Don’t miss Handel’s Messiah Dec. 20 and Home for the Holidays Dec. 21 in Birmingham. 15% off with code BHAMHOLIDAY


ASO Chorus singing Handel's Messiah
ASO Chorus. Photo supplied

The Alabama Symphony Orchestra has two unforgettable holiday concerts that you don’t want to miss. With either of these shows, your Christmas in Birmingham will have the best soundtrack ever —you’ll definitely leave with a song in your heart.

Whether you come to Handel’s Messiah Dec. 20, Home for the Holidays Dec. 21, or both, you’re sure to leave with holiday cheer to spare. Use code BHAMHOLIDAY for 15% off tickets to both shows.

Alabama Symphony Orchestra performs Handel’s Messiah at a holiday concert Dec. 20, 7PM at Alys Stephens.

Here’s a glimpse of the ASO Chorus rehearsing Handel’s Messiah.

There’s something thrilling about listening to the ASO Chorus performing Handel’s Messiah. For over 20 years, they’ve been performing this timeless holiday classic to enthusiastic crowds.

Choral singers from across Alabama come to sing with the ASO Chorus, including choral soloists Kristine Hurst-Wajszczuk, Emily Jaworski, Roderick George and Corey McKern. 

I spoke with mezzo-soprano soloist Emily Jaworski, who’s also a professor at UAB, about what audiences can look forward to during the show:

“It is going to be a spectacular show! The music is gorgeous, the orchestra is wonderful, the chorus really shows the whole gamut of what a group of singers can do; their music is joyful, tender, and sometimes virtuosic. I’m always amazed at the hard work that choir members pour into learning this very dense piece with precision and joy.”

Emily Jaworski
  • What: Handel’s Messiah
  • Where: UAB’s Alys Stephens Center, Jemison Concert Hall
  • When: Friday, December 20, 7PM
  • Address: 1200 10th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35294
  • Tickets: start at $39 per person

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Check out Home for the Holidays Dec. 21, 7PM at Alys Stephens.

Three on a String will be performing the night after Alabama Symphony Orchestra Handel's Messiah at Home for the Holidays
Guest artists include Birmingham-based Three on a String. Photo supplied

For some people, there’s no point in listening to Christmas music if they can’t sing along to it. Others are happy to listen and soak it all in.

Whichever way you’re made, your whole family’s welcome and invited to come enjoy some seasonal faves. This show, which is part of ASO’s Red Diamond SuperPOPS! Series, is guaranteed to get you in the holiday spirit.

Birmingham-based storyteller Dolores Hydock will perform at Home for the Holidays with ASO
Birmingham-based storyteller Dolores Hydock. Photo supplied

There will be songs and storytelling, both celebrating the richness of our state. Featured artists include local favorites Three on a String, actress Dolores Hydock, and solo artist Caleb Clark.

Here’s what Bobby Horton of Birmingham-based Three on a String had to say about his favorite part of the concert:

My favorite part about the show is playing with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. These people who play in our symphony are world class. To be in their presence is one thing. To have that wonderful sound coming out behind you is like nothing I’ve ever done. 

Bobby Horton
  • What: Red Diamond SuperPOPS! presents Home for the Holidays
  • Where: UAB’s Alys Stephens Center, Jemison Concert Hall
  • When: Saturday, December 21, 7PM
  • Address: 1200 10th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35294
  • Tickets: start at $35 per person, $15 for students

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Make plans now to attend one or both of these Alabama Symphony Orchestra holiday concerts.

Whether you want to hear holiday favorites with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, or if you want to have a fun outing for the whole family, these two holiday concerts are sure to fill you with all the good feelings of the season.

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