Christmas shows at DPAC

Nov. 27, 2013 @ 08:36 AM

Even before “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical” opens Tuesday, the Durham Performing Arts Center will start the holiday performance season with a concert this weekend. December’s schedule is filled with a variety of Christmastime concerts.
Michael McDonald brings his tour of “This Christmas: An Evening of Holiday & Hits” at 7 p.m. Sunday. The longtime songwriter and keyboardist will perform songs from his Grammy-winning albums. He also has a Christmas album, “Through the Many Winters.” Tickets range from $45-$100.
After the “Grinch,” Carolina Ballet will present another holiday tradition, “The Nutcracker,” at DPAC, with performances at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 14 and at 2 p.m. Dec. 15. Tickets range from $32-$100.
Next up is R&B singer KEM’s “What Christmas Means Tour” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16. His popular “What Christmas Means” CD released last year has been reissued as a deluxe version with new tracks. At the DPAC performance, he’ll be joined by guests Yolanda Rabun and comedian Anthony Anderson. Tickets range from $45-$100.
And another local Christmas tradition returns to DPAC with Ira David Wood III’s “A Christmas Carol” Dec. 19-22, with matinee and evening performances. It Is Raleigh’s Theatre in the Park musical comedy adaptation of the Charles Dickens’ classic holiday story. Tickets range from $40-$80.
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