Top 5 School Performances: Nov 28–Dec 4

1. The School for Creative and Performing Arts performs The Nutcracker
Now is your chance to see SCPA’s dynamic new facility—the Erich Kunzel Center for Arts and Education—as the school’s award-winning dance ensemble performs a beloved holiday favorite. Dec 2­–Dec 4, at SCPA, 108 W. Central Pkwy., downtown, (513) 363-8100,

2. May Festival Youth Chorus
The May Festival Youth Chorus has been delighting listeners for more than 20 years. High school singers from around the city perform a challenging program of seasonal and holiday music. Dec 4 at Taft Museum of Art. Free tickets will be distributed at the Taft on the day of the concert beginning at 11:30 a.m., limit four per person. (513) 684-4515,

3. Ceremony of Carols
Miami University Choraliers and Chamber Singers perform Ceremony of Carols
A holiday tradition, the Choraliers and Chamber Singers perform a candlelit rendition of Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols and other traditional tunes. Directed by William Bausano. Dec 2 at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Oxford. (513) 529-3200,

4. CCM Feast of Carols
Ring in the holidays with The College Conservatory of Music—the pride of the University of Cincinnati’s arts programs. CCM Chamber Choir, Chorale and Concert Orchestra, UC Men’s and Women’s Choruses and Cincinnati Children’s Choir perform alongside guest choirs, creating a combined group of more than 300 voices. Dec 3 & 4 at Corbett Auditorium, Tickets: $12 general admission, $5 non-UC students, UC students free;

5. CCM Fall Dance Concert
This show gives CCM faculty and instructors a chance to shine. Jiang Qi directs CCM Dance in Twyla Tharp’s ballet The Story Teller and guest artist Benjamin Bowman stages the show with music by Kiyoung Kim. Also on show is the world primiere of Siete Canciones Populares, choreographed by Dance Division Head Shellie Cash with music by Manuel de Falla; Paquita, restaged by Assistant Professor Deirdre Carberry with music by Ludwig Minkus; and August Bournonville’s Flower Festival in Genzano pas de deux, restaged by Professor Qi with an adapted score by Holger Simon Pauli. Dec 2–4 at Patricia Corbett Theater, Tickets: $15 general admission, $10 non-UC students, UC students free;

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