- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 30, 2008

Choral

• Alexandria Choral Society: “Gloria! Annual family holiday concert with the adult and children’s ACS choruses, the Aldersgate Church Choir, brass octet, percussion and organ. Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Fort Hunt and Collingwood roads, Alexandria. 8 p.m. Dec. 13 and 3 p.m. Dec. 14. A suggested donation of $15 will be taken in lieu of concert tickets. 703/548-4734, www.alexchoralsociety.org.

• Cathedral Choral Society: “The Joy of Christmas. With the Madrigal Singers of St. Albans and National Cathedral Schools and featuring the premiere of a carol by Alice Parker. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues Northwest. 4 p.m. Dec. 13 and 14, $20-$80; family matinee at noon Dec. 13, $25. 202/537-6200, www.nationalcathedral.org.

• Catholic University of America: 20th annual Christmas concert for charity. The CUA Chorus and Symphony Orchestra join the Choir of the Basilica. Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Ave. NE. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5. Free, donations invited. 202/526-8300, www.nationalshrine.com.

• Choral Arts Society of Washington: Christmas Music. With orchestra and soprano Kelley Nassief. Kennedy Center Concert Hall, 7 p.m. Dec. 15 and 1 p.m. Dec. 20 and 24. $15-$65. Family Christmas Concerts, Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, 2 and 4 p.m. Dec. 21. $20-$30. 202/244-3669, www.choralarts.org.

• Maryland Chorus: Annual holiday concerts. Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park. 8 p.m. Dec. 6 and 3 p.m. Dec. 7. $25. 301/405-2787, www.claricesmithcenter.umd.edu.

• Master Chorale of Washington: “Christmas Candlelight Concert.” Holiday music, candlelight processional and recessional, with brass, harp, organ and percussion. Kennedy Center Concert Hall. 7 p.m. Dec. 21 and 8 p.m. Dec. 22. $25-$80. 202/337-7464, www.masterchorale.org.

• Metropolitan Chorus: “Brass & Bells.” With the Virginia Bronze Handbell Ensemble. Thomas Jefferson Theatre, 125 S. Old Glebe Road, Arlington. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20. $18, $15 seniors/military and $5 youth. 703/933-2500, www.metchorus.org.

• National Men’s Chorus: An American Christmas, with piano accompaniment and soprano Debi Smith. Annandale United Methodist Church, 6935 Columbia Pike, Annandale. 7 p.m. Dec 14. $15, free for students and children. 202/244-7191, www.nationalmenschorus.org.

• New Dominion Chorale: “Noel!” Seasonal classical and traditional music and carols with string orchestra and soloists. Rachael M. Schlesinger Concert Hall, Northern Virginia Community College, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. 4 p.m. Dec. 7. $25, $20 seniors, $5 children and students. 703/442-9404, www.newdominion.org.

• Vienna Boys Choir: “Christmas in Vienna.” Holiday music from Gregorian chant through modern Christmas carols. Center for the Arts, George Mason University, Braddock Road and Route 123, Fairfax. 8 p.m. Dec. 19. $23-$46. 703/993-2787, www.gmu.edu/cfa.

• Washington Bach Consort: “An International Christmas. Chorus with organ accompaniment. National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW. 3 p.m. Dec. 21. $20-$55. 202/429-2121, www.bachconsort.org.

• Washington Chorus: Music for Christmas. With Coral Cantigas and the Annandale Singers. Kennedy Center Concert Hall, 4 p.m. Dec. 20 and 5 p.m. Dec. 22; Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, 5 p.m. Dec. 21. $15-$60. 202/342-6221, www.thewashingtonchorus.org.

• Washington Men’s Camerata: “Christmas with the Camerata.” Fairlington United Methodist Church, 3900 King St., Alexandria, 8 p.m. Dec. 6; Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW, 4 p.m. Dec. 7; Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church, 6601 Bradley Blvd., Bethesda, 4 p.m. Dec. 14. $25, $60 family, $15 students. 202/364-1064, www.camerata.com.

• Washington Women’s Chorus: “Songs and Stories of Christmas.” With author and broadcaster Cokie Roberts as narrator and the Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart Handbell Choir. Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. 4 p.m. Dec. 7. $20, $18 students and seniors. 202/244-7367, www.washingtonwomenschorus.org.

