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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 2017 season on January 3, 7 and 9, 2017. 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.

ODU December Events
Each year, ODU’s Department of Music faculty and student ensembles present their work to the public. All performances will take place in Chandler Recital Hall, F. Ludwig 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 6, 7:30 pm
ODU New Music Ensemble
featuring 20th- and 21st-century music for diverse chamber and electronic media. Directed by Andrey Kasparov. Chandler Recital Hall, Diehn Center for the Performing Arts.
Thursday, December 8, 7:30 pm
ODU Symphony Orchestra: From the New World
Featuring Copland’s Outdoor Overture, Dvorak’s Romance for Violin and Orchestra with faculty soloist and VSO violinist Jeanne DeDominick, and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 in E Minor. Directed by Paul S. Kim. University Theatre.

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.
Tuesday, December 6, 8 pm
Holiday Handbell Concert
Vesper Bells from Second Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia, Bill Miller Director
Thursday, December 8, 8 pm
Holiday Choral Concert
Manassas Community Chorale, from Manassas, Virginia, Becky Verner, Director
Friday, December 9, 8 pm
Holiday Choral Concert
Douglas Freeman High School Festival Choir from Richmond, Virginia, Christen Christopherson, Director
Saturday, December 10, 8 pm
Holiday Choral Concert
New Dominion Choraliers Community Choir from Prince William County, Virginia,Katherine Nelson-Tracey, Director
Tuesday, December 13, 8 pm
Holiday Choral Concert: A Winter’s Night by Cecilia McDowall & Gloria by John Rutter
Bruton Parish Choirs & Orchestra Rebecca Davy, Director & JanEl Will, Organist
Thursday, December 15, 8 pm
Holiday Choral Concert
One Accord Choir from First Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia, Philip Mitchell, Director
Saturday, December 17, 8 pm
Holiday Choral Concert
Tabernacle Baptist Church Choir from Richmond, Virginia, Judy Fiske, Director
Tuesday, December 20, 8 pm
Holiday Choral Concert
Salisbury Presbyterian Church Choir from Midlothian, Virginia, Mark Patterson, Director
Thursday, December 22, 8 pm
Holiday Organ Recital
David Leahy, Organist from Christ Church in New Bern, North Carolina
Tuesday, December 27, 8 pm
Christmas Duo Recital
Spencer & Beanne, Matthew Spencer & Mei-Li Beanne, violin, viola, guitar, & voice
Thursday, December 29, 8 pm
Christmas Caroling Recital
Williamsburg Waites
Saturday, December 31, 8 pm
Holiday Organ Recital
Rebecca Davy, Music Director & Organist at Bruton Parish
Sunday, January 1, 2017 @9:15 & 11:15 am Nine Lessons & Carols
Bruton Parish Choirs, Rebecca Davy, Director & JanEl Will, Organist
Historic Organ Recitals in the Wren Chapel, at the College of William & Mary, Saturdays @ 10:00 am
Thursday, December 1Thomas Marshall
Friday, December 2Rebecca Davy
Saturday, December 3Rebecca Davy
Monday, December 5Norman Elton
Tuesday, December 6Rebecca Davy
Thursday, December 8Thomas Marshall
Friday, December 9Rebecca Davy
Saturday, December 10Rebecca Davy
Monday, December 12Norman Elton
Thursday, December 15Rebecca Davy
Friday, December 16Rebecca Davy
Saturday, December 17Rebecca Davy
Monday, December 19Norman Elton
Thursday, December 22Rebecca Davy
Friday, December 23Rebecca Davy
Saturday, December 24Rebecca Davy
Monday, December 26Norman Elton
Tuesday, December 27Rebecca Davy
Wednesday, December 28Rebecca Davy
Thursday, December 29Thomas Marshall
Friday, December 30Rebecca Davy
Saturday, December 31Rebecca Davy

