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Virginia Children’s Chorus Auditions
Do you know a child who loves to sing? The Virginia Children’s Chorus will hold auditions for new students for the spring season on Monday, January 5, Tuesday, January 6 & Saturday, January 10, 2015. Auditions will be at Talbot Park Baptist Church, 6919 Granby St., Norfolk. Auditions must be scheduled in advance by calling our Chorus Manager at (757) 440-9100. We welcome boys and girls entering grades 1 to 12 – from young beginners to serious high school singers. We have a choice of Norfolk or Virginia Beach rehearsal sites for singers in the two younger choirs (approx. grades 1 to 7). Group try-outs are available for children entering grades 1 through 3. All students receive excellent voice training and perform in concert while making new friends and having fun! To learn more about how the Virginia Children's Chorus can help your child discover the joys of singing, call 440-9100 or e-mail us at vcccmgr@verizon.net. For more details, go to www.vachildrenschorus.org.

Williamsburg Music Club Scholarship Auditions
The Williamsburg Music Club has announced its call for applicants for its annual Grants-in-Aid Auditions. The application deadline is January 14th, 2015 and the competition will be held on Saturday, March 14th, 2015 in Ewell Hall at The College of William & Mary. Students in grades 5 - 8 are eligible for the Junior Division and students in grades 9 - 12 are eligible for the Senior Division. Awards are made in the Keyboard classification including piano, organ and harpsichord, the Orchestral classification including violin, viola, cello and bass, the Winds and Other classification including band and orchestral winds, guitar, harp, percussion and voice. Monetary and performance awards will be offered in the above categories. Three professional musicians will judge the competition. Student applicants must be residents of or students of resident teachers or attend school in Williamsburg, James City County or York County. Performance material information and the application are available on the Williamsburg Music Club's web-site at www.williamsburgmusicclub.org/wmcauditions.htm. Annually, the Williamsburg Music Club has awarded $7,000. in scholarships to talented young musicians in the Williamsburg area. For further info, please contact 757-229-4429 or www.williamsburgmusicclub.org.

December 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, December 15, 2014, 12 noon
Noon Day Concert: Tapestry
The Monumental Noon Day Concert will feature "Tapestry", an elite ladies' handbell quintet directed by Charm Peterman. Tapestry, sponsored by Monumental UMC, was formed in July of 2001. The 5 handbell ringers perform frequently in the area at nursing homes, retirement communities, churches, civic groups, schools and in Handbell Festivals and Symposiums. Their progam will include a variety of Christmas music. A light lunch for a fee of $5.00 will be served following the concert. The concert is free and open to the public. For details call 757 397-1297. Monumental United Methodist Church, 450 Dinwiddie St., Portsmouth

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, 11 am
Williamsburg Music Club: An Eclectic Holiday
The Warhill High School Choirs, under the direction of Lisa Jacobsen Stone, will present a diverse program of holiday favorites and soon-to-be favorite selections of choral music. The four choirs include an advanced chorus, an honors choir and extra-curricular ensembles. Several members of the choruses have been selected and performed in the All-Virginia Honors Choir, the All-State Chorus, The Festival Chorus, and the Music in the Parks Choir Festival, all receiving top honors. The program begins at 11 am preceded by "Coffee & Conversation" and a brief business meeting at 10 a.m. The public is invited to this FREE program at. For more information visit www.williamsburgmusicclub.org or telephone 757-229-4429. Lewis Hall, Bruton Parish Church, in downtown Colonial Williamsburg

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

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.

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

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, 3 pm
Nouveau Productions Christmas in Black and White with Luke Frazier
Enjoy a family-friendly evening of silent black & white holiday films scored by a live ensemble. Local musicians, members of Symphonicity, the Virginia Beach Symphony Orchestra, and talented singers Katherine Riddle and Haley Travers bring the films to life while performing holiday classics such as Jingle Bells, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Oh Holy Night, Deck the Halls and more. http://artsentercapecharles.org Historic Palace Theater, 305 Mason Avenue Cape Charles, Virginia 23310

Sunday, December 21, 2014, 4 pm
Piano Dedicatory Concert
This Piano Four-Hands Concert features Ken Phillips and Lynda Gilpin. The concert will also include several Christmas vocal selections accompanied by Mr. Phillips and Mrs. Gilpin. Central United Methodist Church was recently blessed by the gift of a newly restored 1922 Bauer Baby Grand Piano. This concert will be the first on the newly dedicated instrument. Ken Phillips, a multi-hand piano specialist, studied at Princeton after graduation from Hampton High School. Today he is the music director at the historic 1000 year old Hvaler Lutheran state church in Norway. Lynda Gilpin, is a former choir director, accompanist, and organist at Central United Methodist Church, Hampton. For more information phone 723-3112. Central United Methodist Church, 225 Chapel Street, Hampton 23669

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

Sunday, December 21, 2014, 5 pm
Festival Service of Nine Lessons and Carols
A journey in Scripture and Song from Old Testament prophecy to the celebration of the Nativity. With the Saint Paul's Church Choir, Charles Woodward, Director; Bradley Norris, Guest Organist. Music of Mathias, Todd, Distler, and hymns of the Christmas season. Seating begins at 4:15 p.m. Reception following the service. Free and open to the public. 757.627.4353. Saint Paul's Episcopal Church, 201 Saint Paul's Boulevard, Norfolk

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 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

Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 2:30 & 4:30 pm
Eastern Virginia Brass: Brasstastic Holidays!
The Eastern Virginia Brass return to the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum for a virtuosic and fun-filled concert of holiday music. For the classicists at heart there are works by Handel, Bizet and Tchaikovsky. For the sentimentalists there are selections such as Mel Torme’s Christmas Song and Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride. Of course, for all the children at heart, enjoy Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer, Cool Bells that Jingle, Snoopy’s own arrangement of Christmas Time is Here-- as well as the Dreidel Song and Hanukkah Begins Tonight. The musicians, long time Hampton Roads favorites, are: Lawrence Clemens and Wendell Banyay, trumpets; Marlene Ford, horn, Robert Ford, trombone and Daniel Hunter, tuba. 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 31st Annual FREE Messiah Sing Along as our gift to the community. The audience will sing the choruses from the Christmas portion of Messiah. Soloists will be: Anna Sterrett, Soprano; Kelly Montgomery, Mezzo-soprano; Timothy Ayers-Kerr, Tenor; and Branch Fields, Baritone. 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, 5, 10:30 & 11 pm
Hidenwood Christmas Eve Services
Family Christmas Eve Service - 5 pm. Pre-service Music - 10:30 pm. Traditional Lessons and Carols Candlelight Service - 11 pm. All free; all welcome! 757-596-1151, www.hidenwood.org Hidenwood Presbyterian Church, 414 Hiden Blvd., Newport News, VA, 23606

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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