters has charmed audiences in Branson, Missouri, by providing flawless entertainment and smooth harmonies; and now they bring a special, interactive Christmas show to Newberry. Clay Brown, Opera House favorite, opens the performance. More here.


Shandon United Methodist Church: Christmas Benefit Concert | Dec 17 shiny-musical-notes-background_M1rihiOd_L

This Christmas Benefit Concert will be held at Shandon United Methodist Church at 5pm on December 17th. “Eddie Huss and Friends” will benefit Alzheimers Research, with a free-will offering. This event will take place in the Sanctuary and is open to the public. For more info, visit, or call (803) 256-8383.

Sing-Along Messiah | Dec 18 

Sing-Along Messiah 2017

Anyone who has the desire to sing or hear Messiah is invited to Sing-Along MessiahDecember 18, 7:00pm, at beautiful, historic Washington Street United Methodist Church in downtown Columbia.  Be a part of a joyous night of worship, Sing Along Messiahinstrumental music, and singing, as a professional orchestra, accomplished soloists, and a choir of 800 voices perform Part One of Handel’s Messiah, perhaps the best known and most popular oratorio ever written.  For this 15th anniversary community celebration, soloists are professional singers, four native South Carolinians with national and international performance acclaim. Sing-Along Messiah is the only annual sing-along presentation of Messiah in South Carolina, and is presented to the public without an admission charge. No Christmas season is ever truly complete without it!  For additional information visit, or email  Seating is first-come, first-seated, no tickets issued. Free, nearby parking readily available. Infant and toddler childcare provided.

Broadway in Columbia: A Christmas Story | Dec 19 & 20A Christmas Story

Based on the classic 1983 movie, A Christmas Story The Musical, nominated for three 2013 Tony Awards including Best Musical, comes to hilarious life on stage! Set in 1940s Indiana, a young and bespectacled Raphie Parker schemes his way toward the holiday gift of his dreams, an official Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-Shot Range Model Air Rifle. An infamous leg lamp, outrageous pink pajamas, a maniacal department store Santa, and a triple-dog-date to lick a freezing flagpole are just a few of the distractions that “a joyous Christmas miracle,” while The New York Timeswrites “I was dazzled. You’d have to have a Grinch-sized heart not to feel a smile spreading across your face. More Info.

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