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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 November 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, November 29, 7:30 pm
ODU Jazz Choir and Jazz Orchestra
featuring traditional jazz standards and contemporary jazz compositions in both the vocal and instrumental idiom. Directed by John Toomey and Doug Owens. Early arrival is strongly encouraged. Chandler Recital Hall, Diehn Center for the Performing Arts.

CNU Department of Music November 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.
Tuesday, November 29, 8pm
Composers’ Forum Concert
Featuring new works by student composers. Admission free. Peebles Theatre
Wednesday, November 30, 8 pm
Jazz Ensemble Concert
Admission free. Peebles Theatre
Sunday, December 4, 4 pm
Holiday Happening
Call the ticket office at: 855 FERG TIX. Diamonstein Concert Hall Ferguson Center for the Arts

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.
Tuesday, November 29, 8 pm
Holiday Choral Concert
St. Gertrude High School Women’s Honors Ensemble from Richmond, Virginia, Lisa Fusco, Director Rebecca Davy, Organist

Monday, November 28, 2016, 7:30 pm
Robert Shaw - Man of Many Voices
The Tidewater Community College Roper Performing Arts Center and TCC Chorale are pleased and honored to present on the occasion of Robert Shaw's 100th anniversary a free public screening of the new biographical documentary film Robert Shaw - Man of Many Voices.  This excellent film premiered in April at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's Woodruff Performing Arts Center, and has been playing in cities around the country since.  Shaw, arguably the most influential choral conductor of the twentieth century, was a towering figure in twentieth century music.  This film should be of interest to choral singers at all levels, choral and orchestral conductors, music students, and anyone interested in American music in the twentieth century.  TCC is pleased to present the exclusive area screening of this important film on the life and work of Robert Shaw.  Please join us. A FREE public screening - all are welcome. For questions or more information, please email dwarren@tcc.edu or plasakow@tcc.edu TCC Roper Performing Arts Center, 340 Granby Street, Norfolk

Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 7 pm
St Bede: Advent Festival of Lessons and Carols
The Saint Bede Music Ministry will present an Advent Festival of Lessons and Carols. Please join with the young choristers, bell choir, and parish choir 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, please call (757) 229-3631 or visit www.bedeva.org/concerts. Saint Bede Catholic Church, 3686 Ironbound Road, Williamsburg

William & Mary Music Department November 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 visit www.wm.edu/as/music/events/index.php
Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 7:30 pm
Electronic & Computer Music Concert
Ranging from abstract soundscapes and ambient music to plunderphonic collage, generative music, and new techno, this concert showcases the work of composers in the fall semester computer music class. Admission: Free. Ewell Hall, Recital Hall (Rm 107), 221 Jamestown Rd, Williamsburg, VA 23185
Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 7:30 pm
William and Mary Russian Music Ensemble
The William and Mary Russian Music Ensemble will perform folk music from Russia and surrounding regions   Concert is free and family friendly. Donations gladly accepted. Williamsburg Regional Library Theater

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.
Thursday, December 1, 8 pm
Holiday Handbell & Organ Concert
Bruton Parish Tarpley Ringers, Rebecca Davy, Director joined by the Handbell Choir from First Baptist Church, Scotland Street, Reggie Fox, Director; JanEl Will, Organist
Saturday, December 3, 8 pm
Holiday Choral Concert
Emulate Ensemble from Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisburg, Virginia, Ryan Keebaugh, Director
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

Friday, December 2, 2016, 7:30 pm
5BMF: Brooklyn Rider
Hailed as “the future of chamber music” (Strings), the dynamic and innovative string quartet Brooklyn Rider has taken the chamber music scene by storm since their last 5BMF performance in the Fall of 2009, boasting several recordings and major concert credits including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Library of Congress and South by Southwest, to name merely a few. Recent projects include the group’s acclaimed multi-disciplinary project Brooklyn Rider Almanac, a collection of 15 specially commissioned works, each inspired by a different muse. We welcome this groundbreaking group back to the 5BMF roster this season for a performance of works by Beethoven, Janácek, Glass and Brooklyn Rider’s own Colin Jacobsen. Performers: Johnny Gandelsman, violin; Colin Jacobsen, violin; Nicholas Cords, viola; Michael Nicolas, cello. $25/$15/$10 5bmf.org/2016/12/02/brooklyn-rider-2/ Christ Church Riverdale, 5030 Henry Hudson Parkway, Bronx, NY 10471. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Queens, NY 11354

