Maestro Barry Hemphill guides the 100-voice Metropolitan Chorus through stirring vocal performances, celebrating the chorus’s 45th holiday season with "Music to Cheer the Soul." The century of trained crooners will join forces with skilled brass musicians to take on traditional holiday carols in a concert as heartwarming as a puppy calendar roasting over an open fire. The Trinity Handbells accompany the singers with tinkling tones that recall the Yuletide season’s abundant church bells, reindeer bells, and Santa alarm bells. As the conductor’s waving hands cue musicians through rousing holiday jingles and prayerful melodies, audiences feel free to sing along with the timeless refrains.
When visitors enter the two-story lobby of the Hylton Performing Arts Center, their eyes dart from the purple carpeting to the stately pillars—all accented by light streaming in from the windowed exterior. Inside the 85,000-square-foot events center, ballet performances unfold in the dramatically modern hall, toes tap along with cabaret shows in the intimate theater space, and exhibits by local artists and dexterous stagehands open windows to other worlds in the second-floor art gallery.
Despite their determinedly of-the-moment sound, Redfoo and Sky Blu are carrying on a long pop lineage: the former is Motown founder Berry Gordy's son, the latter his grandson. As red-hot electropop duo LMFAO, the uncle-nephew pairing electrifies dance floors with manic odes to party life. The 2012 Sorry for Party Rocking tour explodes with fan favorites such as "Party Rock Anthem" and newer hits such as "Sexy and I Know It," which has a bouncy swagger that dominated the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 28 weeks. Meanwhile, the band parades in neon animal prints amid backup dancers, bobbing beneath giant robot heads, tossing inflatables into the crowd, and creating a spectacle Metro Weekly calls "enormously entertaining."