It takes a lot to be in the U.S. Air Force: precision, commitment, drive, patriotism. These same skills make the celebrated U.S. Air Force Band one of the most skillful in the country. In 1941, the band was formed with just four musicians, but since then, it has expanded to more than 170 members in six unique ensembles with the capability to play everything from patriotic tunes to classical and jazz compositions to rock ‘n’ roll. This weekend, the band will salute the holidays with its annual holiday concert, featuring the concert band, the symphonic wind ensemble, and the Singing Sergeants, the 18-member chorus that surely will get you singing along to popular holiday tunes. Free tickets are available at various locations throughout the area and must be picked up in advance, though unclaimed seats will be made available 15 minutes before each performance.
Saturday and Sunday at DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D St. NW
Theater: Irving Berlin’s ‘White Christmas’
The 1954 film “White Christmas,” starring Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney, remains one of the most beloved movie musicals, no matter what time of year you watch it. After saving his life in World War II, Phil Davis (played in the film by Danny Kaye) convinces his friend, Crosby’s Bob Wallace, to join him in the entertainment industry, where they have good luck in business, but not in love. They happen to meet two beautiful sisters, played by Clooney and Vera-Ellen, who have a song-and-dance act, but of course, mix-ups ensue as they try to find their happily ever afters in time for Christmas. After showing on Broadway in 2008 and 2009, the stage adaptation of the film is touring the country for the holiday season. Opening Tuesday at the Kennedy Center and playing into the new year, the show features some of the most cherished of Crosby’s 1,000-plus songs, such as “Blue Skies,” “How Deep Is the Ocean,” and the warm-and-fuzzy title track.
Through Jan. 6 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F St. NW