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Accompanist Position
Hampton University Music Department accompanist needed for student recitals (general, Junior, Senior and Junior comprehensive exams). Daytime and some evening availability. Contact: Dr. Shelia J. Maye at Shelia.maye@hamptonu.edu or phone 757-728-6508

November Candlelight Concerts at Bruton Parish Church
Continuing a tradition begun by our 18th-century organist, Peter Pelham, Bruton Parish presents more than 120 recitals and concert programs annually in its Candlelight Concert series. Instrumental and choral groups from all over the United States and other countries perform in our historic church, interspersed with organ and harpsichord recitals by our own splendid musicians. Concerts are held at 8 p.m. every Saturday throughout the year and also on most Tuesdays and Thursdays from March through December. Concerts are free and open to the public and a free will donation will be taken. Free parking on Duke of Gloucester Street. Rebecca Davy, Music Director & Organist; Dr. JanEl Will, Organist & Choir Director; James Darling, Choirmaster & Organist Emeritus. Contact: bdavy@brutonparish.org or (757) 645-3431. www.brutonparish.org.
For Bruton Parish and Wren Chapel concerts visit http://ww w.acswebnetworks.com/brutonparish/music_performances

Monday, November 24, 2014, 12 noon
Noonday Concert: Christopher Michael Rorie, tenor
The Monumental UMC Noon Day Concert will feature Christopher Michael Rorie, tenor. Christopher is a native of Washington, D.C and is currently a senior at Norfolk State University majoring in music media with an emphasis in voice. He is in the voice studio of Gregory Gardner. After completing his undergraduate studies, the tenor plans to continue his vocal studies in graduate school. Christopher has sung leading roles in operas such as Basilio in " The Marriage of Figaro” (Mozart), Ferrando in "Cosi fan tutte" (Mozart), and Nemorino in “L'Elisir d'Amore” (Donizetti). He has been a soloist with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and the city of Chesapeake's production of Handel's "Messiah". He has sung in programs for the Portsmouth Music Club, the Friday Morning Music Club of Washington, DC., as well as in many churches and voice competitions throughout his young career. Christopher was afforded the opportunity in August 2014 to study at the International Summer Music Institute on the island of Ischia in Italy where he worked with Italian coaches, teachers, and seasoned professionals. His concert program will include some favorite tenor solos from the works of Mendelssohn, Handel, Mozart as well as some well-known contemporary pieces. The concert is free and open to the public. A light lunch will be served following the concert in the fellowship hall of the church for a fee of $5.00. For details please call the church at 397-1297. 50 Dinwiddie St, Portsmouth

CNU Department of Music Events
Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and open to the public and are subject to change. Please contact the Department of Music at (757) 594-7089 or visit the CNU Music home page at music.cnu.edu for updated information and student recitals. Ferguson Center for the Arts Box Office: (757) 594-8752. Event venue unless otherwise noted: Music and Theatre Hall, Ferguson Center for the Arts, Christopher Newport University, Newport News.
Monday, November 24, 12 noon
General Student Recital Music and Theatre Hall
Monday, November 24, 7 pm
Jazz Ensemble The Crow's Nest, DSU
Sunday, December 7, 4 pm
HOLIDAY HAPPENING
Tickets still available, but they are going FAST! Visit the Ferguson Ticket Office or call 855 FERG TIX Concert Hall, Ferguson Center for the Arts

November ODU Music Department Concerts
Each year, Old Dominion University’s music department faculty and student ensembles present their work to the public. All performances will take place in Chandler Recital Hall, Diehn Center for the Performing Arts, and are free and open to the public unless specified otherwise. For more information call (757) 683-4061.
Monday, November 24, 2014, 7:30 pm
ODU Brass Choir, under the direction of Mike Hall Chandler Recital Hall, F. Ludwig Diehn Center for the Performing Arts

Tuesday, November 25, 2014, 7 pm
BYOV: Opening Concert
Bay Youth Orchestras of Virginia. Please join us for an evening of Beethovan and Wagner presented by Music Director Helen Martell and Hampton Roads' finest young musicians. Tickets Prices: Advance-- Adults $10, Students $6; Day of show-- Adults $12, Students $8. To purchase visit http://tidewater.universitytickets.com TCC Roper Center for the Performing Arts, 340 Granby Street, Norfolk

Virginia Opera Presents: Opera Tales
Virginia Opera invites you to join us at the Harrison Opera House for a brand new series designed for families! Showcasing two innovative and engaging opera shorts composed by members of the Opera's music staff - plus a wonderful program by a professional children's touring company. These programs are sure to capture the imagination and attention of young viewers and parents alike! All programs will start at 11 am with fun lobby activities beginning at 9:30. Subscriptions for all three shows are just $30 for adults and $15 for kids, plus admissions tax. To purchase tickets call the box office at 866.673.7282 or go online to vaopera.org/subscribe.
November 29, 2014, 11 am
Barefoot Puppets: African Trickster Tales
March 21, 2015, 11 am
The Princess and the Pea

Sunday, November 30, 2014, 10:30 am
Sleepers, Wake! Cantata 140 (J.S. Bach)
Our Saviour's Lutheran Church choir, soloists, and chamber ensemble. This event includes a preconcert lecture (9:00 a.m.) by Ruth Griffioen, Professor of Early Music at the College of William and Mary. Based on the Lutheran chorale “Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme,” by Philipp Nicolai, this cantata remains one of Bach’s most recognized and performed works. Free will offering. www.oslcnorge.org, 757.564.3745Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, 7479 Richmond Road, Williamsburg (Norge)

