Holidays aren't really holidays unless there are herald angels singing, 11 pipers piping, many bells jingling, trumpets sounding and hallelujahs abounding.
These joyful noises take the season to another level.
"Music lifts people up and raises the water table of goodness in the world," says Jean Mathews, executive director of DeltaCappella which presents its annual Christmas show Sunday at the Germantown Performing Arts Centre.
The all-male vocal band has done several Christmas concerts and will have new tunes on the program. The concert also serves as a CD release event for its first full-length CD of (naturally) holiday songs. Also appearing with DeltaCappella is the RSVP Chorus, another local vocal ensemble.
The Memphis Symphony Orchestra is again doing its Home for the Holidays Pops Concert on Dec. 8, led by former associate conductor Stilian Kirov and with guest appearances by singer Alexis Grace, the U-Dig Dance Group and the Memphis Symphony Chorus.
Grace, a former "American Idol" contestant and performer in musical theater productions around town, is eagerly anticipating this engagement. "I jumped at the opportunity, because having a symphony backing you is amazing; it's a dream and I'm going to have a blast."
She'll be performing four songs, including "All I Want For Christmas Is You," made popular by Mariah Carey; "This Christmas," done by Donny Hathaway; "Little Drummer Boy" (with the Memphis Symphony Chorus); and "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year" as a tribute to Andy Williams.
For something a little different, Luna Nova is presenting its Winter Concert on Dec. 10 at at Grace-St. Luke's Episcopal Church, featuring works by Henry Purcell and Ralph Vaughan-Williams. The concert, while not specifically holiday themed, will have something of an advent: the premiere of a work by 14-year-old composer Max Friedman, a White Station High School ninth-grader. His work is titled "Mnemiopsis," which, he says, "is a jellyfishlike creature also known as the warty comb jelly or sea walnut."