The holiday season is, of course, prime time for nostalgia for bygone days and homespun homilies. And if anyone has cornered the market on those areas, it's Garrison Keillor. The Prairie Home Companion host and Lake Wobegon Days scribe has always had a merry musical bent, and he'll team with the Houston Symphony for a holiday program featuring his sung and spoken stories to orchestral accompaniment. "The rhythm of Garrison's humor is so well complemented by symphonic music," says the symphony's Amanda Tozzi. "He'll use it cleverly to help tell his stories." Tozzi notes that the program will include standard traditional and Danish holiday songs, Christmas stories, Keillor's take on the Mendelssohn melodies in A Midwinter's Night Dream, and something called "Johnny Johnson's Christmas." 7:30 p.m. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana. For information, call 713-224-7575 or visit www.houstonsymphony.org. $35 to $130.
Wed., Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m., 2009