Holiday Happenings: Holiday Music

photo by: Mike Yoder

The KU Symphony Orchestra and KU Choirs perform "There Shall a Star from Jacob" during the annual KU School of Music Holiday Vespers Sunday afternoon, Dec. 6, 2015, at the Lied Center.

Local musicians and touring acts will give you plenty of opportunities to get in the holiday spirit over the next few weeks. Here are some of the highlights for this year’s holiday music scene:

Organ Vespers

4 p.m. Nov. 25, First United Methodist Church, 946 Vermont St.

Lawrence concert organist Tandy Reussner will kick off the holiday season on the last Sunday afternoon in November with her annual Organ Vespers concert.

The show, now in its 22nd year, is titled “Through the Eyes of a Child” and will be a family-friendly concert. It will feature preschoolers and local musicians.

The event is free, though a goodwill offering will be taken for local charities. Plan to arrive early to get a seat.

Jane Lynch: A Swingin’ Little Christmas!

7:30 p.m. Nov. 27, Lied Center, 1600 Stewart Drive

Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning actress, singer and comedian Jane Lynch will bring jazzy renditions of Christmas classics and a few original tunes to the Lied Center stage.

Lynch, known for her roles on Broadway and in the TV show “Glee,” will be joined by actress Kate Flannery (of “The Office”), as well as Tim Davis, the vocal arranger for “Glee.” The trio will be backed by the Tony Guerrero Quintet jazz band.

Tickets are $35 to $50 for adults and $19 to $26 for students and youth. They may be purchased at the Lied Center ticket office, online at or by calling 864-2787.

Ashley Davis album release concert with special guest Lúnasa

7:30 p.m. Dec. 1 and 5, Lied Center, 1600 Stewart Drive

Lawrence native and internationally touring singer-songwriter Ashley Davis will celebrate the release of her new album “Burning Down” with two concerts at the Lied Center.

In a statement on the Lied Center’s website, Davis says that the new album, which has been two years in the making, has strong Kansas connections.

“As I started writing, I envisioned the prairies that surrounded me as a child in Kansas,” Davis said. “The phrase ‘Burning Down’ is used here in the regenerative sense, to describe the prairie fires that created, and recreated, the beautiful landscapes of my youth.”

Celtic music group Lúnasa will make a special appearance at the shows, as well.

General admission tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the Lied Center ticket office, online at or by calling 864-2787.

Holiday Vespers

2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2, Lied Center, 1600 Stewart Drive

For more than 90 years, the University of Kansas orchestra and choirs have made it their mission to spread holiday cheer with their annual Holiday Vespers concert.

Presented by the School of Music, the annual audience sing-along has been a favorite for concertgoers.

Tickets are $13.50 for adults and $11 for seniors and youth and can be purchased at the Lied Center ticket office, online at or by calling 864-2787.

Canadian Brass Christmas

7:30 p.m. Dec. 9, Lied Center, 1600 Stewart Drive

Over the course of 47 seasons, Canadian Brass has performed around the world, sold 2 million albums worldwide and contributed more than 600 new works and arrangements to the brass quintet repertoire, according to the Lied Center’s website. Now, the award-winning ensemble will be playing holiday favorites in Lawrence.

Tickets are $30 to $45 for adults and $16 to $24 for students and youth. They can be purchased at the Lied Center ticket office, online at or by calling 864-2787.

A Big Band Christmas

8 p.m. Dec. 8, Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St.

Kansas Public Radio’s 10th annual holiday concert, performed by the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra, will feature special guest vocalist Molly Hammer and emcee David Basse.

Hammer has been performing in the Kansas City area since 2005. She has found her home in the world of jazz and blues, drawing inspiration from the likes of Peggy Lee, Dinah Washington and Sara Vaughn.

A variety of seating options are available. Reserved seats can be purchased on the floor, either as a table of 10 ($300), a table of 4 ($120) or individual reserved seats ($30 each). Seating in the balcony is general admission and runs $20 a ticket.

Tickets are available at the Liberty Hall box office or Tickets will also be available the night of the concert. The Liberty Hall ticket office is cash only.

Holiday Happenings 2018

Read more about the holiday events and other festivities taking place in the Lawrence area, in our annual Holiday Happenings guide.


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