HOLIDAY GUIDE 2013: Dozens more shows for the season


"Amahl and the Night Visitors": Chamber Opera Chicago reprises Gian Carlo Menotti's story of a crippled shepherd boy who meets three foreign kings following a mysterious star. Dancers from Ensemble Espanol Dance Theater join the production under the direction of the composer's son, Francis Menotti. Cindy Pritzker Auditorium at the Harold Washington Library Center, Dec. 14-15

"Welcome Yule!": The Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus' annual program of carols and other musical treats. Symphony Center, Dec. 14-23

"Holiday Traditions": DuPage Symphony Orchestra performs Tchaikovsky, the Ellington/Billy Strayhorn take on "Nutcracker Suite" and other treats, including a holiday singalong. Wentz Concert Hall, North Central College, Naperville, Dec. 15

"Holiday Pops Chicago": The Southport Symphony Orchestra and the Holiday Pops Chorus, conducted by Scott Arkenberg, light up Lincoln Park. St. Michael's Church, Dec. 7

"The Messiah": There are a few options for seeing Handel's beloved oratorio, including the "Do-It-Yourself" version. Apollo Chorus of Chicago, Symphony Center, Dec. 7, and Harris Theater, Dec. 21; International Music Foundation's "Do-It-Yourself Messiah" at the Harris Theater, Dec. 19-20; Chicago Modern Orchestra Project "Sing-Along Messiah," South Shore Cultural Center, Dec. 18



"A Chanticleer Christmas": One of the most prominent all-male choruses in America returns for a cappella renditions of sacred songs and secular classics. Fourth Presbyterian Church, Dec. 4-5

"Holidays A Cappella": Chicago a cappella's annual festival of seasonal songs from many cultures tours the area. Fourth Presbyterian Church, Dec. 1; St. Michael Catholic Church, Wheaton, Dec. 6; St. Clement Church, Dec. 7; Pilgrim Congregational Church, Oak Park, Dec. 8; Nichols Concert Hall at Music Institute of Chicago, Evanston, Dec. 14

"Holiday Brass & Choral": Music of the Baroque provides an early-music salute to the season at several venues. Grace Lutheran Church, River Forest, Dec. 19; St. Michael's Church, Dec. 20; Divine Word Chapel, Northbrook, Dec. 21-22

"Caroling at Cloud Gate": Join a different local chorus each Friday at 6 p.m. under "The Bean" for songs of the season. Millennium Park, Nov. 29-Dec. 20


"Making Spirits Bright": The Chicago Gay Men's Chorus sings holiday standards and some new songs created by artistic director Patrick Sinozich at several locations. Harris Theater for Music and Dance, Dec. 6; North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, Skokie, Dec. 7; Rockefeller Memorial Chapel at University of Chicago, Dec. 14; Mayslake Peabody Estate, Oak Brook, Dec. 15

"Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour 2013": Smooth jazz maestro Koz brings in pianist Keiko Matisui, soul singer/pianist Oleta Adams and singer/guitarist Jonathan Butler for this annual holiday concert. Chicago Theatre, Dec. 7

"The Sound of Christmas": Elisabeth von Trapp, grandchild of Maria and the Baron of "The Sound of Music" fame, performs everything from classic carols to show tunes with the Carolian Brass. Wentz Concert Hall, North Central College, Naperville, Dec. 8

"Songs of Good Cheer With Mary Schmich and Eric Zorn": The Tribune columnists host their annual songspiel to raise funds for Chicago Tribune Holiday Giving. Old Town School of Folk Music, Dec. 12-15

"The Most Wonderful Time of the Year": A trio of Chicago's cabaret favorites — Marianne Murphy Orland, Beckie Menzie and Laura Freeman — team up to toast the season. Driehaus Museum, Dec. 12; Madden Theatre, North Central College, Naperville, Dec. 15

"Mary Wilson Holiday Spectacular": Motown favorites and holiday classics. Harris Theater, Dec. 23-Jan. 5

"Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis": Holiday songs, new age-style, led by Steamroller founder Chip Davis. Paramount Theatre, Aurora, Dec. 14

93XRT Big Holiday Concert: This year's folk-flavored lineup includes The Head and the Heart, Dawes, and Thao & The Get Down Stay Down. Chicago Theatre, Dec. 15

"Irish Christmas in America": Celtic music, song and dance combine in this show starring fiddler Oisin Mac Diarmada and the vocal group Lumiere, along with singer Seamus Begley. Old Town School of Folk Music, Dec. 18

"Mischief & Mistletoe: A Christmas Show": Local singer/songwriter Michael McDermott returns for a second year with a program of his own work (he'll perform his 2004 album, "Ashes," in its entirety), as well as a holiday singalong. City Winery, Dec. 23