Enjoy sounds of the holiday season

Consider any, all of these Auburn-area Christmas concerts
By: Loryll Nicolaisen, Journal features editor
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The holidays just aren’t the holidays unless you’ve got “Jingle Bells” stuck in your head and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” blasting from your car stereo. There are plenty of opportunities to hear live holiday music between now and when Santa comes to town. Sierra Gold Chorus The Sierra Gold Chorus, Auburn’s local chapter of Sweet Adelines International, presents its holiday concert, “Holly Daze,” at 2 p.m. Saturday at Parkside Church of the Nazarene, 3885 Richardson Drive, Auburn. “It’s a lot of fun,” said Judi Naill of Sierra Gold Chorus. “We try to bring the holiday music and the four-part harmony together for the enjoyment of everybody.” Listeners can expect to enjoy classics like “O Come, All Ye Faithful” and “Jingle Bells” performed in an acapella barbershop-style format. Pre-sale tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for youth age 16 and younger. Tickets at the door are $18 for adults and $7 for youth. “I think singing during the Christmas season brings joy,” Naill said. “It’s kind of nice to stop and sing and listen to music. It makes you feel more relaxed and in the spirit of the season.” Call (530) 367-3532 for more information. Music & More Music & More Theatre Academy’s DeWitt Theatre is booked with holiday happenings this month. First up is a performance by Golden Bough, which puts an old-world twist on the holidays at 7 p.m. Saturday. “The Golden Bough members are experts at what they do,” said Music & More’s Michael Coder. “They pride themselves in authenticity. It’s the spirit of this time of year, of spirit and traditional songs, from a Celtic point of view.” Golden Bough has been bringing sounds of the Celtic lands to Auburn for the past few years, and Coder said Music & More is happy to once again host the musicians, who toured Europe earlier this year. “They are true troubadours and we are thrilled when they return to us after their world adventures,” he said. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and $10 for youth under the age of 13. The next day, Dec. 12, Music & More presents “Christmas Nights, Christmas Lights,” a holiday show featuring song, dance and other performances. Tickets are $5. Both shows take place at 11596 D Ave. in Auburn. See for more information, and tickets. Toot Sweet Toot Sweet Brass Co., an Auburn-based brass quintet, performs a holiday program packed with traditional favorites at 7 p.m. Dec. 17 at Pioneer United Methodist Church, 1338 Lincoln Way in Auburn. Audience sing-along carols are included. All are welcome to attend this show, and a free-will offering will be taken to benefit the Auburn Interfaith Food Closet. Call (530) 888-1801 or (530) 885-9009 for information. What Christmas Means What Christmas Means, the Celebration Cares All Star Christmas Concert, takes place at 7 p.m. Monday at The Ridge, 2020 Golf Course Road, Auburn. This concert benefits Women of Worth. Tickets are $20 for reserved seating, $10 general, and $85 for a holiday dinner at 5:45 p.m. and VIP concert seating. Call (530) 878-1365 for tickets and information. Grass Valley Male Choir Auburn Presbyterian Church hosts a Christmas concert by the Grass Valley Male Voice Choir at 7 p.m. Sunday. As the story goes, Cornish miners who came over to the foothills during the Gold Rush would sing to keep their spirits up. The Grass Valley Male Voice Choir carries on this tradition by performing Cornish folk and holiday songs. Tickets are $10 and are available at the church, located at 13025 Bel Air Drive, at the corner of Bell and New Airport roads, in Auburn. Call (530) 823-3916 for information. Once Upon a December Placer High School’s spring musical, “Into the Woods,” is still a way out, but there’s a way to ensure a successful show now. “Once Upon a December” is the school’s third annual winter benefit for the spring musical, and 100 percent of proceeds go toward the upcoming production. Placer High School students and alumni perform side by side during this show, which takes place at 7:15 p.m. Dec. 22 and Dec. 23 in the Placer High Auditorium, 275 Orange St., Auburn. Tickets are $10 and are available at Colla Voce Colla Voce of the Sierra presents “In Freezing Winter Night: Songs of Winter” at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday at Pioneer United Methodist Church, 1338 Lincoln Way, Auburn. The concerts include Britten’s “Ceremony of Carols,” the premiere performance of local composer Brian Steckler’s “Winter Bells” and “Winter’s Sleep,” Morten Lauridsen’s “Sure On This Shining Night,” John Rutter selections and several holiday favorites. A pre-concert conversation with the conductor and singers is offered at 2:15 p.m. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $12 for seniors and students, and $2 for ages 17 and under. Call (530) 305-1316 or see to learn more.