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Houston music groups ring in the season

November 14, 2018

Do you hear what we hear?

Holiday music rings out in all colors around Houston. Here are a few of the upcoming concerts from across the multicultural spectrum.

Holiday Latin Jazz Fest

Diaz Music Institute’s Thanksgiving weekend festival features live jazz, dance entertainment, Latin food selections, premium beers and cocktails. Grammy Award-winning musician Poncho Sanchez headlines — with special guests Francisco Torres, Jose Valentino, Raquel Cepeda and Houston’s Jose Antonio Diaz and Caliente.

11 a.m.-7 p.m. Nov. 24 $5-$50; Jones Plaza, 600 Louisiana; diazmusicinstitute.org

A French Baroque Christmas

Mercury Chamber Orchestra presents a festive program of French Baroque and Renaissance Christmas music.

7:30 p.m. Nov. 29; $10-$35; MATCH, 3400 Main; 713-533-0080, mercuryhouston.org

A Bronze Christmas

Houston Bronze Ensemble, a nearly 30-year old handbell group, sets a holiday mood with favorite Christmas carols that range from the light-hearted to the contemplative.

7:30 p.m. Dec. 1; MATCH, 3400 Main; $10-$15; 713-521-4533, matchouston.org

KPVU Holiday Jazz & Gospel Fest

KPVU 91.3 FM, Prairie View A&M University’s public radio station, presents a benefit concert featuring Grammy Award-winning jazz vocalist and singer-songwriter Gregory Porter, along with soulful jazz and gospel songstress Avery Sunshine.

5 p.m. Dec. 2; Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas; $90-$150, houstonfirsttheaters.com

The Wondrous Gift is Given: Christmas at the Villa

Houston Chamber Choir’s annual holiday series features special guests the Treble Choir of Houston (an all-female student group) and Apollo Chamber Players in five concerts at the magnificent Villa de Matel chapel. Bring disposable razors, new socks, toiletries, medical scrubs and bath towels to donate to the Beacon, a nonprofit that works to end homelessness.

7:30 p.m. Dec. 7; 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8-9; Chapel at the Villa de Matel, 6510 Lawndale; $40; houstonchamberchoir.org

Latin Christmas

The Houston Latin American Philharmonic, the only professional orchestra in the U.S. that presents programs of traditional Latin American music, presents an annual program of villancicos, aguinaldos, parrandas and gaitas. Maestro Glenn Garrido and his ensemble welcome guest artists Gilberto Santa Rosa (Puerto Rico), Cecilia Duarte (Mexico) and Ronald Borjas (Venezuela).

8 p.m. Dec. 7; Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas; $25-$70; 832-487-7041, houstonfirsttheaters.com

Very Merry Pops

Houston Symphony’s holiday spectacular features special guest Ali Ewoldt, who currently stars as Christine in Broadway’s “The Phantom of the Opera.”

8 p.m. Dec. 7-8, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9; $49-$152; Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana; 713-224-7575, houstonsymphony.org

Merry and Bright

Houston Pride Band’s concert of holiday favorites celebrates the love of family, friends and fans.

7 p.m. Dec. 8; $5-$10; MATCH, 3400 Main; 713-521-4533, matchouston.org

A Stolen Christmas

No Grinch here. The Houston Tidelanders present their 34th annual Christmas show, which begins with the story of how barbershop quartets came to be. The award-winning Tidelanders host several other talented groups, including the 2016 gold medal quartet Forefrong and the chorus Space City Sound.

2 p.m. Dec. 9; $20-$35; MATCH, 3400 Main; 713-521-4533, matchouston.org

molly.glentzer@chron.com

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