Oregon offers Christmas shows

Music, ballet and more celebrate the holidays in Portland, Eugene

By Jenny Wasson / The Bulletin

The holiday season is now in full swing. Christmas carols are hitting the airwaves, the streets are glowing with lights and families are picking out their trees.

If you are feeling a little bit like the Grinch or Ebenezer Scrooge, here are a few events around Oregon that are sure to get you into the spirit of the season.

• Portland's Oregon Symphony is bursting with holiday cheer with three concerts: “Fiesta Navidad” (Saturday), “Christmas with Johnny Mathis” (Dec. 22) and “Comfort & Joy” (Dec. 23).

“Fiesta Navidad” features the authentic mariachi band, Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano. The Grammy award-winning group will perform “traditional Mexican and American holiday songs,” according to a news release.

American singer Johnny Mathis first appeared on “The Ed Sullivan Show” in 1957. The program will be announced from the stage.

“Comfort & Joy” features the Pacific Youth Choir. The matinee concert is “a fast-paced presentation designed especially for families,” according to a news release. To purchase tickets, visit www.orsymphony.org or 800-228-7343.

• The Eugene Symphony is taking a unique approach to the holiday season by combining the circus and the symphony in “Cirque de Noel.” The concert features “stunning aerial feats, mind-boggling contortionists and juggling acts performed to songs like 'Sleigh Ride' and 'The Nutcracker Suite,'” according to a news release. The concert will be performed Sunday at the Hult Center in Eugene. To purchase tickets, visit www.hultcenter.org or 541-682-5000.

• If you missed “The Nutcracker” in Central Oregon, a few organizations are presenting Tchaikovsky's ballet this December. Featuring choreography by Toni Pimble, the Eugene Ballet Company presents the holiday classic Dec. 21-23 at the Hult Center (see above for ticket information). Pimble's version is “sometimes humorous and always unique,” according to the Hult Center's website.

Portland's Oregon Ballet Theatre Company will present “George Balanchine's The Nutcracker.” Balanchine's production premiered at the New York City Ballet in 1954. This version is a full-scale production with elaborate stage elements and intricate lighting. The ballet is currently running through Dec. 23 at the Keller Auditorium in Portland. To purchase tickets, visit www.obt.org or 888-922-5538.