Early music

• Folger Consort: A Spanish Christmas: Festive music from Spain’s Golden Age. With the Concord Ensemble and guest instrumentalists, the consort performs music from 16th- and 17th-century Spain. Folger Elizabethan Theatre, 201 E. Capitol St. SE. 8 p.m. Dec. 12, 13, 19 and 20; 5 p.m. Dec. 13, 14, 20, 21; 2 p.m. Dec. 14 and 21; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17 and 18. $40. 202/544-7077, www.folger.edu.

• Suspicious Cheese Lords: “Christmas Concert.” Seasonal medieval and Renaissance music for unaccompanied male voices. St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 4900 Connecticut Ave. NW. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17. Free. 877-278-5973, www.cheeselords.org.

• Voices XXI: Renaissance music by Palestrina and Philips, plus carol settings for a cappella chorus. Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia, Md., 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13; Chevy Chase United Methodist Church, 7001 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase, 3 p.m. Dec. 14. Free, donations accepted. 240/643-6563, www.voicesxxi.org.

Folkways

• The Alexandria Kleztet: The “alternative klezmer” quartet performs at the Festival of Lights Art and Craft Fair. Greenbelt Community Center, 15 Crescent Road, Greenbelt. 2 p.m. Dec. 7. Free. 301/397-2208, www.greenbeltmd.gov.

• Barnes and Hampton Celtic Consort: “A Celtic Christmas.” Seasonal offerings on lute, Celtic harp, flute, uillean pipes, Irish banjo and bodhran, interspersed with dramatic readings by XM Radio’s Robert Aubrey Davis, all to candlelight. Dumbarton Church, 3133 Dumbarton St. NW. 4 p.m. Dec. 6, 7, 13 and 14; 8 p.m. Dec. 6 and 13. $30, $26 seniors and $15 youth. 202/965-2000, www.dumbartonconcerts.org.

• “Holiday Vaudeville”: Cajun cellist Sean Grissom joints klezmer quartet Alexandria Kleztet and tap dancer/comedian Rod Ferrone for seasonal vaudeville. Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. 6 p.m., Dec. 19 and 20. Free. 202/467-4600, www.kennedy-center.org.

• Leahy: “A Leahy Family Christmas.” The Canadian octet of brothers and sisters performs fiddle-driven music, step dancing and vocals exploring its Celtic roots in Ireland and Scotland. Center for the Arts, George Mason University, Braddock Road and Route 123, Fairfax. 8 p.m. Dec. 13. $23-$46. 703/993-2787, www.gmu.edu/cfa.

• “Seasons of Light”: A multicultural celebration of global winter holidays for ages 5-10. Discovery Theater, S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. Monday through Friday, Dec. 1-23, 10:15 a.m. and 11:30, Wednesdays at 1 p.m. Family Special, Dec. 13 at noon. $5-$10. 202/633-8700, discoverytheater.com.

• Teada: “Irish Christmas in America.” The Irish traditional band Teada, joined by singer Karan Casey, explores the customs and music of the Emerald Isle’s Yuletide season. National Geographic’s Gilbert H. Grosvenor Auditorium, 1600 M St. NW. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 and 12. $30. 202/857-7700, www.nationalgeographic.com.

• “A Chanukah Feast in Concert”: Washington-area Jewish musicians join in a stage version of the popular CD. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 8 p.m. Dec. 27. $21. 301/581-5100, www.strathmore.org.

• Washington Revels: The 26th annual Christmas Revels presents “A French-Canadian Winter Celebration.” Celebrates the winter solstice with music, dance and drama highlighting the holidays in early Quebec. George Washington University, Lisner Auditorium, 21st and H streets Northwest. 2 p.m. Dec. 6, 13 and 14; 1 and 5 p.m. Dec. 7; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6, 12 and 13. $18-$45, $12- $27 children 18 and younger. 800/595-4849 or 202/723-7528, www.revelsdc.org.

Bands

• Beltway Brass Quintet: Jazzy and jaunty arrangements of holiday favorites. Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. 6 p.m., Dec. 11. Free. 202/467-4600, www.kennedy-center.org.

• Canadian Brass: Classical music, carols and jazzy renditions of seasonal songs. Kennedy Center Concert Hall, 7 p.m. Dec. 1. $35-$60. 202/467-4600, www.kennedy-center.org.

• Merry TubaChristmas: More than 100 tubas, sousaphones and euphoniums welcome the season in the Kennedy Center Foyer. 6 p.m., Dec. 8. Free. 202/467-4600, www.kennedy-center.org.

• U.S. Army Band: “A Holiday Festival.” With special guest soprano Jennifer Larmore. DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D St. NW, 8 p.m. Dec. 12 and 13 and 3 p.m. Dec. 13 and 14. Free, but all tickets have been distributed. Stand-by tickets available, but not guaranteed, one hour before performance at DAR box office. 703/696-3399, www.usarmyband.com.

