Above: If you like your holiday music loud, enthusiastic and yet classical, Mannheim Steamroller delivers for two nights, Dec. 18 and 19.
We observe a lot of great holidays every year—from joyful to somber, religious to ridiculous. But Christmas gets the prize for best holiday music. You have plenty of opportunities to enjoy it this month:
• Salisbury House presents a Not So Silent Night Wednesday, Dec. 5, with the Gay Men’s Chorus. Details.
• Max Wellman croons in Noce’s “Home for the Holidays” shows Friday, Dec. 7, and six later dates. Details.
• Des Moines Choral Society sings Christmas classics at St. Ambrose Cathedral Saturday, Dec. 8. Details.
• The rich a capella harmonies of The Blenders will ring from Prairie Meadows Sunday, Dec. 9. Details.
• More a capella? Minnesota quartet Tonic Sol-fa returns to Hoyt Sherman Place Dec. 14 and 15. Details.
• Des Moines Vocal Arts Ensemble performs at St. Augustin’s Church Sunday, Dec. 16. Details.
• Pianist Jim McDonough brings his orchestra and singers to Hoyt Sherman Place Sunday, Dec. 16. Details.
• Mannheim Steamroller brings its dynamic Christmas show to the Civic Center Dec. 18 and 19. Details.