For many people, there isn’t joy in the world until it’s expressed with live music. As the holiday season gets into full swing, here’s a roundup of some of this week’s upcoming concerts:
He’s been here before — and audiences in Fresno love him. Carl Topilow returns for the Fresno Philharmonic’s annual “Home for the Holidays” concert.
Topilow founded and conducts the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, and with his trademark red clarinet, he knows how to have fun on the podium. Special guest Jack Hannah of Sons of the San Joaquin fame narrates the concert, which includes a selection of favorite holiday tunes.
The Fresno Master Chorale and the Fresno State Concert Choir, under the direction of Anna Hamre, adds to the festivities.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, Saroyan Theatre, 700 M St. www.fresnophil.org, 559-261-0600. $25-$79.
‘HOME FOR CHRISTMAS’
Devan Bolding wowed audiences with his vocals in summer’s production of “Into the Woods” at the Selma Arts Center. Now the Selma native is offering his hometown another chance to hear him: in a concert he’s titling “The Premier Annual Holiday Showcase: Home For Christmas with Devan Bolding.”
Bolding describes his style as multifaceted, ranging from R&B to classic opera. His modern influences include Jodeci, Donnell Jones, Joe, Babyface, Coldplay, and Andrea Bocelli. The concert will include several genres of music, including popular holiday favorites, Broadway tunes and a “couple of heart-crafted, original delights.”
A portion of ticket proceeds will be donated to the Selma Cares Food Giveaway.
Bolding’s debut album is titled “Who Ever Knew?” He recently returned from two years traveling as a lead vocalist for Carnival Cruise Lines.
Details: 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, and Saturday, Dec. 5, Selma Arts Center, 1935 High St., Selma. www.devanbolding.com, 559-420-2041. $25, $15 children 12 and under.
FRESNO GRAND OPERA
Fresno Grand Opera celebrates the season with its annual “Christmas on Van Ness” concert. The program includes the Fresno Grand Opera Chorus and soloists in a variety of holiday favorites.
Details: 2 and 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, First Congregational Church, 2131 Van Ness Blvd. www.fresnograndopera.org, 559-442-5699. $50 reserved, $35 general.
COMMUNITY CONCERT BAND
You don’t get more traditional than “The Night Before Christmas.” In the concert “Happy Holly Days!,” the Fresno Community Concert Band offers a setting of the classic tale with Randy Morris as narrator.
Soprano Hanna York is guest soloist, performing “O Holy Night,” “Panis Angelicus” and a medley of Irving Berlin Christmas tunes, with lots of other festive music played by the band.
Details: 3 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, Shaghoian Hall, 2770 E. International Ave. www.fresnocommunityband.org, 559-440-9429. $12, $7 children.
For some, nothing says the holidays like a tuba. Or 50. The annual “Tuba Christmas” concert at Manchester Mall offers the opportunity to be immersed in a sea of deep-brass sound. Buddy Heise conducts.
Details: Noon Saturday, Dec. 5, Manchester Mall, 1901 E Shields Ave. www.tubachristmas.com, 559-356-9064. Free.
Musica Viva, featuring Susan Doering on violin and Dieter Wulfhorst on cello, has a number of chamber-music concerts planned around the central San Joaquin Valley.
In the coming week, the ensemble performs its free holiday concert “Meditations for the Season in Words and Music” 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 764 W. Henderson Ave., Porterville; and 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 2101 N. Fruit Ave., Fresno. Other concerts are planned the following weekend in Visalia, Fresno, Kingsburg and Reedley.
Details: 559-392-1425, firstname.lastname@example.org.