Sunday, November 30, 2014, 3 pm
Virginia Symphony: Jingle Bell Jam
Santa Claus is coming to town – and he’s stopping by with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra for the Jingle Bell Jam! This concert is a perfect opportunity to share the music of the season with your children or grandchildren. Conducted by Benjamin Rous, this one-hour program offers family-friendly holiday favorites featuring a special sing-a-long to “Let it Go” from Disney’s Frozen! “We're doing a wonderful variety of music on this year's Jingle Bell Jam, specially designed for the families in our audience,” stated Rous. “We've planned some holiday works from the Classical tradition, a few gems from old caroling traditions, and some pieces that capture today's holiday spirit, including one song that approximately 100% of listeners know backwards and forwards!” The Virginia Symphony will also be joined by the Virginia Children’s Chorus. Beginning one hour before the concert, attendees are invited to participate in free crafts and activities in the lobby. Tickets are $10 for children and $15 for adults and can be purchased online at www.virginiasymphony.org or call (757) 892-6366 for more information. at Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, 201 Market Street, Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Sunday, November 30, 2014, 4:30 pm
Virginia Handbell Consort
St. Mark Lutheran Church announces the third concert of the 2014-2015 Sine Nomine series – the Virginia Handbell Consort. Now in their 23rd season the Virginia Handbell Consort, under the direction of Al Reese, is comprised of auditioned musicians performing on over five octaves of Schulmerich bells, five and a half octaves of Melody Chimes, three octaves of Petit and Fritsen bells, and other percussion instruments. Al Reese is currently an adjunct instructor of music at Norfolk State University and serves as the Music Director and Organist at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Suffolk, VA. He is a retired Army musician, having served over twenty-one years in various Army bands as a trumpet player. He appears on the Grammy Award winning recording of PDQ Bach "Music for an Awful Lot of Winds and Percussion." This lively program will usher in the Christmas season with selections that feature secular, classical and sacred literature. Experience the Virginia Handbell Consort and enjoy such favorites as: Celtic Christmas Jig, Coventry Carol, St Nick Boogie, Greensleeves, All Through the Night, and many more. Bring the Thanksgiving holiday to a close, and joyfully anticipate the Christmas season. A reception following the program will provide an opportunity to meet and talk with the performers and purchase recordings. The program is free and open to the public. Contributions will be accepted to help support the concert series. Call 898-4395 for additional information. St. Mark Lutheran Church, 118 Old York-Hampton Highway, Yorktown, VA 23692

Sunday, November 30, 2014, 5:30 pm
Annual Service of Advent Lessons & Carols
The Christ and St. Luke’s Parish Choir will lead a candle-lit service of Lessons and Carols, in the tradition of King’s College, Cambridge. Enter the season of Advent with this beautiful and meditative service. This service will be repeated on Friday, December 5 for the Tidewater Lutheran, Anglican, Roman Catholic, and United Methodist (LARCUM) chapter. For more information, visit www.christandstlukes.org or 757-627-5665.Christ and St. Luke's Church, 560 West Olney Road, Norfolk, VA 23507

Monday, December 1, 2014, 7:30 pm
Project Images
Virginia Wesleyan Concert Series. Pianist Lee Jordan-Anders celebrates the release of her latest CD, “Images: Works for Solo Piano by Claude Debussy.” With the collaboration of VWC Professor John Rudel, Jordan-Anders has taken Debussy’s music into the art classroom and invited students to respond as did Impressionist painters at the dawn of the 20th century upon hearing this new musical language. Student artworks will be featured along with the musical inspiration. All performances take place in Hofheimer Theater and are free to the VWC community; for others, tickets are $10-adults and $5-seniors/military/students unless otherwise noted. Phone 757-455-2101.Hofheimer Theater, Fine Arts Building, Virginia Wesleyan College, 1584 Wesleyan Drive on the Norfolk/Virginia Beach city line. Convenient, free parking is available nearby. Upon entering the campus, a Security Officer at the gate will direct you.

Monday, December 1, 2014, 8 pm
Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 8 pm

Bohemian String Quartet
The mission of keeping a rare musical flame alight is a noble and often challenging one, but The Bohemian Quartet is more than up to the task. In this case, the acclaimed Providence, Rhode Island-based ensemble-featuring violin, viola, cello, and bass-specializes in music of the Romany or “Gypsy” tradition, along with related Eastern European folk styles. The Bohemian Quartet was formed in 2005. Violinist, Stan Renard, a composer and virtuoso player with an impressive list of credentials, assembled the group with the idea of preserving the tradition and indulging in the virtuosic playing of classic gypsy music. Renard recruited like-minded friends: Dave Zinno on upright bass, Christine Harrington on cello, and Nancy Richardson on viola. Together they’ve made a commitment to the genre, and aspired to performing it with both reverence and adventure. Traditional Bulgarian, Roumanian, Russian, India, Romany music as well as works by Hubay, Dinicu and Brahms. Dec 1: Feldman Chamber Music Society: Single Tickets: $25 Adult; $10 Student/Child/Music Professional. Open seating tickets may be purchased at the door. For further information, please call our voice mail number at 757-552-1630. New Venue: Saint Patrick Catholic School, 1000 Bolling Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23508. Please join us for complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres at 6:30 PM, concert preview with Dwight Davis of WHRO-FM at 7:00 PM, and post-concert complimentary reception with the musicians.Dec 2: The Chamber Music Society of Williamsburg - Our 2014-2015 season is sold out. We do, however, maintain a standby list for each concert, and any seats not occupied by subscribers by 7:50 are sold to those on the standby list. In order to be placed on the standby list for a particular concert, please call Margaret Adams at (757) 258-4814 up to 10 days prior to the concert date. Tickets for individual performances cost $15, or $6 for Students. For individual tickets, call: 757 220-0051. All our subscribers and friends receive a postcard reminder approximately one week prior to each concert, as well as subscription materials each spring. If you wish to be added to our mailing list, please contact us. http://chambermusicwilliamsburg.org/contact.html Venue: Williamsburg Library Theatre, 515 Scotland Street, Williamsburg

Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 7:30 pm
TCC Chorus: Vivaldi’s Gloria
Tidewater Community College Chorus invites you to attend our fall semester concert presentation of Gloria in D by Antonio Vivaldi, RV 589, and other seasonal works. Soloists for the Vivaldi will be soprano Ellen Golliher (TCC voice faculty), mezzo soprano Bonnie Lambert-Baxter (Virginia Chorale) and mezzo soprano Monika Berry (TCC Chorus). Other works on our program are by Michael Praetorius, Hans Leo Hassler, Donald McCullough, Herbert Fromm, Roger Emerson and others. This is a free public concert. Come hear us! For questions or additional information please email dwarren@tcc.edu TCC Jeanne & George Roper Performing Arts Center, 340 Granby Street, Norfolk

Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 7 pm
Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 7 pm

Through Children's Eyes - USAF Heritage of America Band
United States Air Force Heritage of America Concert Band Holiday Concert Through Children's Eyes. Free Community Concert. “Through Children’s Eyes” highlights the joy and wonder of the holiday season, with traditional and new music performed by several of the Heritage of America Band’s ensembles. In addition to familiar favorites, music inspired by or written especially for children will be performed, including selections from Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Ballet,” the television program “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and a brand new children’s story entitled “Robbie the Raptor.” Please be in your seats by 6:45 p.m. Free and open to the public. Tickets available at www.heritageofamericaband.af.mil Jamestown High School, 3571 John Tyler Highway, Williamsburg, VA 23185

December ODU Music Department Concerts
Each year, Old Dominion University’s music department faculty and student ensembles present their work to the public. All performances will take place in Chandler Recital Hall, Diehn Center for the Performing Arts, and are free and open to the public unless specified otherwise. For more information call (757) 683-4061.
Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 7:30 pm
ODU Jazz Ensemble directed by Keith Philbrick and ODU Jazz Choir directed by John Toomey
Chandler Recital Hall, F. Ludwig Diehn Center for the Performing Arts.
Friday & Saturday, December 5 & 6, 2014, 6:30 pm
ODU Annual Madrigal Banquets: The Music of Spain and Latin America
The Madrigal Banquets feature a full meal and performances by the Madrigal Singers and Collegium Musicum. Tickets: $20 Students; $33 ODU Faculty, Non-ODU Students or Group (6 or more); $38 General. Tickets can be purchased online at oduartstix.com, or by calling (757) 683-5305 during regular box office hours. Atrium, F. Ludwig Diehn Center for the Performing Arts.
Sunday, December 7, 2014, 3 pm
Holiday Concert
ODU Symphony Orchestra, directed by Paul Kim and the ODU Wind Ensemble, directed by Dennis Zeisler Free admission. University Theatre, 4600 Hampton Blvd., between 46th and 47th streets, Norfolk

Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 12 noon
Erich Graf, flute
Flutist Erich Graf will be joined by organist Aaron Renninger in the third concert of this season's Trinity Organ Series. Works by Bach, Gluck, Manz, Woodman, and others will be included. All are invited to bring lunch and meet the artists following the FREE concert. Beverages will be provided. For more information, call (757) 229-3631, or visit www.bedeva.org/concerts. Saint Bede Catholic Church, 3686 Ironbound Road, Williamsburg

Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 7 pm
Advent Lessons and Carols
The Saint Bede Music Ministry will present an Advent Festival of Lessons and Carols. Please join with all the music ensembles of Saint Bede in this beautiful candlelit service of choral music, Scripture readings, and traditional congregational hymns of the season. Bring a friend to this annual tradition. For more information, call (757) 229-3631, or visit www.bedeva.org/concerts . Saint Bede Catholic Church, 3686 Ironbound Road, Williamsburg

Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 8 pm
Thursday December 4, 2014, 8 pm
Friday December 5, 2014, 8 pm
Saturday December 6, 2014, 8 pm

Virginia Symphony: Handel’s Messiah
Join the Virginia Symphony for this annual tradition. Benjamin Rous will lead the orchestra with the Virginia Symphony Chorus led by Robert Shoup and guest soloists Clara Rottsolk, soprano, Kirsten Sollek, alto, Zach Finkelstein, tenor, and Andrew Garland, baritone in four performances of Handel’s Messiah. This is THE Messiah of the season! Tickets range in price from $25 - $107. Students with ID are $10. Tickets can be purchased online at www.virginiasymphony.org or call (757) 892-6366 for more information. Dec 3: Regent University Theater, 1000 Regent University Drive, Virginia Beach 23464 Dec 4: Crosswalk Community Church, 7575 Richmond Rd., Williamsburg, VA 23188. Dec 5: Harrison Opera House, 160 East Virginia Beach Boulevard, Norfolk, VA 23510. Dec 6: First Baptist Church, 12716 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23606

Hampton University Department of Music December Events
Admission is free unless otherwise noted
Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 8 pm
HU Flute Choir Holiday Concert, Lori Shipley, Director Dett Auditorium
Sunday, December 7, 2014, 4 pm
The Musical Arts Society and The Department of Music presents: The Hampton University Choirs & Orchestra Handel’s Oratorio MESSIAH Sing-a-long, Contact (757) 728-6508. Donations accepted. Ogden Hall