Thursday, December 8, 2016, 7 pm
NYFOS NEXT: Christopher Cerrone & Friends
New York Festival of Song, Steven Blier, Artistic Director; Michael Barrett, Associate Artistic Director, continues the 2016-17 edition of its contemporary song mini-series NYFOS Next with composer Christopher Cerrone & Friends. Cerrone curates and hosts an hour-long salon of new song & poetry featuring music by Christopher Cerrone, Timo Andres, Katherine Balch, Erin Gee, Ted Hearne, Scott Wollschleger. Settings of new and recent poems by GC Waldrep, Bill Knott, Dorothea Lasky, Andrea Cohen and fragments of Rumi, Sanscrit, Michaelangelo. Performers: Justine Aronson, soprano; Theo Bleckmann, baritone; Michael Barrett, piano; Timo Andres, piano; Pat Swoboda, bass. www.nyfos.org Tickets $35 in advance, $40 at the door.  National Sawdust Box Office: 646-779-8455 or www.nationalsawdust.org National Sawdust, 80 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY

Friday, December 9, 2016, 7 pm
Eastern Shore Chapel Lessons and Carols
Christ's Holy Light will gently enter then burst forth, celebrating the Advent and Christmas season. The congregation and choirs will sing 11 carols that include "Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence," "Come, Thou Long-Espected Jesus," "My Lord, What a Morning," "Still, Still, Still," "He Is Born," "What Child Is This," "Bring a Torch, Jeannette, Isabella," "Break Forth, O Beauteous Heavenly Light," Oh, Come, Little Children," "Go, Tell It on the Mountain," and "Joy to the World." The Eastern Virginia Brass Quintet, with organ and percussion, will highlight the accompaniment for the Lessons and Carols Service.  A special feature of the service includes candel lighting, signifying Christ's light enterning the world, and readings by Susan Palo Cherwien.  Kimberly Marcum Nickerson will be our guest soprano soloist. For the children,  St. Nicholas will appear in procession, in traditional costume, and in his custom, will pass out bags with gold chocolate coins, nuts and an orange at the close of the service.  A reception featuring hot chocolate and cookies will follow for everyone.  A free-will offering will be accepted. Eastern Shore Chapel Episcopal Church, 2020 Laskin Road, Virginia Beach

Friday, December 9, 2016, 7 pm
Saint Bede: TRADOC Band
The U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Band (TRADOC) will present its annual Holiday Concert. The holiday concerts are among the band's most popular performances. The concert is free, and tickets are not required.  Parking is limited, please consider carpooling.  For more information, call (757) 229-3631 or visit www.bedeva.org/concerts. Saint Bede Catholic Church, 3686 Ironbound Road, Williamsburg

Friday, December 9, 2016, 7:30 pm
Stephen Coxe & Friends
Virtuoso pianist Stephen Coxe gathers his friends to perform chamber music spanning several centuries, featuring Bach’s joyful cantata Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, Britten’s Canticle II: Abraham and Issac, sung by Brian Nedvin and Adriane Kerr, Brahms’ Vier ernste Gesänge, sung by Bryson Mortenson, and Strauss’ Fünf Lieder, Op. 48, featuring Freundliche Vision, Ich schwebe, Kling!, Winterweihe, and Winterliebe, sung by Stephanie Marx. Professor Coxe is joined by soloists, instrumentalists, the Governor’s School String Orchestra, and the Camarata Choristers. Not to be missed! Suggested donation $15, Students $5. For more information, please call (757) 627-5665 or visit www.christandstlukes.org. Christ and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 560 West Olney Road, Norfolk.

