St. Louis Holiday Concert Preview

November 22, 2012 6:00 AM

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orchestra St. Louis Holiday Concert Preview

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Sleigh bells ring…Are you listening? It’s time to think about where to get your annual fix of live music for the holiday season. Luckily, St. Louis has all the bases covered. Whether you’re looking for a rock concert, a classical orchestra, choral groups or a rock opera, you will find it in the Lou this holiday season.
Y98 Mistletoe Show: An Acoustic Christmas
Peabody Opera House
1400 Market St.
St Louis, MO 63103
(314) 499-7600

Date: December 15, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
Price: $45–80

The popular Y98 Mistletoe Show brings major artists to the stage for an unplugged acoustic experience. This year’s show features Train, a pop/rock band that reemerged in 2010 with the hit single “Hey, Soul Sister.” Alanis Morissette, known for her emotional power and eclectic style, is also headlining. Grace Potter and Tristan Prettyman round out the powerhouse lineup. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster

Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The Lost Christmas Eve
Scottrade Center
1401 Clark Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63103
(314) 622-5435

Date: December 27, 2012 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Price: $30-68

Trans-Siberian Orchestra is a progressive band that merges classical, Broadway and rock music into a massive spectacle, with sound produced by a full rock orchestra and over a dozen singers. This year’s touring holiday show is a rock opera about an enchanted Christmas Eve in New York City. TSO is known for its over-the-top productions, and the 2012 show will be no exception. The Orchestra is promising even more lights, lasers and pyrotechnics this year than ever before. Tickets are available on Ticketmaster or at the Scottrade Center box office.

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University Classical Holiday Concert
Touhill Performing Arts Center
1 University Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63121
(314) 516-4100

Date: December 10, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
Price: Free

This free St. Louis holiday tradition is presented by the music department at University of Missouri at St. Louis. Classic holiday music and traditional favorites are performed by three of UMSL’s choral ensembles — University Singers, University Chorus and Vocal Point — with the University Orchestra. No tickets are needed for this popular annual event which is free and open to the public.

St. Louis Symphony Holiday Celebration
Powell Hall
718 N. Grand Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63103
(314) 534-1700

Date: December 21-23, 2012 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Price: $25–65

Hot chocolate and hugs from Santa flow in the lobby of Powell Hall for this annual family tradition. Inside the theater, the Symphony presents a variety of Christmas favorites in new and classic arrangements. The orchestral program is enhanced with visits from guest singers and choirs to bring together a lively show for all ages. Tickets are available form the Symphony’s website or box office.

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas
The Fabulous Fox
527 N. Grand Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63103
(314) 534-1678

Date: December 8, 2012 at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Price: $37.50–$100

Mannheim Steamroller is the number one artist in Christmas music history, and this show has been a tradition for 25 years. Audiences come to hear the beloved favorites performed live in an intimate setting. The music is enhanced with visual effects for a true multimedia experience. Click here for tickets at MetroTix or get them from the box office at the Fabulous Fox

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Lauren Haas is a writer who specializes in finding the fun! Lauren was the publisher of the St. Louis Area Family Gazette for eight years, and now writes freelance articles on St. Louis events and attractions, budget travel, arts and entertainment and fitness topics. Her work can be found at

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