Thursday, December 4, 2014, 7 pm
Friday, December 5, 2014, 7 pm

Through Children's Eyes - USAF Heritage of America Band
United States Air Force Heritage of America Concert Band Holiday ConcertThrough Children's Eyes. Free Community Concert. “Through Children’s Eyes” highlights the joy and wonder of the holiday season, with traditional and new music performed by several of the Heritage of America Band’s ensembles. In addition to familiar favorites, music inspired by or written especially for children will be performed, including selections from Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Ballet,” the television program “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and a brand new children’s story entitled “Robbie the Raptor.” Please be in your seats by 6:45 p.m. Free and open to the public. Tickets available at www.tcc.edu/roper TCC Roper Performing Arts Center, 340 Granby St, Norfolk, VA 23510

Friday, December 5, 2014, 10 – 11:45 am
The Symphonicity League Annual Holiday Open House and Luncheon
The home will be decorated for the holidays by the Linkhorn Park Garden Club. A luncheon and fashion show will follow at the Princess Anne Country Club (3800 Pacific Avenue) at noon-the club opens at 11 AM with a cash bar and valet parking, and live music. Fashions are from Meg’s, Etcetera, Lowenthal’s, and Sprout. Visit Symphonicity at www.symphonicity.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter Your donation of $35 will benefit Symphonicity-the Symphony Orchestra of Virginia Beach, and the Linkhorn Park Garden Club. For tickets call Carol Simons at 428-1923. 1001 Chumley Road, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451

Virginia Opera: HMS Pinafore
Virginia Opera, The Official Opera Company of the Commonwealth of Virginia, continues its celebratory 40th Anniversary Season with a spot-on production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s merry HMS Pinafore. With renowned British-born Nicola Bowie at the helm, bringing her native knowledge of the Britons’ fascination with class, this comic opera charts a course for all the laughs and puns possible as it sets sail on the HMS Pinafore, providing an evening of both improbable story and memorable tunes! Virginia Opera’s reputation for the highest quality Savoy Opera productions reaches new heights with this impressive traditional presentation of the first internationally recognized success achieved by Gilbert & Sullivan – the extravaganza of merriment – on the seafaring HMS Pinafore! The captain’s daughter falls for a lowly sailor then sets out to overturn conventional order to win her man through the power of love – imagine that! H.M.S. Pinafore will be conducted by Virginia Opera Resident Conductor Adam Turner and will introduce renowned Director Nicola Bowie, making her Virginia Opera debut, to our audiences as she brings her bountiful talents in both directing and choreography to our company. This production of H.M.S. Pinafore will exemplify what we now recognize as modern musical theatre and earns an honored place in the 40th Anniversary Season. Jake Gardner debuts the role of the amusingly absurd 'Ruler of the Queen's Navee' Sir Joseph Porter; Christopher Burchett and Margaret Gawrysiak, Captain Corcoran and Little Buttercup; the romantic leads of Josephine and the lowly sailor Ralph Rackstraw will be soprano Shannon Jennings and Cullen Gandy. Sung in English with English Supertitles. Tickets start at just $19 and are available at www.vaopera.org, 1.866.OPERA (1.866.673.7282).
Friday, December 5, 2014, 8 pm, Saturday, December 6, 2014, 2 pm: Center for the Arts George Mason University, Fairfax

Friday, December 5, 2014, 8 pm
Tuesday, December 9, 2014, 8 pm

NYFOS: Harlem Renaissance
A revival of one of NYFOS's most beloved shows, this program celebrates the explosion of African-American music and literature between the two World Wars. Awakening the world to the creative power of black America, Eubie Blake, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, Billy Strayhorn, and W. C. Handy led the way in jazz clubs and on Broadway, while J. Rosamond Johnson, William Grant Still, and Florence Price created a haunting repertoire for the recital stage. Also featuring readings from the era's iconic poets and novelists, including Langston Hughes and Paul Laurence Dunbar. Julia Bullock, soprano; Darius de Haas, tenor; James Martin, baritone; Steven Blier and Michael Barrett, pianists. $140-$200 Subscriptions for Entire Series; $40-$55 for Single Tickets; $10 for Student Tickets; $20 for Real Deal Tickets: Advance Purchase, Limited Availability and Seating. Purchase tickets online at www.kaufmanmusiccenter.org or by calling (212) 501 3330. www.nyfos.org Dec 5: Reston Community Center, Reston, VA. Dec 9: Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center, 129 West 67th Street, NYC

William & Mary Music Department December Events
Admission is free, and no ticket is required unless otherwise noted. All events on the William & Mary campus, Williamsburg, unless otherwise noted. For more details on these events please click on http://www.wm.edu/as/music/events/index.php
Friday, December 5, 2014, 8 pm – 10 pm
Symphony Orchestra Fall Concert
Performance by the William & Mary Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Dr. David Grandis Phi Beta Kappa (PBK) Memorial Hall
Saturday, December 6, 2014, 2 pm & 8 pm
Winter Choral Concerts
Performances by the W&M Choir, Botetourt Chamber Singers, and Women's Chorus. General admission/$10, Students/$3. Tickets can be purchased through the PBK Box Office at (757) 221-2674. Phi Beta Kappa (PBK) Memorial Hall
Sunday, December 7, 2014, 4 pm
Wind Ensemble Winter Concert Phi Beta Kappa (PBK) Memorial Hall

Sunday, December 6, 2014, 7:30 pm
Virginia Children’s Chorus: Britten’s Ceremony of Carols
Hear the pure, soaring voices of Virginia Children's Chorus perform Benjamin Britten's translucent A Ceremony of Carols with Virginia Symphony principal harpist Barbara Chapman. The concert also marks the release of their new holiday CD, featuring the Chorus' performance of Ceremon, and beautiful music of the season for flute & harp by the Wendells-Cross duo. Free-will offering. For more information, visit www.christandstlukes.org or 757-627-5665.Christ and St. Luke's Church, 560 West Olney Road, Norfolk, VA 23507

