Musical Holiday Traditions in Colorado Springs

    Musical holiday traditions in Colorado Springs, including the Youth Symphony and other concerts.

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    Immediately after moving to the Springs, we enrolled our kids in the Youth Symphony—at first it was one, now it’s all three. Ever since, in early December we pack our violins and cellos and head downtown for their holiday concert. The kids look their finest, dressed up in their symphonic garb. One year I wore a bow tie. Inevitably we find ourselves dashing and darting furtively, apologetically, through the colorful floats that make up the annual Festival of Lights Parade.

    The concert ends each year with “Sleigh Ride” as conductors throw candy into the audience. As the song nears its end, a lever is pulled, and glinting artificial snow cascades down over the ensemble. “Look,” I find myself saying to whomever is sitting next to me. But they don’t need to be told. They’re already looking. This is the moment I know the holidays have started, in earnest.


    When the Weather Outside Is Frightful

    A little indoor music—and more—can help warm the fingers, the toes, the bellies and the souls. Try these favorites.

    Madrigal Banquet
    Glen Eyrie Castle, various dates Dec. 2-22, gleneyrie.org

    Festival of Lessons and Carols
    Colorado College Shove Chapel, Dec. 3, coloradocollege.edu

    Colorado Springs Chorale’s 31st Annual Deck the Hall Concert
    Pikes Peak Center, Dec. 8, pikespeakcenter.com

    Flying W Wranglers Holiday Show
    Stargazers Theatre, Dec. 9, stargazerstheatre.com

    Little London Winds’ Hanukkah Concert
    Temple Shalom, Dec. 15, littlelondonwinds.org

    Colorado Vocal Arts Ensemble’s Wintersong
    Colorado College Shove Chapel, Dec. 15-16, cvae.org

    Colorado Springs Philharmonic: Christmas Symphony
    Pikes Peak Center, Dec. 17, csphilharmonic.org

    —Kirsten Akens

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