Holidays at Westminster Festival of Music to open Dec. 8

Jazz pianist Phil Orr will open the Holidays at Westminster festival of holiday music with “Jingle Bell Jazz” on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 3 p.m. in the Robert L. Annis Playhouse on the campus of Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton.SUBMITTED PHOTO
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Jazz pianist Phil Orr will open the Holidays at Westminster festival of holiday music with “Jingle Bell Jazz” on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 3 p.m. in the Robert L. Annis Playhouse on the campus of Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton.SUBMITTED PHOTO

The Holidays at Westminster Festival of Music begins with a performance by jazz pianist Phil Orr on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 3 p.m. in the Robert L. Annis Playhouse on the Westminster Choir College of Rider University campus in Princeton.

Phil Orr and More: Jingle Bell Jazz features pianist Philip Orr, joined by nationally recognized, multi-genre musicians Michael O’Brien on bass, and Sean Dixon on drums.

They’ll perform traditional yule fare such as “Jingle Bells,” “Carol of the Drums,” and “All I Want for Christmas is You,” plus other holiday favorites in thoughtful reworkings in swing, post-bop, Brazilian, Afro-Latin, New Orleans and even klezmer-infused jazz styles.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors.

The festival will continue with three performances of An Evening of Readings and Carols, a concert of holiday music for choir, organ and brass presented in the grandeur of the Princeton University Chapel. It features three of Westminster’s choirs, a choir composed of Westminster Choir College alumni, the renowned Solid Brass ensemble and organist Ken Cowan.

Performances are Friday, Dec. 13 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, De. 14 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets range from $40 to $70.

On Sunday, Dec. 15 at 4 p.m. the Westminster Concert Bell Choir, conducted by Kathleen Ebling Shaw, will present a program titled “Love Came Down at Christmas,” in Bristol Chapel on the Westminster campus in Princeton.

Their program will feature original works, transcriptions of light classics and beloved Christmas carols, performed on the world’s largest range of handbells and Choirchime Instruments.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 students/seniors

Tickets are available online at www.rider.edu/arts, by phone at 609-921-2663 or in person at the box office in the Marion Buckelew Cullen Center on the Westminster Choir College of Rider University campus in Princeton.