Nothing decks the halls quite like music, and the Baton Rouge Symphony's upcoming series of performances is sure to put everyone in the holiday spirit.
The symphony kicks off its holiday performance season with "Home for the Holidays" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, with a reprise at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, in the Baton Rouge River Center Theatre for the Performing Arts, 220 St. Louis St.
Timothy Muffitt, conductor and music director, will lead a cast of hundreds of musicians in these concerts, including the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra; Baton Rouge Symphony Chorus, conducted by David Shaler; baritone Steven Rushing; the Greater Baton Rouge Interfaith Ensemble, directed by Everett Parker; and the Sherwood Middle Academic Magnet School Advanced Treble Choir, directed by Emily deFoe.
Also on Friday, Dec. 2, the symphony will host "A Very Jazzy Christmas" at 7 p.m. at Hemingbough, 10101 La. 965, St. Francisville. The concert will feature pianist Willis Delony, vocalist Phillip Manuel, bassist Bill Grimes and drummer Troy Davis performing favorite seasonal arrangements in the Key of J — “J” for jazz.
The Baton Rouge Symphony League's second annual Jingle Bell Tea is set for 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at Ruffino's De la Ronde Hall, 320 3rd St. The event includes tea service with sandwiches, scones, sweets, a hot chocolate station, a craft station, Ruffino’s cotton candy and a visit from Santa before heading over to the River Center for the "Home for the Holidays" encore concert. Tea tickets are $45 for adults and $30 for children and can be purchased through the Symphony League Office at (225) 400-0335 or by emailing email@example.com.
The symphony's Holiday Brass in Central concert is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, at Greenwell Springs Baptist Church, 19421 Greenwell Springs Road. David Torns will conduct the brass, along with percussion and the symphony's principal harpist Stephanie Gustafson.
That performance will be followed by the annual Lamar Holiday Brass concert at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, at St. Joseph's Cathedral, 412 North St., also conducted by Torns. This concert incorporates organist Robbie Giroir playing the cathedral's pipe organ.
The symphony brass makes its final stop at Houmas House, 40136 La. 942 in Darrow, with its "Holiday Brass at Houmas House" program at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11.
Houmas House Plantation and Gardens and its festive Christmas decorations serve as the backdrop for this outdoor concert. Visitors can arrive early and stroll through the gardens.
For tickets., call (225) 383-0500 or visit brso.org.