Friday, December 9, 2016, 8 pm
Saturday, December 10, 2016, 8 pm
Sunday, December 11, 2016, 7 pm

Virginia Symphony: Holiday Pops
Join us for the must-see holiday tradition of the season – Holiday Pops! There’s no better way to lift your spirits than with seasonal songs and traditional carols delivered in full sound and spectacle by the Virginia Symphony, the inspirational voices of Virginia Symphony Orchestra Chorus and special guests. This year, as a special treat, Music Director JoAnn Falletta conducts Holiday Pops and will have all the magical elements you’ve come to expect Holiday Pops—high energy, familiar carols and lots of holiday warmth! And we'll even throw in a surprise or two! We can't wait to celebrate the season with all of you!oAnn Falletta, conductor; Virginia Symphony Orchestra Chorus, Robert Shoup, chorusmaster. Starting price at $25. Visit www.virginiasymphony.org or call (757) 892-6366 for more information. Dec 9: Ferguson Center for the Arts, 1 University Place, Newport News, VA 23606. Dec 10: Chrysler Hall, 215 St Pauls Blvd., Norfolk, VA 23510. Dec 11: Sandler Center, 201 Market Street, Towne Center, Virginia Beach.

TRADOC Winds Holiday Series
The United States Army Training and Doctrine Command Band presents TRADOC Winds holiday concerts. All concerts are free and open to the public. For free tickets and more information visit the events section at facebook.com/tradocband. Non-ticket holders will be admitted 15 minutes prior to the concert.
Friday, December 9, 2016, 7 pm
St. Bede Catholic Church, 3686 Ironbound Road, Williamsburg
Sunday, December 11, 2016, 3 pm
Wycliffe Presbyterian Church, 1445 N Great Neck Rd., Virginia Beach
Thursday, December 15, 2016, 7 pm
Jacobs Conference Center, 647 Monroe Ave, Fort Eustis, Newport News
Friday, December 16, 2016, 7 pm
Fort Monroe Theater, 42 Tidball Rd, Hampton
Saturday, December 17, 2016, 7 pm
Regent University Theater, 1000 Regent University Drive, Virginia Beach

The Met 2016-2017 Live in HD
The Met’s 2016–17 season of Live in HD movie-theater transmissions features ten presentations, beginning October 8 with Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde. Find your theater: http://www.metopera.org/Season/In-Cinemas/Theater-Finder/
Saturday, December 10, 2016 12:55 pm
Kaija Saariaho - L’Amour de Loin
Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho’s breakthrough opera was described by the New York Times as “transfixing…a lushly beautiful score.” Commissioned by the Salzburg Festival, where it was first seen in 2000, it will now finally have its Metropolitan Opera premiere in a dazzling new production by Robert Lepage, featuring glimmering ribbons of LED lights that extend across the length of the stage and over the orchestra pit. Eric Owens is the knight on a quest of love and Susanna Phillips is his lover on the other side of the sea. Libretto by Amin Maalouf. Conductor Susanna Mälkki makes her Met debut. Estimated run time: 2 Hrs 33 Mins.

Saturday, December 10, 2016, 7 pm
Virginia Handbell Consort
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 open to the public. Contributions will be accepted to help support the concert series. A reception follows the concert.Free and open to the public. www.reformationlc.org/index.php/concert-series 757-249-0374 Reformation Lutheran Church, 13100 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA

Saturday, December 10, 2016, 7:30 pm
VBC: We Wish You Christmas
The Virginia Beach Chorale, Don Krudop, Artistic Director, featuring the Kellam Highschool Madrigals: Silent Night, Feliz Navidad, Mary Had a Baby, Let There Be Light, There is Faint Music, Sounds of the Season, Christmas is Coming, Let There Be Christmas, Ose Shalom, Jingle Bells, Hark, The Herald Angels Sing, Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, Twas the Night Before Christmas and more. www.virginiabeachchorale.org Adults $18, Seniors/Military $15, Students $12. Tickets available through Chorale members or the Sandler Center Box Office 757-385-2787 or http://www.sandlercenter.org/ also at COXTix.com. The Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, Town Center, Virginia Beach

Saturday, December 10, 2016, 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 11, 2016, 4 pm
Saturday, December 17, 2016, 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 18, 2016, 4 pm

