Westminster: Give the Gift of Music

Westminster Conservatory, the community music school of Westminster College of the Arts of Rider University, offers music lessons and classes for all ages and stages of ability. Become part of the Westminster Conservatory family by enrolling now for private lessons in your choice of instruments, early childhood classes, music therapy sessions, music theater classes, group voice classes, coached and reading instrumental ensembles, or instrumental and choral performing ensembles.

We have programs in five locations: Princeton (Westminster Choir College and Princeton Academy); Lawrenceville; and South Brunswick, New Jersey; and Yardley, Pennsylvania (Bucks County).

Mark your calendars now for our special Holidays at Westminster concerts, featuring performances by both Westminster Choir College and Westminster Conservatory ensembles.

To learn more about Westminster Conservatory, call 609-921-7104 or check our website at www.rider.edu/conservatory.

Westminster Conservatory of Music, 101 Walnut Lane, Princeton. 609-921-7104 or www.rider.edu/conservatory.

Joy to the World: A Christmas Suite with Princeton Pro Musica

Enhance your holiday season with a concert of gorgeous music at Messiah and More! On Sunday, December 15, at 3 p.m., Princeton Pro Musica Chorus and Orchestra will present Messiah and More! at the grand Patriots Theater at the War Memorial in Trenton, NJ. Also appearing on the program will be very special guests from the Trenton Children’s Chorus, and outstanding soloists Devony Smith, soprano and Jonathan Woody, baritone. All will be led by Dr. Ryan James Brandau, Artistic Director of Princeton Pro Musica.

This warm and joyous holiday concert features the “Christmas portion” of Messiah by George Frederic Handel alongside Joy to the World, our maestro’s own stirring suite of carols and holiday songs arranged for full orchestra and our 100-voice chorus, and featuring the Trenton Children’s Chorus.

Trenton Children’s Chorus (TCC) is a unique nonprofit whose mission is to empower the academic, social, and spiritual lives of children through artistry in music. Their tag line, Making Music, Making Friends, Making a Difference, speaks to TCC’s artistry, its commitment to community, and as a reminder that the gift of music can be used to make the world a better place. Founded in 1989 under the visionary leadership of the late Sue Ellen Page, TCC has long provided a place where children and youth in the greater Trenton area can experience exceptional music education, collaborative events and performance opportunities along with academic support and healthy snacks after school. More information about TCC and the life-changing experiences they offer their students can be found at www.trentonchildrenschorus.org.

Soprano Devony Smith has been noted by the New York Times for her “strong” voice and “dramatic conviction.” Her voice will soar to the heights of Patriots Theater Handel’s lively” Rejoice Greatly” from Messiah, and the tender “Sweet Little Jesus Boy.” Baritone Jonathan Woody has earned praise as “charismatic” and “riveting” from the New York Times for his solo work. His commanding voice will fill Patriots Theater when he sings I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day and Wassail.

Tickets are available and can be purchased online at www.princetonpromusica.org, or by calling the office at 609-683-5122.

Singing Mary’s Song

During Advent season, take the opportunity to craft your own response to the words of the Magnificat. At Princeton United Methodist Church, those attending worship will join musicians and singers of all ages in responding to Mary’s song, says Rev. Jenny Smith Walz, lead pastor. Sunday worship is 10 a.m., and the church is located at the corner of Nassau and Vandeventer.

Among the free programs: a children’s pageant, directed by Tom Shelton and Yvonne Macdonald, on Sunday, December 15, at 5 p.m. A “Longest Night Service” on Tuesday, December 17, at 7:30 p.m., offers healing solace, away from the frenzy. Hyosang Park and Shelton will lead singers and instrumentalists in “A Spotless Rose” on Sunday, December 22, at 5 p.m. On Christmas Eve — a Family Service at 4 p.m. and the Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols at 8 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

Visit www.princetonumc.org.

Hopewell Theater

The Subdudes, playing at Hopewell Theater on Saturday, January 11.

A season of luminous nights awaits at Hopewell Theater! Ring in the 20s with a New Year’s Party featuring music by Parlour Noir and dinner by Brick Farm Tavern. Music you love deserves to be heard in a room this good, with shows by The Slambovian Circus of Dreams, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, and Eagles songwriter Jack Tempchin. Our stage is alive this winter with Stand-Up for Something: Autism Speaks, Pecha Kucha Night, Peter Fogel’s Til Death Do Us Part… You First! and more.

Don’t miss a frame of our film programs, including The Art of Living Well series, Valentine’s Weekend Film Fest, and other family favorites.

Through January 6, enjoy waived online ticketing fees on all live performances — no coupon code necessary! Plus, buy four live performance tickets and receive a discounted dual or individual membership — simply add the desired membership to your cart at checkout.

Hopewell Theater, 5 South Greenwood Avenue, Hope­well. 609-466-1964. www.hope­welltheater.com.

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