• U.S. Marine Band: “Holiday Sing-A-Long.” “The President’s Own” joins community choral groups and an expected audience of more than 7,000 in Christmas carols and Hanukkah songs. Wolf Trap Filene Center, Vienna. 4 p.m. Dec. 7. Free. Bring a bell to ring and a candle to light during performances, as well as a new, unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots. Dress warmly for this open-air event. First-come, first-served seating starts at 3 p.m. 703/255-1900, www.wolftrap.org.

• U.S. Navy Band: “Season of Magic.” DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D St. NW. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20, 3 p.m. Dec. 21. Free, tickets required and may be ordered (limit four) by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Holiday Tickets (W), U.S. Navy Band, P.O. Box 70271, Washington, DC 20024-0271 (designate “A” for Saturday, “B” for Sunday). Please allow 1-4 weeks for delivery. 202/433-2525, www.navyband.navy.mil.

• Washington Symphonic Brass: “Holiday Celebration.” Everything from Bach to Christmas carols and Hanukkah tunes. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 22. $29-$40. 301/581-5100, www.strathmore.org.

Pop

• Fairfax Symphony Orchestra: “Holiday Pops.” Chorus and orchestra perform carols and holiday songs. Center for the Arts, George Mason University, Braddock Road and Route 123, Fairfax. 3 p.m. Dec. 14. $25-$45. 703/993-2787, www.gmu.edu/cfa.

• National Symphony Orchestra Pops: “Happy Holidays.” Kennedy Center Concert Hall. 7 p.m. Dec. 11 and 14, 8 p.m. Dec. 12 and 13. $20-$85. 202/467-4600, www.kennedy-center.org.

• Rockapella: “A Rockapella Holiday.” Seasonal offerings by the male a cappella quintet include soul, rock, R&B and jazz. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 8 p.m. Dec. 9. $21-$55. 301/581-5100, www.strathmore.org.

Jazz

• All-Star Christmas Day Jazz Jam: With vibraphone, piano, drums, trumpet, bass and vocals. Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. 6 p.m. Dec. 25. Free. 202/467-4600, www.kennedy-center.org.

• National Public Radio: “A Jazz Piano Christmas.” Jazz pianists perform their seasonal favorites, recorded for later broadcast on NPR. Kennedy Center Terrace Theater. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Dec. 4. $35. 202/467-4600, www.kennedy-center.org.

• Christopher Parkening and Jubilant Sykes: Guitar-vocal duo draws on gospel and jazz influences to present holiday classics. Center for the Arts, George Mason University, Braddock Road and Route 123, Fairfax. 8 p.m. Dec. 20. $22-$44. 703/993-2787, www.gmu.edu/cfa.

Opera

• “Christmas Opera Night”: Opera favorites and Christmas music sung by tenor Mike Blaney and other soloists to piano accompaniment. Cafe Mozart, 1331 H St. NW. 7 p.m. Dec. 17. No cover charge with dinner. 202/347-5732, www.cafemozartgermandeli.com.

• Alessandra Marc: The noted soprano joins the National Gallery Orchestra in a Christmas concert. National Gallery of Art, West Building, West Garden Court, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue Northwest. 6:30 p.m. Dec. 21. Free. Admission is first-come, first-seated, beginning at 6 p.m. 202/737-4215, www.nga.gov.

• “Music of the Sea: A Norwegian Christmas”: The New York Opera Society and soloists from Norway present an evening of operatic excerpts and classical repertoire. National Gallery of Art, West Building, West Garden Court, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue Northwest. 6:30 p.m. Dec. 14. Free. Admission is first-come, first-seated, beginning at 6 p.m. 202/737-4215, www.nga.gov.

Miscellaneous

• Bethesda’s Winter Wonderland: Local groups perform a cappella and gospel music for the season. Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. 8 p.m. Dec. 5. Free. 301/215-6660, www.bethesda.org.

• Capital City Symphony: Annual community carol sing with Congressional Chorus. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 3 p.m. (family performance) and 7:30 p.m. (holiday cheer for grownups) Dec. 14. Free. 202/399-7993, www.atlasarts.org.

• Caroling at the National Gallery of Art: Visitors are invited to sing along with guest choirs and ensembles. National Gallery of Art, West Building, Rotunda, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue Northwest. 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 13, 14, 20 and 21. Free. 202/737-4215, www.nga.gov.

