When: Fri., Dec. 15, 8 p.m. and Sat., Dec. 16, 8 p.m. 2017
Charis, St. Louis' women's chorus, marks its 25th anniversary this year, and of course the ladies are celebrating with a concert. War & Peace features songs about the nature of charity and compassion, the necessary elements for a just society. The program includes Elizabeth Alexander's prescient anthem for change, "Fighting Over What We Believe" ("I see us fighting over what we believe, how to love and how to pray. We begin with hope and resolve and dreams, and end up fighting over what we believe"), as well some lighter songs about the domestic battles that all partners wage on the homefront. Charis: War & Peace is performed at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday (December 15 and 16) at the Missouri History Museum (Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue; www.charischorus.org). Tickets are $13 to $20.