The celebration of the holiday season continues next weekend with symphony music and modern dance. And then, just before Christmas, a holiday film classic will be shown at the Tennessee Theatre.
The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra's 26th annual Clayton Holiday Concerts are 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 and 3 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium, 500 Howard Baker Jr. Ave. KSO Maestro Lucas Richman directs the orchestra.
The concert also incorporates performances from the Knoxville Choral Society, the Sound Company Children's Choir and Go! Contemporary Dance Works.
This is Richman's 10th holiday concert year with the symphony. So for this year he selected some songs that incorporate the Broadway musical, one of his favorite musical genres. That means the concerts will include some Christmas tunes written for the Broadway stage as well as carols, traditional songs and music from such classic movies as "White Christmas" and "Miracle on 34th Street."
There'll be other traditional notes during each concert — an audience sing-along and a visit from Santa Claus.
Clayton Holiday Concert tickets at www.knoxvillesymphony.com or 865-291-3310 are $13, $20, $27, $33, $37 or $44 for adults, depending on the seat location. Tickets for children age 2 through college students are half the prices of the adult costs.
Mid-December also marks the 2012 performance of "Modern Dance Primitive Light." The 21st annual seasonal dance by Circle Modern Dance is actually five performances at the small Laurel Theater, 1538 Laurel Ave.
Dancers will move in pieces created by eight choreographers in the space that is lighted with low light. Shows are 8 p.m. Dec. 13, 7 and 9 p.m. Dec. 14 and Dec. 15.
Audience members are encouraged to bring pillows to sit on; seating is limited. General admission tickets in advance are $13 for adults, $8.50 for children, senior citizens or military members. Tickets at the door, if available, are $15 and $10. For tickets go to www.knoxtix.com.
The weekend before Christmas Day returns a holiday classic to the big screen. While any lover of Christmas and old films likely owns the DVD, there's something to be said for watching Bing Crosby in "White Christmas" in an old-fashioned, big-screen theater.
The Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay St., plays the 1954 film at 8 p.m. Dec. 21 and 2 p.m. Dec. 23. Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for children ages 12 and younger or senior citizens over 60 and at www.tennesseetheatre.com.
© 2012, Knoxville News Sentinel Co.
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