• Carol Ringers and Peace Ringers: Northern Virginia high-school-age handbell choir joins adult handbell choir in sacred and popular holiday music. Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. 6 p.m. Dec. 23. Free. 202/467-4600, www.kennedy-center.org.

• “Christmas Pageant of Peace”: Begins with the lighting of the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse, south of the White House between 15th and 17th streets Northwest, 5 p.m. Dec 4. Tickets for the lighting ceremony, featuring the U.S. Air Force Band and other musicians, have already been distributed, but standees are welcome. Performances of holiday music by choruses and bands from the Mid-Atlantic region will take place between 6 and 8:30 p.m. Dec. 6-23. Visitors also can view model trains and decorated trees representing every U.S. state and territory and the District of Columbia, and warm up before a blazing bonfire. Free, no tickets required. 202/208-1631, www.nps.gov/whho.

Handel’s ‘Messiah’

• Baltimore Symphony Orchestra: “Too Hot to Handel: The Gospel Messiah.” With the Morgan State University Choir in a jazzy and soulful interpretation. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 8 p.m. Dec. 5. $25-$80. 301/581-5100, www.strathmore.org.

• Metropolitan Chorus: “Annual Messiah-Sing.” Sing-along. First Presbyterian Church of Arlington, 601 N. Vermont St., Arlington. 5 p.m. Dec. 6. Free. 703/933-2500, www.metchorus.org.

• National Philharmonic: Orchestra, chorus and vocal soloists. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 8 p.m. Dec. 6 and 3 p.m. Dec. 7. $29-$79, free for children ages 7 to 17. 301/581-5100, www.strathmore.org.

• National Symphony Orchestra: Joined by vocal soloists and the Master Chorale of Washington. Kennedy Center Concert Hall. 7 p.m. Dec. 18, 8 p.m. Dec. 19 and 20 and 1 p.m. Dec. 21. $20-$80. Donations of canned goods are encouraged to benefit the Capital Area Food Bank. 202/467-4600, www.kennedy-center.org.

• Sing-along with chorus, orchestra and soloists: Fairlington United Methodist Church, 3900 King St., Alexandria. 4 p.m. Dec. 7. Free. 703/671-4057, www.fairlingtonumc.org.

• Sing-along with the Opera House Orchestra, soloists and a 200-voice chorus. Kennedy Center Concert Hall. 8 p.m. Dec. 23. Free; tickets required and will be given away one to a person standing in line outside Concert Hall beginning at 6 p.m. on day of concert. 202/467-4600, www.kennedy-center.org.

• Washington National Cathedral Choir: Accompanied by a Baroque-period orchestra and soloists in an authentic presentation. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues Northwest. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5 and 4 p.m. Dec. 7. $20-$80. 202/537-6200, www.nationalcathedral.org.

‘The Nutcracker’

• The Joffrey Ballet: Victorian version choreographed by the companys founder. Kennedy Center Opera House. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11-14 and 1:30 p.m. Dec. 12-14. $47-$150. 202/467-4600, www.kennedy-center.org.

• Momentum Dance Theatre: A jazz and hip-hop adaptation to Duke Ellington’s version of Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite,” plus hip-hop tracks, break-dancing and rap. Stuart Hobson Middle School, 410 E St. NE, 3 p.m. Dec. 13 and 14, 8 p.m. Dec. 14; Prince George’s County Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly, 3 p.m. Dec. 20 and 21 and 8 p.m. Dec. 21. $10-$20. 202/785-0035, www.momentumdancetheatre.com.

• Puppet Company: A puppet version. Puppet Company Playhouse, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays through Fridays (with special Tiny Tot shows Dec. 9) and 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 31. $10 ($5 for Tiny Tots shows). 301/320-6668, www.thepuppetco.org.

• Rockville Civic Ballet: F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, Rockville Civic Center, Baltimore Road and Edmonston Drive. 2 and 4 p.m. Dec. 6, 7, 13 and 14 and 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Dec. 6 and 13. $14, $10 seniors and children 12 and younger. 240/314-8690, www.rockvillemd.gov.

• Washington Ballet: A version set in early Washington choreographed by company director Septime Webre. Warner Theatre, 1299 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 7 p.m. Dec. 11-13, 16-20 and 23, 26 and 27; 2 p.m. Dec. 13, 20, 23 and 27; 1 p.m. Dec. 14, 21, 24 and 28; 5:30 p.m. Dec. 21 and 28. $29-$93. 202/397-SEAT, www.washingtonballet.org.

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