December 2023 Cultural Arts Calendar

December brings us LOTS of musical performances and live theater, both professional and community-based.  Many school ensembles and church groups are giving holiday concerts, so please check their specific websites for details. In addition, A Gettysburg Christmas Festival from December 1-3 and the Gettysburg New Year’s Eve Celebration downtown on December 31 will feature all sorts of musical groups and entertainment around town. Enjoy all that your community has to offer!

Friday December 1 at 7:00 pm – Poetry First Friday via Zoom Link

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The Zoom live poetry reading by poet Michael Collier begins with an open mic followed directly by the live reading. Find the Zoom link on the Ragged Edge Facebook page. If you wish to read during the open mic, put your name in the chat and limit it to one poem. Mr. Collier is the author of eight books of poems, as well as being the recipient of many literary awards and fellowships. He was the Poet Laureate of Maryland from 2001-2004 and an emeritus professor of English at the University of Maryland.                  

Friday December 1 at 7:00 pm – Gettysburg Choral Society         United Lutheran Seminary Church

Under the direction of John McKay, the forty-voice Gettysburg Choral Society will present a Christmas concert entitled “Joy to the World!” Peggy Haas Howell will be the guest organist for this festive and celebratory concert, performing a Christmas-themed mini recital on the magnificent Andover pipe organ. The choral program includes a cappella arrangements by Robert Shaw and Alice Parker in addition to other seasonal favorites. The concert will conclude with the audience joining in a sing-along. As always, the concerts are free and open to the public and parking is free.

Friday December 1-17 – “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Jr.”               Gettysburg Community Theatre

SOLD OUT: The children of the Penguin Project bring this holiday classic to life on stage.  Filled with holiday hits like “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “A Holly Jolly Christmas”, this musical is an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special. Appropriate for ages 4+. Tickets are $15 in advance. Check the website for specific dates, times, and tickets.

Friday December 1 at 8:00 pm – Sunderman Conservatory Symphony Orchestra    Majestic Theater

The College Orchestra, under the baton of Dr. Cesar Leal, will present the final concert of the fall semester. The Orchestra will perform Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, Ariutunian’s Trumpet Concerto (performed by the concerto competition winner), and Danse Negre by Coleridge. Tickets are $5 at the door and free for children under 18 or those with a Gettysburg College ID.

Saturday December 2 at 8:00 pm – Winter Choral Concert          Christ Chapel at Gettysburg College

The Gettysburg College Choir, conducted by Dr. Robert Natter, presents its annual concert of gorgeous holiday music.  Tickets are $5 and sold at the event only, cash or checks. (No credit cards, please.) Free for children under 18 or those with a Gettysburg College ID.

December 6 at 10 a.m. – Schmucker Art Gallery Exhibit                             Gettysburg College

A new exhibit in the Gallery entitled From Mountains to City: East Asian Landscapes opens on December 6 while Drawing on the Susquehanna will close on December 8. The Gallery is open to the public from 10 am to 4 pm Tuesday through Saturday and admission is free.

December 8-17 – “A Christmas Carol”                                                             Majestic Theater

Totem Pole Playhouse presents this classic holiday tradition with a multi-talented company of actors, singers, and dancers. A Christmas Carol, adapted by Wil Love and Carl Schurr, evokes the true magic of the holiday season for the entire family.  Tickets are available for various dates and times and range from $40-$34.

Friday December 8 at 7:00 pm – Tuba Christmas                                          Gettysburg Hotel Porch

Come one, come all to a beloved community concert, founded by Ben Jones.  This annual free concert is held in the square in front of the Gettysburg Hotel. Join your friends and neighbors to hear the mellifluous sounds of tubas, baritones and euphoniums as the performers play classic Christmas carols to the delight of all. In case of inclement weather, the performance will be held in the United Lutheran Seminary Church.

Sat. Dec. 9 and Sun. Dec. 10 at 3:00 pm – Gettysburg Civic Chorus   Gettysburg Area Middle School

Another holiday favorite for the Gettysburg community, the nearly 100-voice Civic Chorus performs its annual holiday concert under the direction of Bill Serfass. Come listen to your friends and neighbors as they lift their voices to sing songs of the holiday season.  Tickets are free and so is the parking. Freewill donations are gratefully accepted.

Sunday December 10 at 7:30 pm – Advent Vespers                       United Lutheran Seminary Church

Music Gettysburg presents candlelit prayer with music of hope and expectation from four centuries, led by the Schola Cantorum of Gettysburg.  The Reverend Dr. Stephen Folkemer conducts the ensemble with Cathy Elkiss as the featured organist.  Freewill offering accepted and plenty of free parking.

Sunday December 17 at 7:00 pm – Christmas Offering                  United Lutheran Seminary Church

Music Gettysburg presents its annual sampler of Christmas music by some of our favorite performers including the Gettysburg Children’s Choir, Wayne Hill, Susan Hochmiller, Teresa Bowers, and, at the organ, Wayne L. Wold.  Freewill donations are gratefully accepted and plenty of free parking.

Sunday December 17 at 7:00 pm – Christmas with the Flute Flock              Trinity UCC – Gettysburg

Come hear your Christmas favorites performed by the Flute Flock – Gettysburg. Music will be played not only on the flute but on piccolo, alto flute, bass flute, and the newest addition:  contrabass flute. Share the magic of Christmas with the Flute Flock!  A free will offering will be taken. The group will go “flute caroling” after the concert. If interested, bring your flute and a music stand. Rehearsal for this is December 16 between 1 and 3 pm at Trinity UCC.

                                                                        Happy Holidays to all!

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Gail Jones has enjoyed a twenty-five-year career as a music educator in Pennsylvania and Maryland public schools as well as teaching music education methods at Gettysburg College for over a decade. She has also served as a guest conductor, French horn player, and private music instructor.

Gail has a deep appreciation for live music performances of all genres and encourages Adams County residents to attend the many concerts offered in our community.

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