Monday, December 2, 2013

Holiday performances to get you in the spirit

     Concerts, ballet, theatrical events and more are part of Lafayette’s holiday lineup. Here are a few to choose from. For a complete list of Cajun and Creole Christmas events, visit
     PASA presents Danú, one of the leading traditional Irish ensembles today, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, in the Heymann Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $10 to $40.
     Christmas with Aaron Neville will be 7:30 pm. Wednesday, Dec. 11, at the Acadiana Center for the Arts. The voice of the Crescent City returns to Lafayette with his full band in a special Christmas performance. 
     The popular “A Tuna Christmas” stage play returns to Cité des Arts of downtown Lafayette Dec. 12-15, 19-22 and 26-29. The comedy is set in the fictional town of Tuna, Texas, and two actors play the entire cast of more than 20 characters of both genders and various ages. For information, call (337) 291-1122.
     The Singing Christmas Tree is a Broadway-style Christmas show for the entire family with a choir singing from a massive Christmas tree. This year’s production is “Keep Calm…Christmas is Coming. Performances are 7 p.m. Dec. 13, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 14, 3 p.m. Dec. 15 and 7 p.m. Dec. 16 at the First Baptist Church in Lafayette. For information, call (800) 965-9324.
     “The Nutcracker” will be performed by Lafayette Ballet Theatre with special guests at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, at the Heymann Performing Arts Center in Lafayette. For information, call (337) 262-0444 or visit
     Looking for a special Christmas event this week? The Acadiana Symphony Orchestra, Chorus and Youth Orchestra with special guest soprano Jennifer Welch-Babidge present “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” at 6:30 pm Thursday, Dec 19, at the Heymann Performing Arts Center. In addition to traditional holiday favorites and classics including “Christmas Day” by Holst, “Messiah” excerpts by Handel, “Exultate Jubilate” by Mozart, and “Dance Bacchanal” from “Samson & Delilah” by Saint Saens, Santa will make a visit. Perfect for the whole family.
     The Mavericks with their unique blend of country, Latin and rock 'n' roll, fronted by the vocals of Cuban-born Raul Malo, perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, at the Acadiana Center for the Arts.
     This is only a tip of the holiday iceberg. Be sure and check out the full schedule at

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