Saturday, December 6, 2014, 1:30 & 3 pm
Sunday, December 7, 2014, 1:30 & 3 pm

Williamsburg Symphonia: Holiday Pops Concert
The Williamsburg Symphonia presents Holiday Pops, all your favorite music of this festive season, with guest artist Susan Greenbaum returning for a second year to entertain with her stories and songs. The Symphonia is conducted by Music Director Janna Hymes, in her 11th season on the podium. Ticket sales ($25) online at www.colonialwilliamsburg.com. For details, visit http://williamsburgsymphonia.org Kimball Theatre in Merchants Square, Duke of Gloucester St., Williamsburg,parking nearby

VCC: Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols
Join the Virginia Children’s Chorus for this traditional Christmas masterpiece! The Concert Choir will be directed by Carol Thomas Downing with harp accompaniment by Barbara Chapman, principal harpist for the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. The Virginia Children’s Chorus Chamber Singers, directed by Paul Putnam, will open the concert with beautiful holiday music. Our newest CD will also be released at these concerts. “A Ceremony of Carols & Christmas Music for Flute & Harp” features our 2012 concert recording and beautiful selections by Debra Wendells Cross, flute & Barbara Chapman, harp. Concerts are free & open to the public; no tickets required. Suggested donation of $10 for all adults, $5 for students. For more information call Virginia Children’s Chorus at 440-9100 or visit www.vachildrenschorus.org.
Saturday, December 6, 2014, 7:30 pm
Christ & St. Luke’s Church, 560 W. Olney Rd., Norfolk
Sunday, December 7, 2014, 3:30 pm
St. Matthew Catholic Church, 3314 Sandra Lane, Virginia Beach

Sunday, December 7, 2014, 3 pm
Lancaster Christmas Concert 2014
The Monumental UMC annual Lancaster Concert will feature “This Child, This King,” a very lyrical Christmas work by Daniel Gawthorp as well as a variety of Christmas choral anthems from such diverse traditions as Napal, Australia, and the American Spiritual tradition. The congregation will have the opportunity to join in singing familiar Christmas carols. Guest musicians include Thom Robertson, organist; Hye-Yun Bennet, harpist; Tim Bishop, timpanist, and the Tidewater Brass Quintet. The Lancaster Concert is a long-standing Christmas tradition at Monumental . Professor A.J Lancaster was an outstanding musician, educator, and citizen of Portsmouth. He was Choir Director and Organist at Monumental for 50 years, and this annual concert is a tribute to his memory. The public is invited to attend. Monumental United Methodist Church, 450 Dinwiddie Street in Portsmouth

Sunday, December 7, 2014, 5 pm
Cantori Choral Ensemble’s 2014 Christmas Concert, Light Came Down
This year’s concert, held on the same day as Grand Illumination in Colonial Williamsburg, will focus on the coming of light into the world in the form of the Christ Child. Both old and new texts set by composers such as Stephen Main, Eleanor Daley, Matthew Oltman, Stephen Caracciolo, Andrew Carter, and John Rutter will be included on the program. Cantori is an auditioned concert choral ensemble, currently numbering twelve experienced singers, many of whom are music professionals. It is under the direction of Agnes French. Accompanist for this concert will be Rebecca Davy. Admission is free, but an offering will be received in support of Cantori. Ample parking is available at the church. Walnut Hills Baptist Church, 1014 Jamestown Road, Williamsburg

Sunday, December 7, 2014, 7 pm
Ewell Concert Series: Virginia Symphony Orchestra Holiday Brass
Ring in the holidays with a blast, as the Ewell Concert Series presents the Virginia Symphony Holiday Brass. Enjoy glorious music in a concert filled with wit and virtuosity as 20 members of the Virginia Symphony Brass and Percussion sections play a variety of styles, from classical to contemporary. Reception to follow concert in the Dodge Room. Visit www.virginiasymphony.org. Tickets available online at http://wm.tix.com/Event.aspx?EventCode=700214, at the door, or by calling the PBK Box Office (757-221-2674). $10/general public, $5/students. Phi Beta Kappa Hall, 601 Jamestown Road, Williamsburg

Sunday, December 7, 2014, 7:30 pm
Songs of the Angels
The First Presbyterian Church of Virginia Beach presents its annual Christmas concert. This year the 50 voice choir and orchestra will perform Gerald Finz’s In terra pax with soloists Kimberly Nickerson and baritone Brent Haltigan. Also on the program is Gounod’s Magnificat with Regina Rossi, soprano as well as Libby Larson’s Ringeltanze and seasonal favorites such as O Little Town of Bethlehem, The Somerset Carol, and Silent Night are also included. The concert is free and open to the public with free will donations accepted. Call 428-6332 for further information. First Presbyterian Church of Virginia Beach, corner of Pacific Avenue and 36th Street, ocean front, Virginia Beach, plenty of free parking

Hampton Roads Metro Band 2014 Holiday Concerts
The Hampton Roads Metro Band is the area’s oldest community band having been founded in 1930 as the Norfolk Fire Division Band. Over the years, the band has evolved into one of the finest performing organizations in the Hampton Roads area. All performances of the band are free and open to the public. The band’s Music Director and Conductor is Mr. Dick Schroeder, a former band director at Norfolk’s Granby High School and a former U.S. Army Trumpet player. The band’s Assistant Conductor is Mr. Ralph Spoettle, french horn section leader and owner/operator of KBD Systems of Virginia Beach. The band’s website is www.hrmetroband.org
Sunday, December 7, 2014, 5 pm
Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, Chesapeake General Hospital, 736 N. Battlefield Blvd., Chesapeake. Free
Sunday, December 14, 2014, 6:30 pm
Oaklette United Methodist Church, 520 Oaklette, Dr., Chesapeake. Free.
Sunday, December 21, 2014, 7:00 pm
Knights of Columbus Hall Council 3548, 211 W. Government Ave., Norfolk. FREE with donation of one canned food item to the Holy Trinity Food Bank

