Best of the week, arts: Dec. 13-19
“On A Winter’s Eve.” Chorus Austin sings Pinkham’s “Christmas Cantata” as well as traditional carols, holiday favorites, and the Chorus Austin favorite, the Swedish carol “Jul, jul, strålande jul.” With an audience sing-along. 7 p.m. Friday at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 8134 Mesa Drive. $15-$20. 512-719-3300, www.chorusaustin.org.
“Joyous Noël.” The chamber choir of the Texas Early Music Project sings Renaissance and Baroque carols, motets, dances and traditional songs accompanied by an 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. Sunday at First English Lutheran Church, 3001 Whitis Drive. $20-$25 ($5 student rush). 512-377-6961; www.early-music.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.
“60-in-Sixty.” Nobody knows how to concoct artistic mayhem better than the folks behind the Fusebox Festival, Austin’s performance art extravaganza. With their annual party, they’ve invited 60 solo performers to do their thing for just 60 seconds in length with everything performed back to back to back, in rapid-fire succession. Hang on. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. the North Door, 502 Brushy St. $15. www.fuseboxfestival.com.
Tuesday and Wednesday
“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. Tuesday and Wednesday, St. Louis Catholic Church Chapel, 7601 Burnet Road. $10-$5. www.ensembleviii.org.