Friday, December 2, 2016, 7:30 pm
CVCM: Eastern Virginia Brass Holiday Concert
Coastal Virginia Chamber Music presents the Eastern Virginia Brass. The members of the Eastern Virginia Brass are professional musicians and award-winning music educators who perform and communicate the best of the brass repertoire. Pre concert performance at 7 pm in the lobby of the theater with the Brass Ensemble from Great Bridge Middle School under the direction of Robert Carroll and Michael Oare. Tickets are $15, students and seniors (60+) $10 and can be purchased at the door. For information contact Susan Wells: (757) 410-3953. Black Box Theater, Chesapeake Campus of Tidewater Community College, 1428 Cedar Rd., Chesapeake, Va 23322

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 visit www.wm.edu/as/music/events/index.php
Friday, December 2, 2016, 7:30 pm
Fall Concert
Mozart’s Nozze di Figaro Overture; Opera arias (Mozart’s Nozze di Figaro); Georges Bizet, Carmen Suites, Selections from Suites No.1 and No.2. Admission: Free for Students, children under 18, veterans, $10 general admission Phi Beta Kappa (PBK) Memorial Hall, 601 Jamestown Rd, Williamsburg, VA 23185

Friday, December 2, 2016, 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 3, 2016, 7:30 pm

TENET: Claudio Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610
TENET's Green Mountain Project returns to offer their beloved performance of this monumental work. "A treasured staple in New York" (The New York Times), TENET's all-star case will present Claudio Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610 under conductor and music director Scott Metcalfe and with Dark Horse Consort in a historically informed approach and appropriate chants. Performance lasts approximately 90 minutes without an intermission. TENET will make available a significant number of free tickets in the weeks leading up to the concert. We will share more details in November! This venue is handicap accessible. Musical Director Scott Metcalfe; Artistic Director: Jolle Greenleaf. Sopranos Jolle Greenleaf and Molly Quinn; Alto Laura Pudwell; Tenors Colin Balzer, Owen McIntosh, Jason McStoots, Aaron Sheehan and Sumner Thompson; Basses Mischa Bouvier, Stephen Hrycelak and John Taylor Ward; Violins Ingrid Matthews and Scott Metcalfe; Violas Dongmyung Ahn and Daniel Elyar; Bass Violin Emily Walhout; Violone Anne Trout; Theorbo Hank Heijink and Daniel Swenberg; Theorbo/Chant Charles Weaver; Organ Jeffrey Grossman. Dark Horse Consort: Cornettos Alexandra Opsahl and Kiri Tollaksen;Trombones Greg Ingles, Mack Ramsey and Erik Schmalz. Tickets: $0 to $100. Dec. 2 Tickets: http://tenet.nyc/dec-2-tickets Dec. 3 tickets: http://tenet.nyc/dec-3-tickets Church of St. Jean Baptiste, 184 East 76th Street, New York, NY 10021

Friday, December 2, 2016, 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 3, 2016, 4 pm

VWC: A Wesleyan Christmas
Ring in the season with an evening of holiday favorites, old and new, performed by the Wesleyan Singers, The Wesleyan Chorale, and Wesleyan Jazz with faculty soloists and instrumentalists, under the direction of Dr. Bryson Mortensen and Dr. Jason Squinobal; George Stone, piano. Co-sponsored by The Center for Sacred Music. Advance reservations are a must! All seats: $5. 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.

Friday, December 2, 2016, 8 pm
Saturday, December 3, 2016, 8 pm
Sunday, December 4, 2016, 4 pm

Sing We Nowell
An audience favorite - the Chorale's annual offering of holiday music from the beloved English choral tradition, including well-known carols and seasonal songs. Pianist Stephen Coxe joins the ensemble for The Passing of the Year (2000), Jonathan Dove's brilliant cycle for double chorus and piano. Single tickets: $25.One admission each to any performance of the selected program. Students/$10. To order online: https://squareup.com/store/virginia-chorale Call our office at 757.627.8375. All tickets are available at the door beginning one hour prior to every performance. Dec 2: Christ & St. Luke's Church, 560 W. Olney Road, Norfolk 23507. Dec 3: First Presbyterian Church, 36th Street & Pacific Ave., Virginia Beach 23451. Dec 4: Christ & St. Luke's Church, Norfolk.

