Bluegrass artist Valerie Hines has led a charmed, musically saturated life. "My father was a great gospel singer, and a great tapper. My mother was an educator. She exposed me to a lot of culture," said the South Carolina native.

There’s already a feeling around town that only the holidays can bring. The performing arts, including sacred music and a comedy with gospel music, help express this excitement and celebration. Hear the words and songs in these presentations and make them your own.

Throughout his life, legendary singer Marvin Gaye’s No. 1 form of expression was music, from his early Motown days with finger-snapping tracks like "Can I Get A Witness?" and "Pride and Joy," into his lovebird years with duet partner Tammi Terrell, to introspective moments in "What’s Going O…