First Presbyterian Church, 2:30 and 6 p.m. Sunday, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., $14-$22; 520-7469, 884-6144, ticketswest.com, first-pres.org.
The "Christmas Joy" concert at First Presbyterian Church has been a Christmas tradition since 1986.
It's a big one, too, with a 17-piece big band, the Celtic Mountain Band, Pikes Peak Ringers, Celtic Steps dancers, members of the Colorado Springs Children's Chorale, 65-piece orchestra, 160-voice choir and soloists Lydia Countess and Alvy and Gina Powell.
"The purpose is to bring a true sense of hope through music, and a wide variety of styles that are predominantly sacred," says Jim DeJarnette, minister of music at First Presbyterian Church.
DeJarnette also wrote a new carol for the show, "This Child Brings Joy." His original carols have been a part of the event for the past five or six years, says Alison Murray, executive director of First Presbyterian Church.
"It's a great expression of the Christmas season," says Murray.
Alvy Powell, a bass baritone, is well-known for his participation in the United States Army Chorus, and for his portrayal of Porgy from George Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess." He's performed the role more than 1,100 times in the New York City Opera production and others.
"My prayer is that we will touch people's hearts," DeJarnette says, "and bring the true spirit of Christmas into their lives."
Jennifer Mulson, email@example.com, 636-0270.
Benet Hill Christmas benefit concert and silent auction - "Peace On Earth," with Trio Paradis, sing-along of Christmas carols and favorites and light holiday fare, 2 p.m. Sunday, Our Lady of Peace Chapel, 3190 Benet Lane, free, donations will benefit Robin Kissinger, Benet Hill's Sunday accompanist, who is battling pancreatic cancer; bring nonperishable food items for Tri-Lakes Cares; 633-0655, 32auctions.com/christmas benefitconcert, benethillmonastery.org.