- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 8, 2004

Tennessee boys

Ingram Hill’s lead singer Justin Moore describes the band’s sound as “pop rock with a Southern twist,” which is quite fitting for a band with deep Tennessee roots and a love of Elvis and The Black Crowes. The act has spent most of its four years together on the road, and the work has paid off with a major label contract. The quartet plays another night of signature rock at the 9:30 Club tomorrow with Better Than Ezra. Doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets are $20. 815 V St. NW. 202/393-0930.

Gift of music

Few concerts in the Washington area are more anticipated than the Cathedral Choral Society’s annual “Joy of Christmas” concerts at the Washington National Cathedral. This year’s performance features two world premiere works by composer Libby Larsen, “The Shepherds and the Angels,” along with Stephen Paulus’ “We Sing Thy Birth.” J. Reilly Lewis will lead this year’s works along with Washington Symphonic Brass, the combined choirs of Washington National Cathedral and the society’s organist Scott Dettra. Performances are Saturday and Sunday at 4 p.m. and Monday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 to $37. Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202/537-5527.

Space unlimited

Opened a year ago to an awed public, the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly celebrates its first anniversary Saturday with a birthday cake, costume contests, the premiere of the new Imax film “Fighter Pilot” and a rare reunion between the two men who commanded space shuttle Enterprise during its flight tests in the 1970s — Fred Haise and Joe Engle. The festivities run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It’s free, but parking costs $12. 202/633-1000.

Early celebrations

Bethesda celebrates the holidays two weeks early with a weekend full of activities for the entire family. The fun begins tomorrow with the monthly Art Walk, in which 16 galleries stay open till 9 p.m., but this month’s walk has a special holiday spin. Throughout the night, patrons will be able to enjoy carolers in certain galleries and throughout the city. On Saturday, local schools and choral groups will perform in Veterans Park from 1 to 3 p.m. On Sunday at the Bethesda library, professional storytellers Ellouise Schoettler and Kathy McGregor will tell seasonal tales. For a complete schedule and locations see www.bethesda .org.

Lincoln to Lincoln

Wynton Marsalis and New York’s Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra are making the southern trek to the nation’s capital for three nights of jazz at the historic Lincoln Theatre. Mr. Marsalis will debut one of his new works, “Suite for Nature,” and he’ll be joined by the Boys Choir of Harlem. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are $40 to $75. 1215 U St. NW. 202/328-6000

A song for everyone

Marvin Hamlisch and the National Symphony Orchestra Pops celebrate the season with four nights of festive songs and time-honored classics at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. From “Ave Maria” to “Winter Wonderland,” the songs are music to the ears. Tonight at 7 p.m. and tomorrow and Saturday at 8 p.m. The final performance is Sunday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 to $80. F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 202/467-4600.

Nutcracker with a twist

The Washington Ballet’s Artistic Director Septime Webre offers patrons something new this year with his reworking of the Christmas ballet classic, “The Nutcracker.” The new work will include references to Washington and to American history, all the while keeping the traditional story line. The opening performance is tonight at 8 p.m. at the Warner Theatre. The show continues through Dec. 26. Showtimes vary. Tickets are $20 to $59. 13th and E streets NW. 202/397-SEAT.

Early music done right

It’s not “old” music, it’s “early” music, and England’s celebrated choral ensemble the Tallis Scholars are its premier interpreters. Their concert of Renaissance sacred music Sunday at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater includes Palestrina’s choral cycle “O magnum mysterium,” a meditation on the Nativity, and other early gems. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35. 202/467-4600.

Thomas Walter

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