MUSIC

A Copasetic Christmas Carol, Doug Haining and Charmin Michelle’s jazz adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic holiday story, will be performed by the Twin Cities Seven in a virtual concert at 7 p.m. Thurs­day, December 10. Recorded live, the seven performers are singer Michelle, Haining on alto and soprano saxo­phone and clarinet, Steve Wright on trumpet, Dave Graf on trombone, Rick Carlson on piano, Kent Saunders on guitar, Steve Pikal on bass and Trevor Haining on drums. The link to the concert is free. Visit crowdcast.io/e/5b6zobyl.

A Bass Viol Journey. Selec­tions from Schenck’s Nymphs of the Rhine, Gott­fried Finger’s Pastoralle from Puer Natus in Bethlehem, Marais’ Le Bijou and other music will be performed online via Zoom by the bass viol duo of Eva Lymenstull and Malachai Komanoff Bandy at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday, December 11 and 12. For tickets or information, visit lyrabaroque.org or call 651-321-2214.

Lessons and Carols for Our Time, a contemporary take on the British holiday tradition, will be presented online in December by the eight-man vocal ensemble Cantus. Weaving together poetry and song, the program draws upon such classics as “Silent Night” and “A La Nanita Nana,” Franz Biebl’s “Ave Maria” and modern works by Abbie Betinis and Saunder Choi. The first half of the program will be available from 7:30 p.m. Friday, December 11, through 7:30 p.m. Sunday, December 13. The second half will be available from 7:30 p.m. Friday, December 18, through 7:30 p.m. Sunday, December 20. Tickets are by donation with $20 suggested. To receive the link, visit cantussings.org.

Sounds of Blackness will perform songs from The Night Before Christmas in a virtual concert stream­ing from December 19-31 from the Ordway Concert Hall. A 10-piece band will back the 17 singers in this contemporary adaptation of the classic poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas.” Tickets are $15. For more information, visit ordway.org.

Christmas lights
The Christmas story will be told on December 17-19 through a 12-minute light show projected on the east facade of the Cathedral of Saint Paul. “Illuminated: The Manger” will run on a continuous loop from 6-9 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Initially created by Luxmuralis for Lichfield Cathedral (above) in Staffordshire, England, “Illumination” recounts the Nativity in traditional and abstract imagery. A musical score accompanies the show. It will be broadcast from Cathedral Hill Park on a radio frequency to be announced. Spectators in cars will be allowed to stop in front of the Cathedral to watch the show, but they must remain in their cars to comply with COVID-19 restrictions. Saint Paul police officers will direct traffic heading one-way north along Summit Avenue. The show will also be streamed live on the Cathedral Heritage Foundation’s Facebook page. Visit cathedralheritagefoundation.org.

BOOKS

Next Chapter Booksellers, 38 S. Snelling Ave., will host free online readings and dis­­cussions with author Rachel Gold and her novel, Synclair, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, December 9; poet Margaret Hasse, illustrator Sharon DeMark and their new collection, Shelter, at 7 p.m. Thursday, December 10; and poet Patricia Kirkpatrick and her collection, Blood Moon, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, December 15. To register, visit nextchapterbooksellers.com.

Lemonade Christmas, a staged reading of Merriam Park author Roger Barr’s 23rd Christmas story, is being presented from December 10 through January 31 on the Hallie Q. Brown Community Center’s Youtube channel. The story delves into the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on a family’s holiday traditions. Joining Barr on stage will be actors Brian P. Joyce, Charla Marie Bailey, Terrence C. Newby and Melvin Carter Jr. The video recording is being offered free of charge, though donations are encouraged to Hallie’s Q. Brown’s Summit-University food shelf. For more information and a link to the reading, visit hallieqbrown.org.

DANCE

The Snow Queen, a new ballet made for film, will be presented by the professional Ballet Co.Laboratory and more than 70 students from its school on December 19-20. Special effects and behind-the-scenes footage will augment the virtual dance from the stage of the Cowles Center in Minneapolis. The story follows the adventures of Gerda, a little girl filled with moxie, as she attempts to rescue her brother from the clutches of the Snow Queen. Show times are 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. A live Q&A with the performers will follow each show. Tickets are $40 per household. Visit balletcolaboratory.org or call 651-313-3967.

EXHIBITS

The European Christmas Market has gone virtual this year due to COVID-19. Instead of the usual festive outdoor setting in downtown Saint Paul, the market is operating a website with 23 vendors offering handmade treasures and the market’s own limited-edition gift boxes. Holiday enter­tain­ment is also periodically avail­able on the European Christmas Market’s Facebook page. For more information, visit stpaulchristmasmarket.org.

Northern Clay Center, 2424 E. Franklin Ave. in Minneapolis, is holding its annual holiday exhibition through December 30. Eighty-five artists are displaying for show and sale their handmade pottery, sculpture and ceramic jewelry. Visit northernclaycenter.org or call 612-339-8007.

THEATER

Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company’s Operation: Immigration returns online from December 10-13. Avi Aharoni stars as a young Minnesotan who searches for information about his late father, an Iranian Jew, and in the process begins to find himself. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m., 1 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15. Visit mnjewishtheatre.org or call 651-647-4315.

The theater departments of Visitation School and Saint Thomas Academy will stream their recent filming of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time online from December 11-14. Based on the novel by Mark Haddon, the play is directed by Wendy Short-Hays and Elliot Hays. It was chosen by Short-Hays because of its message of hope and that it could be told by actors a COVID-safe 8 to 10 feet apart. The film may be viewed anytime between 6 p.m. Friday and 6 p.m. Monday. Tickets are $10 per person or $25 per group. Visit showtix4u.com/event-details/41774.

Winterlight, an eclectic mix of classic and original stories, songs and poems to warm the heart at midwinter, will be available free of charge in three episodes released on December 14, 21 and 28 via Girl Friday Productions’ YouTube channel, Facebook page and website. The 20-minute episodes will feature such dramas as Willa Cather’s “The Burglar’s Christmas,” O. Henry’s “The Gift of the Magi,” Hans Christian Anderson’s “The Little Match Girl,” the German fairytale “The Evergreen” and the Japanese folktale “The Snow Woman”; traditional songs; and poems by Robert Frost, William Carlos Williams, Sara Teasdale and others. Per­for­m­ers include Kirby Bennett, Reese Britts, Craig Johnson, Willie E. Jones III, Sam Landman, Hope Nordquist, James Rodriguez, Taj Ruler, Sophina Saggau and Dana Lee Thompson. Visit girlfridayproductions.org.

A Virtually Celtic Christmas, featuring traditional carols, ancient Gaelic hymns, heart­warm­ing duets, choirs and orches­tra will be presented by the Ordway online at 7:30 p.m. Friday, December 18. Filmed at the National Opera House of Ireland, the show stars tenor Michael Londra, special guests Zoë Rainey and Eoin Colfer, the Irish Concert Orchestra, Valda Choral Group and Presentation Choir. Tickets are $25 for the link, $35 for the link and souvenir DVD, and $50 for the link, DVD and a meet and greet via Zoom call. Visit ordway.org.

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