Happy Holidays 2020

I know one of my favorite things about the Holiday season is the music.  The ability to find live music events has changed with COVID, but there are still opportunities to find great music online.  As my holiday gift to you, I’ve assembled a list of  links to a number of virtual concerts.  Some are free and some have a ticketing component, but all will help you get in the Christmas spirit.  

Links to Free Events

Here are free events that you can enjoy by streaming the content. Remember that even with a free event, these musicians have done a lot of work to make this happen, so please think of donating to these groups if you are able.  Thank you for supporting musicians!!

A COVID Christmas with the Celaire Studio!

Covid Christmas singers, all wearing masks

Here is an event that happened December 3rd, but can be viewed now – This is a concert by members of the University of Alaska Fairbanks vocal performance program. This group is made up of students who study under UAF music professor Jaunelle Celaire. 

You will be able to watch this performance on Facebook live. Here is a link to “A COVID Christmas.”

Alaska Chamber Singers

Alaska Chamber Singers Logo

Tonight, Friday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. (Alaska Time) the Alaska Chamber Singers will present holiday classics from Anchorage. Watch for the link to the concert on the Alaska Chamber Singers Facebook page shortly before 7:00 pm. Here is The Alaska Chamber Singers YouTube channel.

Anchorage Concert Chorus

Anchorage Concert Chorus logo

On Sunday, December 20, at 4:00 PM, the Anchorage Concert Chorus will present a virtual holiday pops performance. More information can be found at anchorageconcertchorus.org or on the Anchorage Concert Chorus YouTube channel. 

A Singalong Christmas – London Symphony Orchestra

London Symphony Orchestra logo

Here is a free event that happened on December 13th. It’s the London Symphony Orchestra’s annual Christmas spectacular. This event was hosted on YouTube and you can watch on demand! Here is the link to the London Symphony Orchestra’s Singalong Christmas!

An Irish Christmas Concert

Anyone that knows me knows that I am a big fan of Celtic music. If you want a good Irish Christmas, this is the concert to tune in to!
Here is a link to An Irish Christmas Concert!

Spirit of Alaska

Spirit of Alaska logo

The last free concert I wanted to share may be the most important. This concert is by Alaska artists and is part of an effort to combat hunger in Alaska. Click this link to Help Hungry Alaskans. This free concert celebrates the joy of coming together to help Alaskans in need, and the first $50,000 donated will be matched by First National Bank!

Here is the link to the Spirit of Alaska Holiday Concert

Paid Events

Here are a few “ticketed” events, in which you will need to purchase a ticket to watch. It’s best if you buy these tickets in advance, so there is no scrambling at the last minute to watch.

Juneau Symphony and Sitka Holiday Brass

“Holiday Cheer” virtual concert is happening Sunday December 20th at 3:00 pm (pre-concert talk with Franz Felkl and Roger Schmidt at 2:30 pm). This concert is a collaboration between the Juneau Symphony and the Sitka Holiday Brass.

Holiday Cheer Poster
  • A ticket for this event is $30
  • You can watch “live” on Sunday December 20, or
  • You can watch “on-demand” until January 3rd
  • Here is the link to Holiday Cheer Concert Tickets.

The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker is an annual favorite for many families. I did a lot of research because I found ticket prices to be expensive for many ballet companies. I finally decided to share Ballet Chicago’s Nutcracker. The events will be shown “live” on seven dates, although what you see will actually be one of four archived performances. Tickets are normally $26, but I found a half price option (only $13), which is what I am sharing with you in the links below. All times have been adjusted to Alaska time.

Ballet Chicago Nutcracker poster

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra is performing their first virtual event tonight, Friday December 18th at 4:00 PM Alaska Time.  The show will be “Christmas Eve & Other Stories.”  Click the picture for a preview of the event.

  • The ticket for “Christmas Eve & Other Stories” costs $30.
  • You can watch “live” on Friday, December 18 (4:00 pm Alaska Time; “Doors open” at 3:30 for pre-show footage), or
  • You can watch “on-demand” anytime between December 18 and Sunday, December 20th
  • Here is the link to Trans-Siberian Orchestra Tickets. And here are video instructions.

Thank you for reading the FLC. Happy Holidays and enjoy the break!!