By Mabell, Dave on November 23, 2019.
There’s still a month to wait for the turkey and stuffing. But right now there’s a feast of seasonal events for southern Albertans.
Several features – including the historic “All is Calm” celebration – are wrapping up this weekend. But here’s a look at all the concerts and special events coming right up.
The Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra has two seasonal offerings, starting Wednesday and Thursday, with a concert featuring choirs from Lethbridge-area schools. They’re set for 7 p.m. each night in Southminster United Church.
Then on Dec. 15 and 16, the orchestra will once again present “The Messiah,” featuring the Chinook Singers and soloists soprano Janet Youngdahl, mezzo-soprano Erinn Evdokimoff-Roberts, tenor Jason Ragan and bass Adam Brousseau.
The Dec. 15 performance will be at 3 p.m. in Southminster United, the Dec. 16 concert at 7:30 p.m.
On Friday, the Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden launches its Winter Light Festival, 6 to 9 p.m., running Thursday to Saturday in December, weather permitting, with additional openings on Dec. 22, 23 and 31.
Next Saturday, director Joanne Collier and Vox Musica will present a “Celebration for the Season” at Southminster United with guest artists the Aeris Brass as directed by Keith Griffoen and the Incanto Singers, directed by Kathy Matkin-Clapton. The concert is set for 7:30 p.m., with tickets at the door.
Also next Saturday, the University of Lethbridge-based Global Drums will perform at 7:30 p.m. in University Theatre.
A Christmas classic, “The Nutcracker” will be staged twice next Saturday by youthful students of the Calgary-based Jeunesse Classic Ballet Society, at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. at the Yates.
Lethbridge Musical Theatre will stage another Broadway Open Mic event that day, 3 to 5 p.m. at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, open to all ages with no cover charge.
And an opening reception will held next Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m. for a new exhibition featuring artists Leila Armstrong, Katie Bruce, Sarah Fuller and Beany Dootjes, at the Mortar and Brick gallery on 7 Avenue South.
December’s “First Friday” event at Casa on Dec. 6 will present students of the Young Artists Music Academy in the U of L music conservatory at 12:15 p.m.; bring a bag lunch.
On Dec. 6 and 7, students at Chinook High School will offer “Munsch at Play” in the school’s media centre, with tickets at the door.
The annual Mayor’s Concert, featuring both the Gold and Silver Bands, will be presented Dec. 7 by the Lethbridge Community Band at Southminster United at 7 p.m. The Agnes Davidson School Choir will be featured guests; tickets at the door.
Also Dec. 7, Victory Church is presenting Christmas with the Family, a no-charge event from 5 to 9 p.m. Features will include wagon rides, hot chocolate, photos with Santa and seasonal carols.
And here’s advance notice that the annual Festival of Nativities, organized by local LDS congregations, will be held Dec. 12 to 15. Local choirs will also perform. We’ll list times closer to the event.
For a little less of the seasonal flavour, the Geomatic Attic will welcome Kacy and Clayton on Dec. 11, 8 p.m.
And then on Dec. 18, New West Theatre will open its year-end show at the Yates, running through Jan. 4. It’s a “Celebration” of 30 years entertaining southern Alberta audiences – and will include a special New Year’s Eve performance as well.
New West’s theatre for young audiences production, “The Legend of the Lost Tooth,” will run from Dec. 21 to Jan. 4.
And for our last-minute options:
“All is Calm,” celebrating a brief truce at the start of the First World War, will be on stage at the Yates Centre at 7:30 p.m. this evening. closing with a 2:30 p.m. performance Sunday; check the Yates for any remaining tickets.
Tonight, the Andrea Superstein Jazz Trio will perform at 8 p.m. at the Mortar and Brick Art Gallery, with tickets from geomaticattic.ca.
The U of L Singers are presenting their end-of-semester concert tonight, 7:30 p.m. at Southminster United; the U of L Wind Ensemble performs on campus on Tuesday; tickets are available online at uleth.universitytickets.com.
Also this evening, the Geomatic Attic will present Hawksley Workman in the University Theatre, 8 p.m., with tickets from Geomatic as above.
As well, the Lethbridge Folk Club will welcome Old Man Luedecke at an 8 p.m. concert today in the Cave at Lethbridge College.
Tonight, 7 p.m. in the Sterndale Bennett Theatre, drama students from Winston Churchill High will stage the audience-interaction play “Escape from Peligrow Island”; check for tickets at the door.
And on Monday, the Scott Woods Band will celebrate an “Old Time Country Christmas,” 7 p.m. at McKillop United Church with last-minute tickets at the door.