The holidays are here and you are in a tizzy, from trying to get that stuffing recipe just right, to making sure that your relatives who hate each other don’t end up sitting next to each other at Christmas dinner. In the midst of your running from store to store you can’t help but notice that the very worst of Christmas music is being piped in at every mall.
If you want to take a break from all the pressure and all the terrible tunes, you may want to go and listen to some really good holiday music. Portland offers many Christmas concerts from classical to jazz. No matter what genre of music you prefer, you should be able to find something to sooth your nerves in between shopping trips and cooking experiments.
White Album Christmas
Alberta Rose Theater, December 3 to December 12
The White Album Christmas is a tradition in Portland and a tribute to its weirdness. A full 15-piece orchestra plays The Beatles White Album while acrobats of the Wanderlust Circus twist themselves about in the foreground.
The White Album includes such Christmasy hits as, Why don’t we do it in the Road and Helter Skelter. It was the Beatles’ 9th album and much of it was written during March and April 1968 at a Transcendental Meditation course in Rishikesh, India.
Tickets to the show are $30 in advance, $40 at the door and $50 for premium seating. The show starts at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday through Saturday with a matinee on Sunday December 6 at 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 5, 2015 7:30 p.m.
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
For some 250 years, this oratorio has been thrilling audiences around the world. It was composed in 1741 and it has become one the most often performed choral works in history.
The composition was written from the version of the Psalms included with the Book of Common Prayer and is a tribute to the birthday boy, Jesus and all his much celebrated glory. Tickets to the show are $29 to $75.
If you can’t make the show at the Portland5 or if you’d rather see religious music performed in a church, you can also catch the famed oratorio performed by the Portland Baroque Orchestra and Cappella Romana. The Messiah will be performed on Friday, December 11 and Saturday, December 12 at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, December 13 at 4:00 p.m. at The First Baptist Church in downtown Portland. Tickets to the show range from $29 to $65.
Friday, December 11 to the 13
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
For the 17th year in a row The Oregon Symphony Orchestra will partner with Northwest Community Gospel Choir to present a concert of rousing Christmas music. The show features multi-cultural performers singing both traditional and non-traditional gospel tunes.
The concert will be performed on Friday, December 11 and Saturday, December 12 at 7:30 p.m. as well as Sunday at 4:30 p.m. Tickets range from $35 to $95.00.
25th Annual Tuba Christmas Concert
Saturday, December 12 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Pioneer Courthouse Square
This annual tradition features over 300 tubbiest coming together to play all of the season’s greatest hits in unison. All skill levels are welcome so you can grab your tuba and join the party so long as you remember to register first. In addition to the great music, everyone is encouraged to wear their very ugliest Christmas sweater. Admission to the concert is free.
Although it may seem the perfect example of Portland weirdness there are Tuba Christmas concerts all around the country.
Eliza Gale – PortlandMetroLive.com Contributor
Eliza Gale began her blogging career interviewing aspiring actors and industry professionals on a Los Angeles based website called Curvewire. She started www.elizagalesintervviews in 2012 and has interviewed over three hundred people about their jobs and businesses since then. She has contributed many interviews to 360drinks.com, which is a Portland based happy-hour website. She also writes for Examiner.com and AXS.com.