Holiday choral music convergence

Editor’s note: This article was originally published December 5, 2013

The holidays are when choral groups shine. Here’s our selected list of upcoming choral concerts:

Conspirare Christmas. The five-time Grammy-nominated choir is joined by gospel singer Ruthie Foster. $25-$75. 7:30 p.m. Monday. Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-474-5664, www.conspirare.org

“Joyous Noël.” The chamber choir of the Texas Early Music Project sings Renaissance and Baroque carols, motets, dances and traditional songs accompanied by ensemble of harp, violin, flute, mandolin viols and lutes. 8 p.m. Friday at First Presbyterian Church, 8001 Mesa Drive, 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Dec. 15 at First English Lutheran Church, 3001 Whitis Drive. $20-$25 ($5 student rush). 512-377-6961 www.early-music.org

“On A Winter’s Eve.” Chorus Austin sings Pinkham’s “Christmas Cantata” as well as traditional carols, holiday favorites, an audience sing-along and the Chorus Austin favorite, the Swedish carol “Jul, jul, strålande jul.” 7 p.m. Friday, St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 8134 Mesa Drive. $15-$20. www.chorusaustin.org

“The Sounding Joy.” Texas Choral Consort’s holiday concert features the premiere of “Gocémonos,” by Austin composer Russell Reed, as well as “Threshold of Light” by Tarik O’Regan and audience favorite John Rutter’s “Gloria.” 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Northwest Hills United Methodist Church, 7050 Village Center Drive. $15-$20. www.txconsort.org

“Lessons and Carols from King’s.” Chamber choir Ensemble VIII presents the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, featuring nine readings from the Bible with carols sung between the readings. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17-18, St. Louis Catholic Church Chapel, 7601 Burnet Road. $10-$5. www.ensembleviii.org

“Celtic Christmas at the Cathedral.” The elite choir Schola Cantorum of St. Mary Cathedral is joined by Silver Thistle Pipes and Drums and musicians specializing in Celtic instruments for Irish and Scottish traditional music. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20-21, St. Mary Cathedral, 203 E. Tenth St. $25. 512- 472-4540, www.celticchristmasaustin.com

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