5 Things To Do This Week – 12/11-12/17

The Newton Cultural Alliance highlights our member events happening around Newton this week. Enjoy a great winter week of arts & culture!


*Newton Baroque presents Music for Advent at the Sunday Morning Service on Sunday, December 15, at 9:50 a.m. at the Second Church in Newton, 60 Highland Street, West Newton. Newton Baroque joins the Chancel Choir at Second Church in Newton to perform the richly expressive cantata “Heulet, denn des Herrn Tage kommt” by Christoph Graupner. At the service, they will also offer up two arias by Telemann, the opening Chorus of Bach’s “Nun komm der Heiden Heiland” BWV 62, as well as an incredible ouverture for strings flutes and oboes by Christoph Graupner. FREE and open to the public. More info at newtonbaroque.org.

*New Philharmonia Orchestra presents Celebrations! on Sunday, December 15, at 3:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 848 Beacon Street, Newton Centre. Join New Phil for their annual holiday celebration filled with music, dance, and song. The program features excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker with students from the Boston Ballet School of Newton, and seasonal choral works presented in collaboration with Newton’s All City Treble Singers. It’s a festive concert for music lovers of all ages. Tickets are $10-18. More info and tickets at newphil.org.

*Zamir Chorale of Boston presents A Light Through the Ages on Sunday, December 15, at 4:00 p.m. at the Central Reform Temple at Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury Street, Boston. Join Newton’s Zamir Chorale at this lovely annual Hanukkah celebration and candle-lighting ceremony. The Chorale will perform in the cantata “A Light Through the Ages,” text by Rabbi Howard A. Berman, which weaves a chronicle of the celebration of the holiday in different times and places over the centuries. FREE and open to all. More info at zamir.org.

*Historic Newton presents a Holiday Candlelight Tour of Durant-Kenrick House on Sunday, December 15, at 4:30 p.m. at the Durant-Kenrick House & Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue, Newton. Built in 1734, the Durant-Kenrick House was the home of families who observed the winter holidays in different ways. Take a special tour of the house by candlelight led by Historic Newton staff, enjoy winter caroling, and sip hot cider and cocoa. Kids can create winter crafts, too. Register in advance or come on the day of the tour. Tickets are $15/person, $10 for Historic Newton members and children ages 10 and under. More info and register at historicnewton.org.

*Newton Free Library presents Rare and Old Books with Ken Gloss of Brattle Books on Monday, December 16, at 7:00 p.m. in their Druker Auditorium, 330 Homer Street, Newton. Join Ken Gloss for a program about old and rare books. He will talk about the history of his shop, show some of his favorite finds, describe some of the joys of the “hunt,” and explain what makes a book go up in value. Following a Q and A session, Mr. Gloss will give free verbal appraisals of all books that attendees have brought with them. Ken is the second-generation owner of Brattle Books, which goes back to circa 1825. FREE and open to the public. More info at newtonfreelibrary.net.

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