That's Not Santa! at Nambour's Black Box Theatre.
That's Not Santa! at Nambour's Black Box Theatre. CONTRIBUTED

Rejoice in Handel's Messiah this festive season

CENTURIES on, it's no wonder that the power of Handel's Messiah still draws audiences year after year.

This is an oratorio you must experience at least once in a lifetime.

It features sparkling arias, magnificent choruses and one of the most famous pieces of Baroque choral music ever created: the magnificent Hallelujah Chorus.

Don't miss your chance to experience one of the greatest musical masterpieces ever as the Queensland Symphony Orchestra joins Gordon Hamilton's Australian Voices and local choirs to perform Handel's Messiah.

The one very special performance is tonight, Friday, December 16, at The Events Centre, Caloundra, at 7.30pm. Book at www.scvenuesandevents.com.au

Noosa Chorale Christmas Cheer Concert

JOIN in the Christmas spirit and sing along with Noosa's own community choir, Noosa Chorale, at its annual and much-loved Christmas Wassail.

O Little Town of Bethlehem, The First Noel and Come All Ye Faithful are just some of the favourite carols you are invited to share with the choir.

Benjamin Britten's celebrated Christmas cantata A Ceremony of Carols will also be performed.

Book a table, enjoy bar service and complimentary Christmas fare of cheese platters, mince pies and Christmas cake.

You are welcome to dress in a manner befitting this year's theme: Stars.

This event is guaranteed to make you starry-eyed with festive joy and ready for the holiday season.

The two shows are at The J, Noosa tonight and tomorrow, December 16 and 17, at 7pm.

Book at http://www.thej.com.au or call 5329 6560.

That's Not Santa!

CATCH the final performance of 3bCREATIVE PLAY UP's production of That's Not Santa! at Nambour's Black Box Theatre tomorrow, Saturday, December 17, at 2pm.

Children will love this fun family show that answers some pressing questions.

What's not to love about a naughty dog, a chewed-up Santa suit and a stylish Mrs Claus who wants to shop?

Who let the reindeer out? What will Santa wear instead?

Can anyone teach that naughty dog some new tricks?

The show is suitable for ages three to 10.

Tickets are $10, with children under two free. BYO cushions.

Book at www.stickytickets.com.au or try your luck at the door.

The Outsiders CD launch

The Outsiders is the Sunshine Coast's premiere all-abilities band, which is launching its debut EP Inside The Outside at Joe's Waterhole on Sunday, December 18, at 3pm.

This free family-friendly event will see The Outsiders play the six original tracks featured on the EP as well as some favourite covers.

The Outsiders will be joined by Sunny Coast artist MC Wheels.

The band members met four years ago when they enrolled at Nambour TAFE's all-abilities music program, designed to empower people with disability through music.

No one in the group had played in a band or written a song before.

The program was led by Sunshine Coast-based musicians Craig Cole and Michael Cheetham.

Since then, the band has gone from strength to strength and has recently been featured on Triple J Unearthed.

Playing at various venues across the Coast as well as private functions, the band members have come a long way - not only having found their voice through music, but inspiring others to step outside "comfortable” and explore their own potential.

Contact The Outsiders via their Facebook page for EP sales and bookings or email veronica_wain@yahoo.com.au