Four Art Events You Should Not Miss in December

Wynton Marsalis: Big Band Holidays

On Thursday, December 5 at 7:30 p.m., the horn-blowing ensemble Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra will swing into Kansas City. Under the direction of legendary trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, the ensemble will perform Big Band Holidays, a jubilant concert of seasonal favorites that could banish your inner Scrooge.

The historic Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland plays host to the latest in the famed Harriman-Jewell series of concerts. Hear the glorious sounds of this ensemble of great jazz musicians with vocalists Denzal Sinclaire and Alexis Morrast. Big Band Holidays will feature some of their most creative arrangements in a concert the whole family can enjoy.

Holiday Classics Return

With the flip of a switch on Thanksgiving night, the Plaza lights transform the cityscape into something magical. These two Kansas City holiday classics also nurture that sense of wonder.

Come and see Amaya Rodriguez and the amazing Kansas City Ballet perform The Nutcracker from Thursday December 5, 2019 through Tuesday December 24, 2019 at the Kauffman Center.

Make sure that Ebenezer Scrooge really does see the light in A Christmas Carol, playing through December 29 at the KCRep on the UMKC campus.

KC Streetcar Jam

Dashing through the snow in a one-horse open sleigh, o’er the fields we go, laughing all the way. Ha ha ha. Singin’ in the sleigh—that’s how people jammed in 1857 when Jingle Bells was written. This month in Kansas City, the best way to get around is on the streetcar with live music!

Starting before Thanksgiving and running until December 22, afternoons and early evenings on the streetcar will feature original songs, covers, and holiday music by talented performers. You can dash through any weather, snow or not, to City Market, the Crossroads, Crown Center, or wherever your shopping/dining/partying takes you, laughing all the way.

Holiday Pops!

When was the last time you sang I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas? Thought so. Sometimes you want to go a little more lighthearted during the darkest time of the year, when you wish all really was merry and bright. The Kansas City Chorale gets it.  Their concert of popular holiday music on Saturday, December 14 at 7:30 p.m., includes hits like Jingle Bells, White Christmas, and the poignant Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. These old familiar songs are sure to put a smile on your face, even if it might be a wistful one.

To ensure a jolly time, have dinner or drinks first at The Restaurant at 1900, then stay for the concert.

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