Erie Philharmonic tops holiday watchlist, along with TSO, Groban and 'Best of Broadway'

Category:  The Arts
Tuesday, December 1st, 2020 at 10:16 AM
Erie Philharmonic tops holiday watchlist, along with TSO, Groban and 'Best of Broadway' by Margeaux Dase

With concerts and live performances continuously being pushed further and further due to COVID-19, many of us are really looking forward to being in a room with hundreds of strangers in 2021. Artists and bands have been throwing virtual concerts throughout the pandemic (especially lately), and although it’s not exactly an equivalent experience, it’s nice to have this live art at our fingertips.

With the holiday season now upon us, here are just a few performances to keep an eye out for this December.

Starting locally, the Erie Philharmonic will continue their annual Holiday Concert Tour of Homes. The series gives tours of decorated homes, along with Philharmonic performances in that same location. Tickets are $20 per household, and you’ll have access to the performances all month. All the money raised will help the Philharmonic continue to present free concerts during this 2020-21 season. They will also have a local holiday TV special on Dec. 17 at 8 p.m. on WQLN PBS. For those of you that aren’t local or don’t have a TV, the online livestream will be free and available during the performance and to rewatch a week later. All of their performances and livestream links can be found at

If you’re a fan of the Trans-Siberan Orchestra, a group widely known for their amazing Christmas performances, you can watch their livestream concert on Dec. 18 at 8 p.m. for $30 on their website: It will be a full album performance of their album, “Christmas Eve & Other Stories.”

At, you can get access to Josh Groban’s first official Christmas concert, in livestream format of course.

You may also be one of the many that likes to celebrate the season with “The Nutcracker.” There are dozens of virtual performances one can watch, for free or to pay for. I would recommend registering to watch the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s rendition. The performance is free to watch and can be watched as many times as you would like, from Dec. 17-31. Their website is

For those of you missing Broadway shows, Tina Fey will be hosting a two-hour special on Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. on NBC. The special, “One Night Only: The Best of Broadway,” will be raising money throughout the show for BroadwayCares, a non-profit that collects funds to go toward AIDS-related causes. You’ll see segments from “Rent,” “Chicago,” “Mean Girls” and “Jersey Boys,” among others.  Several guest stars will also appear, including Kristen Bell, Alanis Morissette, Leslie Odom Jr., Billy Porter and Josh Groban. While not Christmas related, it is still a special that will cheer up many.

If you are just in the mood to listen to some carols and sing along, there is plenty of that available too. is a good resource to find free and ticketed concerts, however, a simple Google search will also get you pretty far. Maybe, you are really just up to watch some opera. provides access to the public to watch an opera every day for free.

In general, many of your favorite artists are probably having a festive themed livestream concert during this time. It takes just a quick search. A few of my go-to websites for finding concert live streams are,, and I would also recommend NPR’s series “Tiny Desk.”

For a very thorough list of Christmas TV specials available this year, I strongly urge you to check out Rotten Tomatoes.

Happy Holidays!

Margeaux Dase is a staff writer for The Spectator. She can be reached at

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