Holiday music: Kurt Bestor, David Archuleta and a Nightmare Before Xmas
Composer Kurt Bestor swings with the holiday strings for his annual Christmas concerts, while Utah's own "Idol" headlines his own Abravanel Hall shows. Here's some concerts for the spirited pop fans.
Nov. 24-25 » Utah native and "American Idol" runner-up David Archuleta performs selections from his recently released Christmas album. Abravanel Hall, 123 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City; 7 p.m.; $28-$38, 801-355-ARTS or http://www.arttix.org" Target="_BLANK">http://www.arttix.org.
Nov. 30 » X96's Nightmare Before Xmas concert, featuring 30 Seconds to Mars, Say Anything and King Niko. The Rail Center, 235 N. 500 West, Salt Lake City; doors open at 7 p.m.; $18 (plus service fees) at all Graywhale Entertainment locations.
Dec. 5 » Local quintet Lark & Spur perform a program of acoustic and vocal renditions of traditional and modern carols. Grand Theatre, Salt Lake Community College, 1575 S. State St., Salt Lake City; $15 with discounts for seniors, students and military, 801-957-3322 or at door.
Dec. 16 » Master banjo player Béla Fleck & the Flecktones stop in town on their "Jingle All the Way" tour. Kingsbury Hall, 1395 E. Presidents Circle, Salt Lake City; 7:30 p.m.; $27.50-$45, 801-581-7100 or http://www.kingtix.com" Target="_BLANK">http://www.kingtix.com.
Dec. 18, 19 » Utah musician Peter Breinholt performs his annual Christmas concert. Abravanel Hall, 123 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City; 7:30 p.m.; $13-$15, 801-355-ARTS; http://www.arttix.org" Target="_BLANK">http://www.arttix.org.
Kurt Bestor's annual Christmas concerts have become as much a part of Utahns' holidays as unspiked egg nog. For the 21st straight year, Bestor will perform at Abravanel Hall and other venues, but this year he also plans to bring his multimedia concert on the road, performing where he was born: Wisconsin. "It's my first time doing a proper show in Wisconsin," Bestor said. After his shows, he plans on spending Christmas Day with his wife in Kenya.
"A Kurt Bestor Christmas" at Abravanel Hall, 123 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City; Dec. 10, 11 and 12 at 8 each night, with a 2 p.m. matinee Dec. 12; $17.50 to $37.50, 801-355-ARTS or http://www.arttix.org" Target="_BLANK">http://www.arttix.org
Trans-Siberian Orchestra has a new album, "Night Castle," and a new production that blends classical music with hard rock in a spectacle for most of the senses. The orchestra performs on Nov. 25 with two shows at EnergySolutions Arena, 301 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City; 4 and 8 p.m.; $25 to $57.50, 801-467-8499 or http://www.smithstix.com" Target="_BLANK">http://www.smithstix.com