Fri., Dec. 14, 8 p.m. and Sat., Dec. 15, 8 p.m. 2012
In a bit of underselling that's refreshing at this time of year, the Kansas City Symphony calls its annual holiday show simply the Christmas Festival
. It's a compact title for a bulging stocking of a bill, full of carols, wintry sounds and talented guests. Under Aram Demirjian's baton, the symphony and its chorus get assists from the Allegro Children's Choir, organist Jan Kraybill, touring show-tune chanteuse Whitney Claire Kaufman, and the local ensemble Rezound Handbells — all of whom benefit from Helzberg Hall's joyous acoustics. Tonight's is one of six performances at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts (1601 Broadway, 816-994-7200); call 816-471-0400 or see kcsymphony.org
for times and tickets.