Christmas Music Heralds The Holiday

Written by Terry DeBoer on . Posted in Local

Troccoli Kathy winterThe Christmas holiday is fast approaching, which means that Christmas concerts are even closer.
Music of the holidays – already on the radio and in retail stores - comes to West Michigan stages
right after Thanksgiving.

Church pageants and Christmas musicals abound – but note that Calvary Church's "Festival of
Lights" is in year two of its hiatus due to the church's construction project. The East Beltline NE
church is expected to resume the series next year.

This round-up concentrates on the larger scale events and concerts from out-of-town artists. The

First announced last spring, the MercyMe concert with the Grand Rapids Symphony is set for
7:30p.m. Tues. Nov. 29 in Resurrection Life Church, 5100 Ivanrest Ave. SW. Also performing is
the Res Life Choir directed by Ken Reynolds.

Last year's Christmas concert with the symphony and Michael W. Smith was a sellout.
Tickets range from $30 to $60, and are available online, or call the symphony at 616-
454-9451 ext. 4.

The following night, Wed. Nov. 30, the Grammy-winning MercyMe travels to Kalamazoo
(without the symphony!) for a 7:30 p.m. Christmas concert at Miller Auditorium, 1903 W.
Michigan Ave. Tickets range from $21.75 to $40, and are available via  or by phone at 800-965-9324.


The annual "Hark Up" Christmas gang presents "A Grace Full Christmas" in four performances:
7:30 p.m. Dec. 2 and 3, and 3 p.m. Dec. 3 and 4 in the DeVos Center for Arts and Worship, 2300
Plymouth Rd. SE Grand Rapids (at Grand Rapids Christian High School).

The Hark Up Horns Band & Choir and The Ardan Irish Dancers return for the program which
features more than 250 persons in cast and crew.

This year the Hudsonville Unity Christian High School Orchestra and Choir and the Hudsonville
Christian Middle School Choir are special guests. Included is a true story – from right here in West Michigan – that reveals God's grace.

Advance tickets range from $14 (for children under 12) to $29 depending on performance day
and time. Gold circle, family pack and youth group rates may be also be available. Most prices
higher at the door. Purchase at the box office, by phone 616-574-5600, or online

See a promotional video at

That same weekend, the tandem of John Grooters and Dwight Beal return to their "Rock
Vespers" roots with "Thank God It's Christmas," presented at 7 p.m. Dec. 2 and 3 in Community
Reformed Church, 10376 Felch St. Zeeland. General admission tickets are $10, group rate $8,
with deluxe tickets (early admission and words from the artists) $25; available via or by phone at 800-965-9324 or at the church office.


*Three Southern gospel groups – Greater Vision, Legacy Five and The Booth Brothers - team up
for two Christmas concerts at 3 and 7 p.m. Sat. Dec. 10 in Jenison Center for the Arts, 8375
20th Ave. Jenison. Tickets range from $20 to $35 and are available online.

*Veteran inspirational singer Kathy Troccoli is featured in a Christmas concert at 7 p.m. Tues.
Dec. 13 in Covenant Fine Arts Center of Calvin College. Reserved seat tickets are $25. Purchase
tickets online,  or call the Calvin box office at 616-526-6282.

*Singer-songwriter Laura Story ("Blessings") delivers holiday songs at 7 p.m. Thur. Dec. 15 at
Grace Community Church, 3500 New Holland St. Hudsonville. Story is expected to draw from
her Christmas album, "God With Us." General admission tickets are $15 advance, $20 at the
door, available via or by phone at 800-965-9324.

*The Dove Award-winning vocal trio Selah comes to West Michigan at 7:30 p.m. Fri. Dec. 16 at
Christ Chapel at Cornerstone University. The group has several Christmas songs in its catalog,
and most recently released a hymns album. At press time, this concert was sold out. For more
information, or phone 800-965-9324.

*"An Acoustic Christmas" is the title of singer-songwriter Josh Wilson's concert at 7 p.m. Sat.
Dec. 17 in Ceglarek Fine Arts Center at Allendale High School, 10760 68th Ave. Tickets are $10
general admission, $15 VIP at or phone 800-965-9324.

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Terry DeBoer
Terry is journalist who writes for newspapers, magazines, newsletters and websites. His most frequented “beat” is arts and entertainment. He is married with two children and lives in Grand Rapids.

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