VCS: Sound the Trumpet
Virginia Choral Society presents Sound the Trumpet – brass accompanied seasonal favorites, with selections by Lara Hoggard and Bob Chilcott, accompanied by the Eastern Virginia Brass. For the second year in a row, we invite local high school choirs to sing at our four concerts! Come and enjoy the sounds of the season! Tickets at the door: Adults/$18, Senior, Military, Students/$15; Tickets in advance: Adults/$15, Senior, Military, Students/$12. Buy tickets online: https://www.showtix4u.com/ From a chorus member, at 3. From Pro Music & Sound (2715 Route 17, Yorktown, VA) or Peninsula Town Center, Guest Services (4410 East Claiborne Square, Suite 212, Hampton, VA) Dec 10: Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 179 E Mercury Blvd, Hampton, VA 23669 . Dec 11: Trinity Lutheran Church, 6807 Huntington Ave, Newport News, VA 23607. Dec 17: Trinity Lutheran Church, 6807 Huntington Ave, Newport News, VA 23607. Dec 18: Music and Theater Hall, Ferguson Center for the Arts, 1 Avenue of the Arts, Newport News.

Sunday, December 11, 2016, 11 am & 7 pm

Providence Presbyterian Christmas Music Events
You are warmly invited to attend our special Christmas music events. 11 am: Lessons and Carols. Morning worship will be a traditional “Service of Lessons and Carols” with anthems and carols alternating with readings from the Bible. Familiar carols will be sung, as well as anthems and arrangements. Chancel Choir, Valetta Fellenbaum, music director; John Dixon, organ, Carole Stockmeier, Flute. 7 pm: Christmas Vespers. Evening service will be informal, with choral anthems, bell selections played by both handbell choirs, Christmas piano duets, and a carol sing-along, where you get to choose your favorite Christmas hymns and carols. After the music we will enjoy desserts in the Fellowship Hall. Chancel Choir, Bells of Providence, Merry Bells and You! Valetta Fellenbaum, music director, John Dixon, organist. (757) 420-6159 www.provpres.org. Providence Presbyterian Church, 5497 Providence Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23464

Sunday, December 11, 2016, 2 & 4 pm
Williamsburg Choral Guild – Christmas Program & Carol Sing
A Williamsburg Choral Guild holiday tradition! Please join us for a free, family-friendly program of traditional Christmas selections, seasonal musical arrangements and a group carol sing.  The Guild offers this concert to the community in thanks for your continuing support.  In lieu of admission, please bring a nonperishable food item for Fish or Grove Christian Outreach Center. For more information, please call (757) 220-1808 or visit www.williamsburgchoralguild.org. St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, 1333 Jamestown Road, Williamsburg

Sunday, December 11, 2016, 3 pm
Virginia Symphony: Jingle Bell Jam
Santa Claus is coming to town and he’s stopping by to be a part of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra’s ever-popular Jingle Bell Jam! Celebrate the magic of the season with an afternoon that showcases the music of the holidays performed by the best talent in Hampton Roads. You won’t want to miss this holly jolly concert! Get your tickets early– this family favorite is sure to sell out! Starting price at $11. Visit www.virginiasymphony.org or call (757) 892-6366 for more information. Sandler Center, 201 Market Street, Towne Center, Virginia Beach.

Sunday, December 11, 2016, 4 pm
HRP: Holly Days @ Ft. Monroe Theatre
Hampton Roads Philharmonic, Steven Brindle, Music Director. Weekend of free events: HRP Performs Holiday Classics, Mistletoe Tour, Tree Lighting, Historic Tours. You can find us online at www.Facebook.com/hrphil or www.hrphil.org Ft. Monroe Theatre, 42 Tidball Rd, Hampton, VA 23651

Sunday, December 11, 2016, 4 pm
Handel's Messiah
The William F. Crump Sanctuary Choir will offer a Christmas worship service of Handel's Messiah. The choir will be assisted by the Hampton University Orchestra under the direction Jerry Bracey. Soloists include Soprano Lorraine McFadden Bell. Carver Memorial Presbyterian Church,  830 25th Street, Newport News

