When: Fri., Dec. 8, 8 p.m. and Sat., Dec. 9, 8 p.m. 2017
The Gateway Men's Chorus starts its 31st season at the end of the calendar year with its always popular Christmas performance. This year's show Hark, How the Bells offers the popular favorites and Christmas carols you'd expect, as well as a special treat: Ralph Vaughan Williams' Five Mystical Songs. The piece comprises five meditations on the nature of spiritual love for a baritone soloist; Dr. Robert McNichols Jr. will be doing the honors. Also joining the GMC is the Trinity Presbyterian Church Handbell Choir, which will provide the bells for the harking. Hark, How the Bells is performed at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday (December 8 and 9) at Union Avenue Christian Church (733 North Union Boulevard; www.gmcstl.org). Tickets are $20 to $25.