Christmas Concerts and Gift Ideas

Music and the holidays go together like few other things in life. The deep traditions of sacred music, including Handel’s Messiah and the beautiful hymns and anthems that proclaim the glories of Christmas, are at the core of our celebrations. In addition, the popular music of the holidays has joyfully bonded together generations of families. Think about how we share childhood story-songs like “Rudolf, The Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Frosty The Snowman.” Within families whose culture includes these musical traditions, these songs are shared from parents to children, and on to grandchildren.

The Louisville Orchestra celebrates those traditions with a series of concerts for families throughout the holidays. We kick off the season before Thanksgiving with two spectacular performances of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™ on November 17 & 18. With a massive HD screen for the movie and the full orchestra playing the soundtrack throughout, Potter-fans meet up with Harry, Hermione, and Ron and a host of other new characters including Dobby, the house-elf, and Moaning Myrtle. Don’t miss this incredible film/concert at the Kentucky Center.

Home for the Holidays brings the traditional music of Christmas to the stage with special guest soloists on Saturday, November 25 at the Kentucky Center. Broadway veterans Lisa Vroman and Doug LaBrecque thrilled audiences with leading roles in PhantomShowboat! and The Music Man, and join us for an evening of Christmas joy — including a sing-along!

Four performances of Handel’s Messiah are offered at four different community locations and feature the LO and the exquisite voices of the  Louisville Chamber Choir under the direction of Kent Hatteberg. Each venue offers a different experience with the same music — it’s quite remarkable to hear this work in a church as compared to a concert hall. Find the location that’s right for you to enjoy this timeless masterpiece. General seating tickets are $35.

30 NOV : 7:30PM at Cathedral of the Assumption
01 DEC : 7:30PM at Harvey Browne Presbyterian Church
02 DEC : 7:30PM at Floyd Central High School Theater
03 DEC : 3PM at St. Francis of Assisi


Country Superstar JENNIFER NETTLES joins the LO for a special event on Wednesday, December 7 at 7:30PM at the Kentucky Center.

CMA sweetheart and a girl who’s just crazy for Christmas, Jennifer Nettles released her Christmas album last year to the delight of her fans. After 7 years hosting the Country Music Association’s annual Christmas special on CMT, Jennifer brings her show to Louisville for one night only!