Saturday, December 11, 2016, 4 pm
I. Sherman Greene Chorale: Christmas for All Ages
I. Sherman Greene Chorale, Elizabeth Vaughan Eccles,director, 45th Anniversary Season. Special performing guest will be the Virginia Children’s Chorus, directed by Carol Downing. In addition to Elizabeth Eccles, music director of the Chorale, Dr. Marsha Staples, director of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra Harmony Project, and Dr. Ruby Allen, Virginia Beach School System retired music educator, will serve as guest conductors. The public is invited to attend this 2016 Christmas concert that will enlighten, energize and inspire the audience with selections by Stacy Gibbs, G.F. Handel, Jay Rouse, and Ralph Manuel as well as other noted composers and arrangers. Requested donations, in advance and at the door, are $20 for adults and $10 for students. Please contact Jennifer L. Allen at callconnie1st@aol.com for further information. Johnson Theater at Norfolk Academy, 1585 Wesleyan Drive, Norfolk

Sunday, December 11, 2016, 5 pm
Christmas in Clearwater
Dinner is at 5:00 p.m. followed by the premier of the Christmas play, Christmas in Clearwater. There is no set ticket price, but donations will be accepted with all proceeds benefiting the homeless feeding program at Monumental.  Seating is limited and reservations are required.  Reservations can be made by calling the church office at 397-1297.  Cutoff date for reservations is Wednesday, December 7. Monumental United Methodist Church, 450 Dinwiddie St., Portsmouth

Sunday, December 11, 2016, 7:30 pm
From Darkness to Light An Advent Journey to Christmas
The 50 voice First Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir, orchestra, organ, and soloists will present music and spoken words for Advent and Christmas.  Selections include O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, Joy to the World, The Animal Carol, We Three Kings and others. Free and open to the public.  Please call the Church Office at 428-6332 for more information. First Presbyterian, 36th Street and Pacific Avenue, Virginia Beach (at the oceanfront with plenty of free parking

Sunday, December 11, 2016, 3 pm
Saturday, December 17, 2016, 7 pm

YRSO : Holiday Spectacular
York River Symphony Orchestra. Orchestral selections, Eric Reiff, D.M.A., conductor & Choral selections by the combined choirs of Williamsburg, Reginald Fox, conductor. Dec 11: Tickets to YRSO concerts are available concert day at the concert venue. Tickets are $12 and $10 for students, senior citizens and military. To purchase online visit http://www.yrso.org/tickets.html Tickets purchased in advance are discounted $2 per ticket. Tickets may be purchased from orchestra members or from our online store. A joint Benefit Concert with LINK of Hampton Roads. Pre-Concert Showcase at 2:00 PM - Bolling Suite No. 2 Quartet. Mary T. Christian Auditorium, Templin Hall, Thomas Nelson Community College, 99 Thomas Nelson Dr, Hampton, VA 23666. Dec 17: Free admission. Sponsored by Colonial Williamsburg. Pre-Concert Showcase - 6:00 PM - Flute Frenzy Trio. Kimball Theater, Merchants Square, Williamsburg

HRMB: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 retired U.S. Army Trumpet player. The band’s Assistant Conductor is Mr. Ralph Spoettle, french horn player, and owner/operator of KBD Systems of Virginia Beach. The band’s website is www.hrmetroband.org
Sunday, December 11, 6:30 pm
Christmas Concert Free. Oaklette United Methodist Church , 520 Oaklette Dr., Chesapeake.
Saturday, December 17, 7 pm
Christmas Concert Free. Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 3229 MacDonald Rd., Virginia Beach

Monday, December 12, 2016, 10 pm
NYFOS: A Goyishe Christmas to You!
An instant classic, A Goyishe Christmas to You!—devised and premiered by Steven Blier at HENRY’s in 2010, where it provoked a delirium of excitement—consists of Yuletide songs entirely written by Jewish composers, from the wickedly funny to the meltingly beautiful. From Frank Loesser’s “Baby It’s Cold Outside” to Adolphe Adam's “Oh Holy Night,” Jay Livingston and Ray Evans’ “Silver Bells” to Walter Kent’s “I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” the popular Yuletide songbook is packed with countless contributions by Jewish songwriters on behalf of their goyishe counterparts.  $10 Cover; Reservations Required: 212-866-0600. www.nyfos.org Henry's Restaurant, 2745 Broadway at 105th Street, New York, NY