Friday, December 2, 2016, 7 pm
Saturday, December 3, 2016, 2 pm & 7 pm
Sunday, December 4, 2016, 2 pm

Virginia Symphony: Richmond Ballet presents the Nutcracker with the VSO
Tchaikovsky’s brilliant ballet score comes to life for this magical collaboration between the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and Richmond Ballet! Heralded as “perfect” by The New York Times, Stoner Winslett’s production of The Nutcracker returns by popular demand to Chrysler Hall as one of the highlights of our 2016 holiday season! Join the Russian Bear, the Chinese Dragon and the Mouse King as they celebrate the magic of the holidays with Richmond Ballet and your VSO! VSO subscribers receive a special 15% discount. Visit www.virginiasymphony.org or call (757) 892-6366 for more information. Chrysler Hall, 215 St Pauls Blvd., Norfolk, VA 23510.

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.
Friday, December 2, 6:30 pm
42nd Annual ODU Madrigal Banquets
featuring food and music from Italy and the British Isles. Madrigal Banquets include full-course Renaissance meals and music provided by the ODU Madrigal Singers, Collegium Musicum, and Sacbut Consort. Directed by Bianca Hall. Atrium, Diehn Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets: $20 ODU students; $35 ODU faculty, non-students and groups of six or more; $40 general at ODUArtsTix.com and (757) 683-5305. Tickets must be purchased before noon on Thursday, Dec. 1, and will not be sold at the door.
Sunday, December 4, 3 pm
ODU Wind Ensemble
performing literature from the standard band repertoire and music of emerging composers, written for modern wind band. Directed by Dennis Zeisler. University Theatre.
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 Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 in E Minor. Directed by Paul Kim. University Theatre.

Sunday, December 3, 2016, 7 pm
Holiday Seasons
Holiday Seasons Concert with Jim Kosnik and soprano Ellen Golliher. Ticket Price:  $35.00 per person. The Hermitage Museum, 7637 N Shore Rd, Norfolk, VA 23505

Saturday, December 3, 2016, 7 pm
Virginia Handbell Consort: Deck the Halls with Bronze
St. Mark Lutheran Church announces the Sine Nomine Christmas program, Deck the Halls with Bronze, by the Virginia Handbell Consort. The Virginia Handbell Consort under the direction of Al Reese is “celebrating 20 years of sharing the joy of ringing.”  They return to St. Mark for a program of holiday music.  The holiday program will feature "something for everyone!"  From the standard band arrangement of Leroy Anderson's timeless medley, "A Christmas Festival," to original works like Arnold Sherman's "Gloria" and "A Shepherd's Dream" by Al Rees. Valerie Stephenson's "Deck the Halls with Bells and Boogie" and Hart Morris' arrangement of "Blue Christmas" will have you moving (and probably singing) right along with the group!  The program is free and open to the public.  Contributions will be accepted to help support the concert series.  A reception following the program will provide an opportunity to meet and talk with the performers, and purchase recordings.  Call 898-4395 for additional information.St. Mark Lutheran Church, 118 Old York-Hampton Highway, Yorktown

Saturday, December 3, 2016, 7:30 pm
PCC: The Raleigh Ringers
The Raleigh Ringers is an internationally acclaimed, advanced community handbell choir based in Raleigh, North Carolina. Since its founding in 1990, this group has been dazzling concert audiences with unique interpretations of sacred, secular and popular music, including famous rock ‘n’ roll tunes arranged just for handbells. Under the direction of David M. Harris, The Raleigh Ringers has six CDs and two DVDs of holiday concerts titled One Winter Evening at Meymandi and A December Tradition. Their first concertwas broadcast on more than 250 public television stations in 44 states. The second one has been broadcast in 37 states on over 8- public television stations. Tickets: Adult/$25, Student/$10. http://www.portsmouthcommunityconcerts.com/ Willett Hall, 3701 Willett Drive, Portsmouth 23707

Saturday, December 3, 2016, 1:30 & 3:00 pm
Sunday, December 4, 2016, 1:30 & 3:00 pm

WSO: Holiday Pops Concert
The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra (formerly known as The Williamsburg Symphonia), Janna Hymes, Music Director -13th Season. The program is a festive seasonal mix designed to entertain the whole family, and each performance lasts approximately 50 minutes. Joining the Williamsburg Symphony this year will be jazz vocalist Brett Cahoon of the local jazz quartet Good Shot Judy. Cahoon will sing crooner carols such as “It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas,” and the orchestra will perform familiar classics such as “Deck the Halls” and “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” The concert includes inviting a guest from the audience to conduct the instrumental “Sleigh Ride.” Tickets to WSO’s Holiday Pops concerts are available online through Colonial Williamsburg’s web site: www.colonialwilliamsburg.com. The cost is $30 per person for general seating. For more information, visit www.williamsburgsymphony.org and follow The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra on Facebook and Twitter @WMBGSymphony.Kimball Theater, 428 West Duke Of Gloucester  Williamsburg, VA 23185

