January 30, 2023

This year, ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ concert is free


For nine years now, Austin Chamber Music’s holiday concert of Vince Guaraldi’s “Charlie Brown Christmas” music has been a fan favorite.

While Guaraldi’s smooth jazz evokes much nostalgia for those who grew up with it, the “Charlie Brown Christmas” soundtrack, first heard in 1966, deserves some musicological credit beyond the sentimentality. I’ts widely credited with introducing a much wider public to jazz, as well as inspiring many future musicians.

Musicians like bassist Utah Hamrick, Austin Chamber Music Artistic Director and pianist Michelle Schumann, and drummer Scott Laningham, who will come together once again this year, along vocalist Michelle Haché and Ephraim Owens on trumpet.

The show’s pandemic pivot? It will be streamed live and for free. A new performance recording is currently under production, made in the Draylen Mason Music Studio at KMFA 89.5 Classical’s new headquarters.

“A Charlie Brown Christmas” will stream twice:

  • 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11
  • 4 p.m. Dec. 13

RSVP for to get a free link to the shows at

While there’s no substitute for live performance, consider this: In the privacy of your living room, you can dance along during “Linus and Lucy” scene. Go on — you know your inner child wants to!

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin
Jeanne Claire van Ryzin
An award-winning arts journalist, Jeanne Claire van Ryzin is the founder and editor-in-chief of Sightlines.

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