Thursday, December 15, 2016, 7:30 pm
Experiments in Opera: Story Binge II
Experiments in Opera announces its annual venture, Story Binge II, Like watching a whole season of opera in one night! Five operatic premieres: Nick Hallett - To Music; Roddy Bottum - The Ride; Jason Cady - I Need Space, Lainie Fefferman - White Fire; Matthew Welch - And Here We Are. Tickets $25. experimentsinopera.com/StoryBingeII Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center, 129 W 67th St, New York, NY 10036

Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 7 pm
Thursday, December 15, 2016, 8 pm
Friday, December 16, 2016, 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 17, 2016, 3 pm

Virginia Symphony: Holiday Brass
The bold sounds of the Virginia Symphony Brass section ring in the holidays with a blast! Experience the festive sounds of the season in a concert filled with wit, virtuosity, and the glorious music of the holidays—featuring the VSO brass and percussion sections. Conducted by Resident Conductor Benjamin Rous, you’ll hear music from a variety of styles that make this concert one holiday delight you won’t want to miss! Benjamin Rous, conductor Starting price at $25 – PBK Hall; Starting price at $9 – Roper. Visit www.virginiasymphony.org or call (757) 892-6366 for more information. Dec 14: Chesapeake Conference Center, 700 Conference Center Dr, Chesapeake. Dec 15: Phi Beta Kappa Hall, 601 Jamestown Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185. Dec 16: TCC Roper Performing Arts Center, 340 Granby Street Norfolk, VA 23510. Dec 17: Lancaster Middle School Theater, 191 School St, Kilmarnock

Thursday, December 15, 2016, 8 pm
Friday, December 16, 2016, 8 pm
Saturday, December 17, 2016, 8 pm

VSO: Messiah
Messiah. Get in the spirit of the season with this distinguished performance of Handel’s sacred masterpiece that presents the austere and dramatic narrative of Jesus Christ’s life. From Isaiah’s prophesies to the Hallelujah Chorus, you will be brought to your feet in the Messiah performance of the season. Robert Shoup, conductor; Virginia Symphony Orchestra Chorus. Starting price at $25. www.virginiasymphony.org, by calling 757.892.6366 or visiting the VSO offices located at 150 Boush Street, Suite 201, Norfolk, VA 23510 between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. Dec 15: Regent University Theater, 1000 Regent University Drive, Virginia Beach, VA, VA 23464. Dec 16: First Baptist Church, 12716 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23606. Dec 17: Harrison Opera House, 160 West Virginia Beach Blvd., Norfolk, VA 23510

Friday, December 16, 2016, 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 17, 2016, 2 pm & 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 18, 2:30 pm

Symphonicity : The Nutcracker with Ballet Virginia International
Symphonicity and Ballet Virginia International come together to present a Hampton Roads holiday tradition: “The Nutcracker.” Enjoy nationally-recognized guest artists, our region’s finest young dancers and a cast of over 100 talented local children as they dance their way through this timeless classic. See young Clara’s dream come to life as her toy Nutcracker saves her from the evil Rat King and his minions. Witness Dr. Drosselmeyer’s magical snow as it transforms Clara and her beloved Nutcracker into a beautiful princess and a handsome prince. Waltzing flowers, tiny mice and Mother Ginger’s lively brood will stay with you forever and put the entire family in a warm holiday mood. Don’t miss it! http://www.balletvirginiainternational.org Tickets: $10 - $50. http://ev8.evenue.net/ The Sandler Center, 201 Market Street Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Saturday, December 17, 2016, 7:30 pm
CBWE: Hampton Roads Holly Days
Chesapeake Bay Wind Ensemble, Major (Ret.) William Garlette, Conductor and Music Director. Tickets:10.00. Students and children under 18 are admitted free of charge. https://www.eventbrite.com/ A limited quantity of tickets will be available for purchase at the door. Music and Theatre Hall, Ferguson Center for the Arts, 1 Avenue of the Arts, Newport News, VA 23606