Virginia Opera: The Barber of Seville
Just need a trim? A stylish shave? How about a little help with your love life? Where do you turn? Well, to your trusted barber, of course! Rossini’s perfect masterpiece of opera buffa, The Barber of Seville follows the exploits of Figaro, the mischievous barber, tossing you from one hilarious situation to another! Top it all off with a score that is infectious – and you’ll soon discover why this is the world’s most popular comic opera! As the all-knowing barber, Virginia Beach native Will Liverman, a graduate of Norfolk's Governor’s School for the Arts, who is making quite a name for himself as a leading baritone in major opera houses, will enchant you in his Virginia Opera debut. Joined by a cast of Virginia Opera audience favorites, as we welcome back Megan Marino and Andrew Owens, former Herndon Foundation Emerging Artists. This cast will amaze and delight. Michael Shell (The Magic Flute 2013) directs this rendition of his clever production, enjoyed at leading opera houses across the country, which is sure to leave you laughing in the aisles! Sung in Italian with English Supertitles. Visit http://www.vaopera.org/season-tickets/ticket-information/ticketing-offers.html or phone 1.866.673.7282
Harrison Opera House, 160 W Virginia Beach Blvd., Norfolk, VA
December 3, 2016, December 4, 2016
Center for the Arts, 4373 Mason Pond Drive, Fairfax, VA

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
Saturday, December 3, 2016 7 pm
Christmas Concert Knights of Columbus Hall, 211 W. Government Ave., Norfolk. Free with donation of one non-perishable food item to The Holy Trinity Food Pantry.
Sunday, December 4, 4:15 pm
Tree Lighting Ceremony Free. Chesapeake General Hospital , 36 N. Battlefield Blvd., Chesapeake.
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

Sunday, December 4, 2016, 2:30 pm
Hampton Roads Philharmonic
Hampton Roads Philharmonic, Steven Brindle, Music Director. The Skater’s Waltz, Waldteufel; Dream Pantomine: Hansel & Gretel, Humperdinck; Sleigh Ride, Leroy Anderson; The Nutcracker: Ballet Suite, Tchaikovsky; ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, arr. Holcomb; Christmas Sing-A-Long, Traditional. You can find us online at www.Facebook.com/hrphil or www.hrphil.org Adult tickets are $20 each and tickets for military, senior citizens and students 17 and under are $18.  Tickets will also be sold at the door the day of the concert. Discount tickets for groups of 10 or more - call 757-726-7369 for more information. ticketmaster The American Theatre, 125 E Mellen St, Hampton, VA 23663

Sunday, December 4, 2016, 4 pm
Sunday's at Four Fundraising Concert: Tidewater Cello Ensemble
Formed in 1998 in order to play at Chrysler Hall preceding Yo-Yo Ma’s performance, Tidewater Cello Ensemble Susan and Erin Hines, Directors, has played to great acclaim in Washington, D. C. as well as locally. Students from throughout Hampton Roads rehearse weekly to polish their rich burnished ensemble sound. This is a benefit performance. Your generous support for this fundraiser will allow Sundays at Four to continue to present top-quality programming and to support opportunities for students… such as master classes, scholarships, and recitals in the Historic District of Smithfield. There is no admission charge, but a free-will offering will be taken to help support the future of Sundays at Four programming. A reception follows. For more information: www.sundaysatfourva.org Christ Episcopal Church, 111 S. Church Street, Smithfield, VA

Sunday, December 4, 2016, 7:30 pm
Cantori Choral Ensemble: Magnificat!
The 2016 Christmas Concert will feature John Rutter’s glorious setting of Mary’s Song of Praise, The Magnificat. This extended multi-movement work will be accompanied by Rebecca Davy, piano; Madeline Dietrich, double bass; Dennis Herring, French horn; Ray Breakall, timpani and percussion and features Claudia Kessel as soprano soloist. Opening the concert will be two a cappella pieces: an extraordinary setting of The Annunciation, Gabriel’s Message, composed by Joshua Shank, and the much-beloved setting of the Ave Maria by Franz Biebl. No admission charge, donations will be received in support of Cantori. Walnut Hills Baptist Church, 1014 Jamestown Road, Williamsburg

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, 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

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, 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

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

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

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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