Haul out the holly — or, at least, get your tickets in advance — for the best of holiday-themed performances and events. These shows are sure to sell out.
First up, Broadway Sacramento launches their annual Broadway On Tour season with A Christmas Story, the smash musical based on the classic 1983 feature film. It will run November 8-17 at Memorial Auditorium in Sacramento.
On December 3, John Tesh will present his Acoustic Christmas show at the Gallo Center for the Arts in Modesto. Six years ago, Tesh performed a big band Christmas show to a sold-out audience at the venue. This time around, according to the Gallo’s website, Tesh “…embarks on an intimate, acoustic trio performance that will entertain both loyal and new fans…”.
Two days later, On December 5, world renowned classical tenor Andrea Bocelli will share his astounding voice with discerning music fans at San Francisco’s new Chase Center. At press time, the legend hadn’t decided whether he would perform selections from his stunning 2009 My Christmas album…but a writer can dream. Whether he decides to or not, that show is going to make this year a Christmas to remember!
Then Father Christmas himself, the incomparable Johnny Mathis, will perform his only two holiday-themed west coast shows at the Bob Hope Theater in Stockton on December 12 and at the San Jose Civic Center on December 14. No one — no one — sings Christmas music like Mathis. If you’ve not heard Mathis sing “It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year” or “A Christmas Waltz” live, treat yourself. You’ll thank me later.
To wrap up the season, Kenny G is returning to the Blue Note in Napa for a year-end holiday residency, December 27-31. The world’s best-selling instrumental artist’s landmark, first holiday album, Miracles, will be 25 years old this fall, believe it or not. Kenny’s sure to celebrate that milestone in grand fashion.
Just telling you about these shows gets me in the spirit. I need a little Christmas, right this very minute!