Monday, December 8, 2014, 7:30 pm
Steven Coxe & Friends: Virtuosic Chamber Music
Composer and pianist Stephen Coxe with guest artists violinist Pavel Ilyashov, organist and Christ and St. Luke’s Director of Music Kevin Kwan, contralto Kelly Montgomery, mezzo-soprano Suzanne Oberdorfer, cellist Jeffrey Phelps, and flutist Patti Watters present a program of vocal and chamber music, including the premiere of a setting of Walt Whitman’s “A Clear Midnight” in memory of Lee Teply. Copland: Preamble for a Solemn Occasion; Brahms: Violin Sonata in G Major, Op. 78; Coxe: A Clear Midnight; Messiaen: “Louange à l’Éternité de Jésus” from Quatuor pour la fin du temps; Messiaen: “Dieu parmi nous” from La Nativité du Seigneur; Debussy: Violin Sonata; Ravel: Chansons madécasses. Tickets $15, Students $5. For more information, visit www.christandstlukes.org or 757-627-5665.Christ and St. Luke's Church, 560 West Olney Road, Norfolk, VA 23507

Tuesday, December 9, 2014, 7:30 pm
The Tallis Scholars
The Tallis Scholars were founded in 1973 by their director, Peter Phillips. Through their recordings and concert performances (Royal Albert Hall, Lincoln Center, the Sistine Chapel) they have established themselves as the leading exponents of Renaissance sacred music throughout the world. Phillips has worked with the ensemble to create, through good tuning and blend, the purity and clarity of sound which he feels best serve the Renaissance repertoire, allowing every detail of the musical lines to be heard. It is the resulting beauty of sound for which The Tallis Scholars have become so widely renowned, earning wide acclaim for their supple clarity and tone of their vocal lines. Tickets starting at $27. (757)594-8752 (Ticket Office). http://fergusoncenter.org/ Christopher Newport University’s Ferguson Center for the Arts, 1 Avenue of the Arts, Newport News, Virginia 23606

Tuesday, December 9, 2014, 8 pm
NYFOS: Harlem Renaissance Darius de Haas
A revival of one of NYFOS's most beloved shows, this program celebrates the explosion of African-American music and literature between the two World Wars. Awakening the world to the creative power of black America, Eubie Blake, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, Billy Strayhorn, and W. C. Handy led the way in jazz clubs and on Broadway, while J. Rosamond Johnson, William Grant Still, and Florence Price created a haunting repertoire for the recital stage. Also featuring readings from the era's iconic poets and novelists, including Langston Hughes and Paul Laurence Dunbar. Artists: Julia Bullock, soprano; Darius de Haas, tenor; James Martin, baritone; Steven Blier and Michael Barrett, pianists. Tickets: $40-55; available online or via the Merkin Box Office: 212-501-3330. $20 'Real Deal' & $10 Student tickets still available; phone orders only, limited availability. Subscriptions ($140-200) also available. Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center, 129 W 67th, NYC

Friday, December 12, 2014, 8 pm
Saturday, December 13, 2014, 8 pm
Sunday, December 14, 2014, 4 pm

Virginia Chorale: Sing We Nowell
Organist Kevin Kwan joins the Chorale in James MacMillan's Seinte Mari moder milde, commissioned in 1995 for the famous Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at King's College, Cambridge, and carols old and new by Vaughan Williams, Britten, and others, bringing the warmth of an English Christmas to Hampton Roads. Tickets: $25, Student/$10. For details: www.vachorale.org, info@vachorale.org or 757.627.8375. Dec 12: Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 6812 River Road, Newport News. Dec 13: First Presbyterian Church, 36th Street and Pacific Ave., Virginia Beach. Dec 14: Christ & St. Luke's Church, 560 W. Olney Road, Norfolk

The Met’s Live in HD Tickets on Sale
Don't miss the Met's new season of live performance transmissions to movie theaters around the world. The 2014–15 Live in HD season kicks off on October 11 with Verdi's Macbeth, starring Anna Netrebko and Željko Lucic. Tickets to all 10 transmissions went sale Friday, August 22 at 10 am local time in the U.S. and Canada. Visit your local movie theater or go to the Met's website for more information. www.metopera.org
December 13, 2014, 12 pm
Wagner Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
LIVE. James Levine conducts Wagner's epic comedy, starring Johan Reuter, Johan Botha, and Annette Dasch. U.S. Encore: December 17, 2014, 6:30 pm

Saturday, December 13, 2014, 7 pm
Virginia Handbell Consort
Reformation Lutheran Mildred McDaniel Concert Series. The Virginia Handbell Consort is a group comprised of auditioned musicians performing on over five octaves of Schulmerich bells, five and a half octaves of Melody Chimes, three octaves of Petit and Fritsen bells, and other percussion instruments. Concert repertoire includes spectacular selections of secular, classical, and sacred pieces which demonstrate a multitude of bell techniques currently being explored by composers. An all-time favorite of the Mildred McDaniel Concert Series-goer, the VHC will perform a Christmas program. Al Reese is the Musical Director and the VHC is a crowd-pleaser. Plan to arrive early to get a seat. This event is partially supported by funding from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. The concert is free and open to the public. Contributions will be accepted to help support the Concert Series. A reception follows the concert. Visit www.reformationlutherlc.org Reformation Lutheran Church, 13100 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA

Saturday, December 13, 2013, 3 pm
Sunday, December 14, 2013, 3 pm
Friday, December 19, 2013, 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 20, 2014, 3 pm
Sunday, December 21, 2014, 8 pm
Monday, December 22, 2014, 8 pm

