Springfield is home to three orchestras, an opera, and a plethora of thriving university music departments that provide quality classical music entertainment. These and other organizations allow the community the opportunity to be a part of live performances of great orchestral masterworks, chamber music and solo repertoire.
The following is a sampling of the local professional and educational organizations.
Local Christmas Concerts with free or donation-based admission:
Christmas Tuba and Euphonium Playalong
This first annual event sponsored by the Missouri State University Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble is to get individuals together to play Christmas music at the Creamery Arts Center. Anyone is welcome to join, but you will need to bring a music stand. The ensemble will provide a variety of easy Christmas music arrangements. Santa hats and other decorations on your instrument are welcome.
December 4 at 5:30 p.m.
Creamery Arts Center
411 N. Sherman Parkway
Evangel’s annual Christmas concert to benefit Ozarks Food Harvest
The 85-minute program will include performances by Evangel University’s Symphonic Orchestra, Chorale and Chorus, Jazz Band, and Madrigal Singers. The New Covenant Academy Choir, under the direction of alumna Dr. Vicki Wisdom, will also be performing.
December 4 at 7:45 p.m.
Chapel Auditorium, Evangel University
1111 N. Glenstone Ave.
Admission: donation of canned goods or cash to benefit the Ozarks Food Harvest
417-865-2715 ext. 7212
The Baptist Bible College Choir will be performing at Park Crest Baptist Church.
December 4 at 7:00 p.m.
Park Crest Baptist Church
816 West Republic Road
Christmas Celebrations with A Festival of Keyboards
This concert featuring four grand pianos along with a full choir and orchestra is being held at Ridgecrest Baptist Church.
December 5 at 7:00 p.m.
December 6 at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Ridgecrest Baptist Church
2210 W. Republic Rd.
Sounds of Christmas
The Music Department presents this annual concert, featuring the Missouri State Bands and Choirs in the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts.
December 6 at 2:00 p.m.
Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts
525 S. John Q. Hammons Pkwy.
(417) 836 - 5454.
Drury's Annual Christmas Vespers
The concert will include a reading of a Christmas narrative to celebrate the season with musical interjections along the way performed by the Drury Singers and Chamber Choir. Christmas Vespers lasts about an hour and includes the traditional Christmas carols that involve audience participation. Christmas Vespers has become a local favorite. It is suggested that people arrive early because the hall tends to fill up quickly. Following the performance there will be a reception in the chapel lounge Admission is free.
December 6 at 4 p.m.
Stone Chapel, Drury University
900 N. Benton Ave.
Christmas Benefit Concert
This concert by the Missouri State University Community Band to benefit the Pregnancy Care Center is being held at the Glendale Christian Church.
December 13 at 4:00 p.m.
Glendale Christian Church
2110 Blackman Road.
Adult price: Diapers Size 1, 2 or 3