Gloria Dei Chorale will renew one of Mobile’s most angelic holiday season events when it holds its 19th annual Christmas concert on Friday, Dec. 15, at 7:30 p.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception (2 S. Claiborne St.) downtown.

Under the direction of Louis F. Daniel, the vocalists will run through works by J. S. Bach, Dan Forrest, John Rutter, Ola Gjelo, William Byrd, Eric Whitacre and Louis Daniel. Tenor Marshal Richards is the soloist, and the chorale will be accompanied by a string quartet and organ.

The concert is free but any donations taken at the door will go to Victory Health Partner.
For more information, call Marian Boykin at 251-533-9810.

MOJO celebrates holidays a week early
For 14 years now, the Mystic Order of the Jazz Obsessed (MOJO) has brought a pop-up jazz club into existence on the fourth Monday of each month, to the delight of thousands of attendees. With Christmas occupying that slot in 2017, MOJO will celebrate the holiday season a week early.

On Monday, Dec. 18, 6:30 p.m., MOJO will welcome one of Mobile’s most storied jazz combos when Vibration Configuration steps to the stage of the Gulf City Lodge (601 State St.). The trio of guitarist Corky Hughes, bassist JoJo Morris and drummer John Milham have earned a reputation for hypnotizing dynamics, eclectic influences and superb musicianship since their start over a dozen years ago.

Entrance is $15, $12 for students/military and $10 for MOJO members and includes a light jambalaya dinner. A cash bar is available.

For more information, call 252-459-2298, email [email protected] or go to mojojazz.org.

MAC members fill Skinny Gallery
If you’re making the daytime rounds in downtown Mobile, a stop at the Mobile Arts Council (318 Dauphin St.) can add some additional vitality to your holiday mood. A trio of exhibitions awaits your perusal.

In the Skinny Gallery, MAC members and various media are featured. Close to 25 artists of all ages and experience levels are represented by paintings, sculpture, mixed media and photography.

Plein Air works by Satomi Atelier are in the Small Room. The Hiroshima-born and self-taught artist came to the form just nine years ago. It has taken her to exhibitions across the Gulf Coast and into juried exhibitions and several galleries.

The Danielle Juzan Gallery will host work from the students at the Southwest Alabama Regional School for the Deaf and Blind and Mobile Arc. Proceeds from artwork sold will go toward these programs.
MAC is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will be closed for the holidays from Dec. 25 through Jan. 1.

Call 251-432-9796 or go to mobilearts.org.