Artscapes: Merry Holiday Concerts

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nut-1 December is nearly here, which means local arts groups are gearing up for a sleigh full of holiday concerts.

Pacific Symphony kicks off the fun on Saturday, Dec. 3 with “Nutcracker for Kids” at 10 and 11:30 a.m. in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.

This condensed, 45-minute version of the holiday favorite was created for kids, and features dancers from Festival Ballet Theatre accompanied by Pacific Symphony performing Tchaikovsky’s beloved score. The concert includes a sing-along and a visit from Santa. There is also an interactive Musical Carnival that starts at 9 a.m. for the 10 a.m. show, and at 12:15 p.m. for the 11:30 a.m. show. Tickets start at $25. Visit

That same afternoon at 3 p.m., Philharmonic Society of Orange County presents the Vienna Boys Choir in the Renée and Henrynut-2 Segerstrom Concert Hall. The famous choir will be performing classical masterpieces and holiday favorites. Tickets start at $25. Visit

On Sunday, Dec. 4, Pacific Symphony presents Handel’s Messiah at 3 p.m. in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. This holiday tradition features the Pacific Chorale and guest soloists. Tickets start at $25. Visit

That night at 7 p.m., Segerstrom Center for the Arts presents the ageless Johnny Mathis and his 60th Anniversary Tour Christmas Concert in Segerstrom Hall. Hard to believe, but Mathis is indeed celebrating his 60th year in the music industry. He released his first Christmas album in 1958, and has since become the unofficial Voice of Christmas. Mathis will sing some of his greatest Christmas hits and personal favorites.

Tickets start at $59. Visit

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