Beethoven, big bands, New Year's bashes: Where to see Christmas, other holiday concerts in The Woodlands area Dec. 17-31

The David Caceres Band will perform at Market Street in The Woodlands on Dec. 22. (Courtesy Market Street)
The David Caceres Band will perform at Market Street in The Woodlands on Dec. 22. (Courtesy Market Street)

The David Caceres Band will perform at Market Street in The Woodlands on Dec. 22. (Courtesy Market Street)

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Bryan Anthony will sing Sinatra style in a Dec. 20 concert with The Woodlands Symphony Orchestra. (Courtesy The Woodlands Symphony Orchestra)
Holiday concerts are scheduled in the last two weeks of 2020 in a variety of settings in The Woodlands area, including opportunities to hear music in a socially distanced indoor environment with safety precautions in place as well as outdoor venues.

Celebrate Beethoven’s birthday

Dec. 17

Ethos Chamber Music presents a concert for Beethoven’s 250th birthday featuring six pieces, including two of his violin sonatas, a cello sonata, a piano trio, “An Die Ferne Geliebte, Op. 98” and “Adelaide, Op. 46.” For more details, visit the Glade Arts Foundation website. Holiday attire is recommended for this show, and refreshments are available at the bar. 7 p.m. $15-$45. Glade Cultural Center, 2000 Woodlands Parkway, The Woodlands. 832-557-8781. www.gladeartsfoundation.org

Hear Christmas Classics with Woody Witt Big Band and vocalist Tianna Hall


Dec. 18-19

At two-night performance includes Christmas classics with big-band instrumentals as well as some with a guest vocalist. The event includes an a la carte dinner menu with full table service, holiday-inspired cocktails and a curated wine list. 8 p.m. $25-$45. Glade Cultural Center, 2000 Woodlands Parkway, The Woodlands. 832-557-8781. www.gladeartsfoundation.org

Revisit a 1940s USO-style musical revue

“Holiday in The Woodlands” is presented by Points North Theatre with The Woodlands Township and The Woodlands Jazz Orchestra. The original USO-style musical revue is an Arts in the Park event. The performance includes a 45-minute preshow concert of big-band music and Christmas carols starting at 5 p.m. The event includes the music of Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Etta James, Bing Crosby and others by Darryl Bayer and The Woodlands Jazz Orchestra. The event is outdoors on the lawn. Social distancing is observed at the event, and coolers, picnic baskets and lawn chairs are permitted. Tents, tables and glass are not permitted. Face coverings are encouraged. 5 p.m. Free. Waterway Square, 31 Waterway Square Place, The Woodlands. 281-210-3800. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov

Enjoy Sinatra-style singing at a swinging Christmas concert

Dec. 20

The Howard Hughes Corp. and Woodforest Wealth Management present The Woodlands Symphony and Jazz Orchestra Swinging Christmas Concert with Sinatra singer Bryan Anthony, with 500 free tickets available. The event will follow social distancing guidelines, and the orchestra is also distanced. Free tickets are available through Eventbrite, with a limit of three per family. No walk-ins are permitted on the day of the concert. 6 p.m. Free (general admission), $50 (front-row seat). The Woodlands First Baptist Church, 11801 Grogan’s Mill Road, The Woodlands. 281-367-7112. www.woodlands-swinging-christmas-2020.eventbrite.com

Hear live music at Market Street

Dec. 22

The Rockin’ Round the Christmas Tree concert features the David Caceres band, with saxphone renditions of Christmas classics. 3-6 p.m. Free. Market Street, 9595 Six Pines Drive, The Woodlands. 281-419-4774. www.shopatmarketstreet.com

Welcome the new year with jazz, blues and soul

Dec. 31

The Rick Marcel band presents a variety of jazz, blues, pop and soul music in Central Park at Market Street, where social distance circles will be marked out on the grounds. 2-5 p.m. Free. Market Street, 9595 Six Pines Drive, The Woodlands. 281-419-4774. www.shopatmarketstreet.com

Bye Bye 2020 New Year's Eve party ushers in new year

Dec. 31

A New Year’s Eve party includes DJ Fire and a special guest. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. $15-$20 (pre-event sales), $30 (at the door), $65 (VIP for two). Glade Cultural Center, 2000 Woodlands Parkway, The Woodlands. 832-557-8781. www.gladeartsfoundation.org
By Vanessa Holt
A resident of the Houston area since 2011, Vanessa began working in community journalism in her home state of New Jersey in 1996. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2016 as a reporter for the Spring/Klein edition and became editor of that paper in March 2017 and editor of The Woodlands edition in January 2019.


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