Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic (WMP), conducted by Ulysses S. James, will perform concerts at the Masonic Memorial in Alexandria on December 8 and at UUCF in Oakton on December 15.The concerts will feature Vaughan Williams’s version of Greensleeves. WMP’s principal violinist Tim Kidder will solo in a performance of Lukas Foss’s Three American Pieces, orchestrated by Foss for Itzhak Perlman. WMP’s principal tubist Karl Hovey will explore Richard Strauss’ romantic Horn Concerto by playing it on the tuba. Listeners can also discover “how Stravinsky evokes the world of commedia dell’arte clowns in Pulcinella.”
The Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, led by Christopher Zimmerman, will perform Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker with the Fairfax Ballet at George Mason University Center for the Arts Concert Hall on December 21 & 22. There will be “a winter wonderland of dancing snowflakes, sugar plum fairies and epic battles between heroic toy soldiers and mischievous mice.”
The Fairfax Choral Society concerts planned in December are on:
December 8: Songs of the Season | Vocal Arts ensemble at W.T. Woodson High School in Fairfax December 10 I Heard the Bells | Akk FCS Youth Choruses at Annandale United Methodist Church in Annandale December 15 Bach Cantata 140 and Traditional Carols | Symphonic Chorus, Master Singers & Concert Choir at St. Luke Catholic Church in McLean
National Chamber Ensemble, led by Artistic Director Leonid Sushansky, will present Holiday Cheerat Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington on December 14.The concertwill bring classical masterpieces and holiday favorites together for the whole family.
The Outstanding Young Artist - piano competition winners will perform. The Concert will conclude with a Carols Sing-Along to get everyone in the holiday spirit!A reception will follow the performance.
The Thirteen will perform concerts titled Silent Night Starry Night at select locations in December.The program will feature The Thirteen's own arrangement of Silent Nightand also contemporary composer Kile Smith's The Consolation of Apollo.The latter "pairs the words of the Apollo 8 astronauts on Christmas Eve 1968 with the writings of the Roman philosopher Boethius. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing, the performance will be accompanied by projected images from NASA’s Hubble telescope." The concerts will be performed:
Dec. 20 @ Episcopal High School Chapel - Alexandria VA Dec. 21 @ Live@10th & G | 1st Congregational U.C.C.-DC Dec. 22 @ Bradley Hills Church in Bethesda, MD.
Virginia Bronze and director Brian Seemann will perform a holiday concert titled The 12 Meters of Christmas at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial on December 21. The program will consist of Christmas favorites with a twist.
Choralis, conducted by Gretchen Kuhrmann, will perform Handel's Messiah (Part 1) - a Sing-along - at Fairfax Presbyterian Church in Fairfax, VA on December 1.The concert will be accompanied by chamber orchestra and organ. The audience can their own score or rent one at the door to sing along with the choruses.
The New Dominion Chorale, led by Artistic Director Thomas Beveridge, with orchestra and soloists, will perform Handel's Messiah at Rachel Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center on December 15. The soloists will be Natalie Conte, soprano, Melissa Kornacki, mezzo soprano, Patrick Kilbride, tenor and Jeffrey Tarr, bass.
The Washington Men’s Camerata will present Christmas with the Camerata - a Washington-area tradition for over 35 years – at select locations in December.The program will feature perennial holiday classics, along with new and inventive arrangements of some favorite songs of the season. The concerts are perfect for the whole family. There will be a concert on December 6 at Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington in Arlington, VA.