The Glory of Christmas
The Virginia Choral Society is a community-based choral group of over 100 voices which currently presents three major concert series each year; VCS is one of the oldest continuously performing choral organizations in Virginia having been organized in 1931. This concert year (2014-2015) is our 84th. VCS is home-based in Newport News, Virginia and performs throughout the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. General Admission $18, Senior (age 55 and over), Military (Active/Reserve/Retired), Student (age 9 and over) $15, Students (under 9 years) Free. Advance tickets are on sale at two retail outlets: Pro Music & Sound located at 2715 Route 17, Yorktown, VA in the Tabb area; you may also purchase VCS CDs at Pro Music & Sound and Peninsula Town Center, Guest Services located at 4410 East Claiborne Square, Suite 212, Hampton, VA, next to the CineBistro. Telephone is (757) 838-1505. You may also purchase tickets online through ShowTix4U.com. The "Advance" Ticket Sale prices are: General Admission $15, Senior (age 55 and over), Military (Active/Reserve/Retired), Student (age 9 and over) $12, Students (under 9 years) Free. Visit http://www.vachoralsociety.org/Ticket_Information.html Dec 13: First United Church of Christ, 1017 Todds Lane, Hampton, VA. Dec 14: Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 250 Fox Hill Rd., Hampton, Virginia, Dec 19: Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 2150 Cunningham Dr., Hampton, VA. Dec 20: Trinity Lutheran Church, 6807 Huntington Avenue, Newport News, VA 23607. Dec 21: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church, 100 Harpersville Rd., Newport News, Virginia. Dec 22: Trinity Lutheran Church, 6807 Huntington Avenue, Newport News, VA 23607.

Sunday, December 14, 2014, 10:45 am
Eastern Virginia Brass
Brass prelude. Sharon Foxwell, music director, choir and brass quintet herald the holiday season with joyous music. For information, call 757-423-8536. Royster Memorial Presbyterian Church, 6901 Newport Ave, Norfolk

Sunday, December 14, 2014, 3 pm
Candlelight Noël
FSBC Music Series. This is the beloved anchor event of our series…be sure to come listen, sing and celebrate with us. Vaughan Williams - Fantasia on Christmas Carols, Will Todd - My Lord Has Come, Robert A. Harris - One Holy Child, Willcox arr. FSBC Choir and Brass, Andrey Kasparov, organ; Robert Shoup, conductor. Free and open to the public. http://www.freemasonstreet.org Freemason Street Baptist Church, 400 E Freemason St, Norfolk, VA 23510

Sunday, December 14, 2014, 5:30 pm
Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
Carols and Anthems will highlight the traditional Christmas Story readings; Sung by the choirs of Eastern Shore Chapel, Music Director: Martin R. Sunderland. Eastern Shore Chapel Episcopal Church, 2020 Laskin Road, Virginia Beach

Sunday, December 14, 2014, 2 pm & and 5 pm
Saturday, December 20, 2014, 4 pm
Monday, December 22, 2014, 7 pm
Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 7:30 pm

A Candlelight Christmas
The Washington Chorus, Julian Wachner, Music Director, Side-by-Side with A CAPPELLA! Celebrate the splendor of the season with The Washington Chorus’s beloved holiday event and an annual favorite with audiences. With brass, organ, percussion, harp, and the 200-voice chorus, the program features Christmas classics, sing alongs, theatrical lighting, and the glorious candlelight processional. These concerts sell out early! Tickets: Call (202) 342-6221 or visit: http://www.thewashingtonchorus.org/tickets Dec 14, 20, 22: Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington D.C. Dec 23: Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD

Monday, December 15, 2014, 7:30 pm
Tidewater Winds Holiday Concert
The Tidewater Winds Concert Band, John Brewington, Music Director, presents the annual holiday concert. Tickets: www.tidewaterwinds.org Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, 201 Market Street, Towne Center, Virginia Beach, 23462

Monday, December 15, 2014, 10 pm
NYFOS After Hours at Henry's Restaurant: A Goyishe Christmas To You!
Yuletide Songs by Jewish Composers. The wildly popular program returns for a fifth year at HENRY's restaurant with new additions to this year’s cast. Songs range from "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" (sung in Yiddish)to "Winter Wonderland," "O Holy Night," "Let it Snow" and Tom Lehrer's "Hannukah in Santa Monica." Featuring a vibrant young cast: WALLIS GIUNTA, mezzo-soprano; ALEX MANSOORI, tenor; JOHN BRANCY, baritone; JOSHUA JEREMIAH, baritone; JOSHUA BREITZER, cantor among other surprise guests with ALAN KAY, clarinet; STEVEN BLIER, pianist/arranger and host. $10 Cover; Reservations Required: 212-866-0600. Walk-ins are always welcome at the bar. Henry's Restaurant, 2745 Broadway, New York, NY (at 105th Street)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 7:30 pm
Virginia Beach Chorale: Sing We Now of Christmas
The Virginia Beach Chorale, under the direction of Dr. Don Krudop, presents Sing We Now of Christmas . The program offers well-loved holiday favorites with beautiful new arrangements, including “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” “Joy to the World,” “In the Bleak Mid-Winter,” “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” “Jingle Bells” and much more! The Virginia Beach Chorale is delighted to welcome the Tallwood High School Madrigals, under the direction of Corbin Thomas Shoup, as their guest artists during this concert. The Madrigals will present several vocal selections and then join the Chorale for the finale, “God Bless Us Everyone,” from Disney’s “A Christmas Carol.” Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy some of the Christmas spirit by joining the Virginia Beach Chorale for this heart-warming holiday event! Tickets are only $18 for Adults; $15 for Seniors/Military and $12 for Students. Call 757-385-2787 for tickets and information, or visit www.virginiabeachchorale.org Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, 201 Market St, Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 7 pm
Vienna Boys Choir
Vienna Boys Choir - the name alone conjures images of majestic holiday celebrations held around the globe. This year, the sonic celebration takes place at The American Theatre. Come alone, or with the special people in your life, to experience the soaring voices and exquisite vocal discipline of the Vienna Boys Choir, in an evening sure to lift your spirits and provide a brief but glorious rest from the hustle and bustle of what we know as ‘the most wonderful time of the year’. The performance starts early - because the boys need to get to bed at a reasonable hour - but that makes the event perfect for students as well! Tickets: $45/$40. www.ticketmaster.com or 1-800-745-3000. Purchase Tickets in Person at The American Theatre Box Office, 9am – 5pm, Monday – Friday: 757-722-2787. www.hamptonarts.net. American Theatre, 125 E. Mellen Street, Hampton, VA 23663