Saturday, December 17, 2016, 2 & 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 18, 2016, 2 pm

WSO & VRB: The Nutcracker
Virginia Regional Ballet presents their 10th annual production of the Christmas classic The Nutcracker with the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra, Janna Hymes, Music Director; Heidrun S. Robitshek Artistic Director. Promising students of Virginia Regional Ballet Academy will dance alongside professional dancers Abigail Simon, former ABT & Joffrey Ballet dancer as the Sugar Plum Fairy and Zachary Catazaro of New York City Ballet as her Cavalier to the beautiful Tchaikovsky score played LIVE by The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra conducted by Janna Hymes. Tickets: $22 - $37.50, available at http://dancevrb.com/nutcracker/. Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall, 601 Jamestown Rd, Williamsburg

Saturday, December 18, 2016, 4 pm
Lancaster Memorial Concert
The MUMC music ministry presents the annual Lancaster Memorial Concert.  The concert will consist of a variety of favorite carols and anthems including poetry that reflect the events of the nativity.  The concert is directed by Nicholas Steltzer, the newly appointed Choir Director and Organist of MUMC. There is no charge for the concert, however there will be a free will offering.   All are welcome to attend this festive event.  Parking is available in the church parking lot. Monumental United Methodist Church, 450 Dinwiddie St., Portsmouth

Saturday, December 18, 2016, 4:30 pm
Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
Join the St. Paul’s Church Choir, Charles Woodward, conductor, guest organist Kevin Kwan, and readers from the church and community for a Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols.  This year’s service marks the 10th anniversary of the installation of the M. Foscue & Clara P. Brock Memorial Organ built by Mander Organs of London, England. Carol-anthems by William Mathias, David Willcocks, and Stanford Scriven, and organ voluntaries by J. S. Bach and George Baker will be heard, with beloved Christmas carols sung by the congregation. Seating begins at 3:45 pm, and a holiday reception follows the service. For further information, please call St. Paul’s Church at 757-627-4353. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 201 Saint Paul's Boulevard, Norfolk

Monday, December 19, 2016, 7:30 pm
GSA: Messiah Sing-Along
The Governor’s School for the Arts. Solos to be performed by some of the alumni of the vocal music department including Chrystal Williams, Frederick Ballentine Jr., and Will Liverman. Stephen Z. Cook, Chorus Director & Organist. Tickets $10 and $15. www.showtix4u.com. First Presbyterian Church, 820 Colonial Ave., Norfolk, VA 23507.

Thursday, December 22, 2016, 12 pm
Organ Recital
Stephen Z. Cook, organist. This concert is free and open to the public. First Presbyterian Church, 820 Colonial Ave., Norfolk, VA 23507

Friday, December 23, 2016, 7:15 pm
Symphonicity: 34th Annual Messiah Sing Along
Our gift to the community. Conducted by Frank Albinder, the audience will sing the choruses from the Christmas portion of Messiah. Professional soloists Agnes Wynne (Soprano), Kelly Montgomery (Contralto), Brian Nedvin (Tenor), and Branch Fields (Baritone) will sing the recitatives and arias. Messiah scores will be on sale in the lobby prior to the concert for $10.00. Singers with scores will be seated on the first floor, and observers may sit in the mezzanine or balcony sections. Doors open at 7:15pm with the concert beginning at 8:00pm. This concert is free and open to the public. The Sandler Center, 201 Market Street Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Saturday, December 24, 2016, 9:30 pm
Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols
As the Christmas Eve Carol Prelude, the women of the Parish Choir present Britten’s beloved work with gifted harpist Barbara Chapman. For more information, please call (757) 627-5665 or visit www.christandstlukes.org. Christ and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 560 West Olney Road, Norfolk.

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