Chattanooga Now More sounds of the season

Chattanooga Now More sounds of the season

December 12th, 2013 in Chattnow Music

An expanded, two-week offering of Christmas at the Courthouse concerts is nearing its conclusion. Today, Dec. 12, features the Hillcrest Elementary School Singers (Mary Rethorn, director) and the Red Bank Elementary School Chorus (Sloane Stafford, director). Offering the finale on Friday, Dec. 13, will be the Harrison Elementary School Choir (Sheree Brundage, director) and Orange Grove Center Singers (Monty Parks, director). The lunchtime concerts begin at 11:30 a.m. in the Hamilton County Courthouse, 625 Georgia Ave. (not the Hamilton County-Chattanooga Courts Building). Elected officials are special guests each day, and local television personalities serve as emcees.

* "A Hometown Christmas": Mr. Jack Daniel's Original Silver Cornet Band performs at 7:30 p.m. CST Saturday, Dec. 14, at Cumberland County Playhouse, 221 Tennessee Ave., Crossville, Tenn. Tickets are $25 for adults, $12.50 for children. 931-484-5000,

* "Christ Is Come": The worship choir and orchestra of Stuart Heights Baptist Church will present their Christmas musical at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, at the Tivoli Theatre, 709 Broad St. Program opens with a concert of Christmas carols. Get free tickets at

* Christmas cantata: Middle Cross Baptist Church, 4009 Norcross Road in Hixson, presents a Christmas cantata at 6 p.m. the next two Sundays, Dec. 15 and Dec. 22. The choir is directed by Benny Feltman. 423-877-5742,

* Christmas coffeehouse: Heritage Pointe Baptist Church, 60 Dyer Bridge Road, Ringgold, Ga., presents an "Old-Fashioned Christmas" coffeehouse concert at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15. Admission is free, and light refreshments will be served at no charge. 706-858-0976.

* Christmas concert, Madrigal reception: The entire Covenant College Music Department - Madrigal Singers, Early Music Consort, Brass Ensemble, Covenant Chorale and Chamber Orchestra - will present a Christmas concert, "Let All the World in Every Corner Sing - My God and King," at 7:30 p.m. today, Dec. 12, in the Great Hall on the Lookout Mountain campus, 14049 Scenic Highway. Professor David Tahere serves as the lead vocal and language coach, and professors Scott Finch, Lok Kim and David Long will direct the performance. Admission is free. A ticketed Madrigal dessert reception will follow. Doors open at 7 p.m. for concert seating (priority seating for reception ticketholders starts at 6:45 p.m.). Reception tickets are $12 general admission; $10 groups (20 or more), seniors and alumni; $8 faculty, staff, students and children.

* Christmas Variety Show: The fourth annual Lucas & Friends Christmas Variety Show, benefiting Fair Park Senior Center, is at 7 p.m. CST Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Palace Theatre, 72 S. Main St. in Crossville, Tenn. Performers include Anthony Woolbright, Bob Johnson (as Elvis), Paul and Sandy Thomas, Judy Fistler, Kelsie Matthews, Carol Russell and Alan and Sara Moore. Tickets are $10. 931-484-7416, 931-248-2487.

* Christmas With Elvis: Award-winning Presley tribute artist Stephen Freeman performs at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, at the Gem Theatre, 114 N. Wall St., Calhoun, Ga. Tickets are $15 and $20. 706-625-3132,

* Christmas With the Metropolitan Bells: Holiday performances by the handbell ensemble include: Today, Dec. 12, Keith Memorial United Methodist Church, 600 W. Madison Ave., Athens, Tenn.; Tuesday, Dec. 17, Christ United Methodist, 8645 East Brainerd Road; and Thursday, Dec. 19, at Brainerd Baptist Church, 300 Brookfield Ave. All concerts start at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.

* Children's choir: A choir of first-, second- and third-graders from Signal Mountain Christian School will perform a selection of Christmas songs at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 16, at Signal Mountain Nursery, 1100 Hubbard Road, Signal Mountain. Admission is free. 423-886-3174,

* TubaChristmas: Tuba and euphonium players perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, outside the Gem Theatre, Etowah, Tenn. For more information, call 423-920-4700 or 423-263-3270.