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 7:30 pm
GSA: Handel's Messiah
The Governor’s School for the Arts Vocal Music Department, Alan Fischer, Chair, presents Handel’s Messiah accompanied by the GSA Chamber Orchestra. Tickets: $20/$15 showtix4u.com First Presbyterian Church, 820 Colonial Ave, Norfolk

Friday, December 19, 2014, 8 pm
Saturday, December 20, 2014, 8 pm

Virginia Symphony: Holiday POPS!
Robert Shoup will conduct the must-see holiday event of the season – the Holiday POPS! “I am so excited about this year’s Holiday Pops, which will truly be unlike any we’ve done before,” stated Shoup. “This year features the electrifying Raleigh Ringers whose incredible music will take your breath away! We are also thrilled to offer a couple of surprises from our own VSO Chorus in honor of their 25th Anniversary Season. From the carols and songs you love best to unexpected musical adornments, this program is a sonic celebration of the season!" The Virginia Symphony will be joined by the Raleigh Ringers, an internationally acclaimed, advanced community handbell choir based in Raleigh, North Carolina, and a dance trio from Todd Rosenlieb Dance. Holiday POPS tickets range in price from $25 - $107 and can be purchased online at www.virginiasymphony.org or by calling (757) 892-6366. Students with ID are $10. Dec 19: Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, 201 Market Street, Virginia Beach 23462 Dec 20: Chrysler Hall, 215 St Pauls Blvd., Norfolk, VA 23510

Sunday, December 21, 2014, 9:30 & 11 am
GBPC: Sing Noel!, a Carol Service by Hal H. Hopson
Join us for this festive service of lessons and carols which features the Chancel Choir, Alleluia Ringers, guest readers, and members of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Billye Brown Youmans, Director of Music. This unique carol service contains a variety of carols from many traditions. The traditional scripture lessons have been replaced by exquisite poetry, chosen from many of the great poets throughout the centuries to texts from Christmas hymns. All this is woven together to create an exceptional service of worship. The Chancel Choir at Great Bridge Presbyterian Church has completed two international tours; Scotland in 2012 and Germany and Austria in 2007. The choir received a personal invitation from composer Mark Hayes and will make its Lincoln Center debut in May 25, 2015, under the baton of the composer performing his Requiem. Free and open to the public, a nursery will be provided. For information, call 757-547-4706 or visit www.gbpres.org Great Bridge Presbyterian Church, 333 Cedar Road (across from the Chesapeake Municipal Complex), Chesapeake, VA

Sunday, December 21, 2014, 5 pm
Monumental UMC: In Bethlehem Inn
Fund raiser for the original Nativity that was part of Coleman’s Winter Wonderland for many years. Join us for dinner and a wonderful “you are there” Christmas play, “In Bethlehem Inn,” There is no cost, but a free will offering will be taken. Reservations required. You may make reservations by calling Dorothy Williams in the church office at 397-1297 between Monday, November 17 and Friday, December 13 at 3:00 pm. Monumental United Methodist Church, 450 Dinwiddie Street in Old Towne Portsmouth

Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 2:30 & 4:30 pm
Eastern Virginia Brass: Brasstastic Holidays!
Begin your holiday festivities with all that Jingle Bell jazz. Then continue the 45 minutes’ worth of joy with Sleigh Ride, Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer, the Saints Halleluiah, Nutcracker and hum along—no sing-along to a good sprinkling of traditional holiday favorites and beautiful Christmas carols. Wonderful, fun, heartwarming—and Brasstastic for all ages. . For ticket information, call (888) 965-7254. DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, 325 W Francis St, Williamsburg

Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 8 pm
Symphonicity: Messiah Sing Along
We are pleased to present our 32nd Annual FREE Messiah Sing Along as our gift to the community. The audience sings as the chorus and professional soloists perform solos in the Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah. Music Director and Conductor David S. Kunkel will lead the orchestra. Messiah scores will be on sale in the lobby prior to the concert for $10. Doors to the theater open at 7:15 PM. Singers with scores will be seated on the first floor. Observers may sit in the mezzanine or balcony sections. Free and open to the public. Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, 201 Market St, Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Wednesday, December 24, 2014, 4:30 pm
Eastern Virginia Brass
Celebrate Christmas Eve with the parish. R. Scott Foxwell, music director, choir, pastor and congregation. For information call 757 481-0577. All Saints Episcopal Church, 1969 Woodside Lane, Virginia Beach

Wednesday, December 24, 2014, 10:30 pm
Service of Lessons and Carols
Celebrate a service of lessons and carols beginning with a 30 minute brass prelude by Eastern Virginia Brass at 10:30 pm followed by followed by a Service of Lessons and Carols at 11:00. Music by Vaughan Williams, Robert Hobby, John Rutter and David Willcocks along with favorite carols. Music Director David Kunkel. For information, call 757-428-6332. First Presbyterian Church of Virginia Beach, 300 36th St, Virginia Beach

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