December calendar

Classical performances in and around Richmond, with selected events elsewhere in Virginia and the Washington area. Program information, provided by presenters, is updated as details become available. Adult ticket prices are listed; senior, student/youth, military, group and other discounts may be offered. Service fees may be added.

Contact presenters or venues for Covid-19 safety protocols.

Dec. 1 (7:30 p.m.)
Zeiders American Dream Theater, 4509 Commerce St., Virginia Beach
Dec. 3 (7:30 p.m.)
Perkinson Arts & Education Center, 11810 Centre St., Chester
Will Liverman, baritone
Adam Turner, piano

songs TBA by Florence Price, Damien Geter, H. Leslie Adams, Harry T. Burleigh, Damien Sneed
$30
(866) 673-7282
http://vaopera.org

Dec. 1 (noon)
Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress, First and East Capitol streets, Washington
Benjamin Alard, clavichord
Heinrich Scheidemann: “Lachrymae Pavan” (after John Dowland)
Johan Jakob Froberger: Toccata II in D minor
J.S. Bach: Partita No. 4 in D major, BWV 828
C.P.E. Bach: “12 Variations on ‘Folies d’Espagne’ ”

free; reservations required via http://blackbaud.com
(202) 707-5502
http://loc.gov/concerts

Dec. 1 (7 p.m.)
Dec. 2 (11:30 a.m.)
Dec. 3 (8 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
National Symphony Orchestra
David Robertson conducting

Steven Mackey: “Mnemosyne’s Pool”
Barber: “Knoxville, Summer of 1915”

Masabane Cecilia Rangwanasha, soprano
Bernstein: “West Side Story” Symphonic Dances
$19-$109
(800) 444-1324
http://kennedy-center.org

Dec. 2 (7:30 p.m.)
River Road Church, Baptist, River and Ridge roads, Richmond
Richmond Symphony
Anthony Blake Clark conducting

Handel: “Messiah”
Keely Bosworth Borland, soprano
Brenda Patterson, mezzo-soprano
William Ferguson, tenor
James McClure, baritone
Richmond Symphony Chorus

sold out (waiting list)
(804) 788-1212
http://richmondsymphony.com

Dec. 2 (7:30 p.m.)
St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 301 Sheppard Court, Waynesboro
Dec. 3 (4 p.m.)
Grace Episcopal Church, 5607 Gordonsville Road, Keswick
Three Notch’d Road: the Virginia Baroque Ensemble:
Sheila Dietrich, soprano
Fiona Hughes, baroque violin
Jeremy Ward, baroque cello
Anne Timberlake, recorders
Cameron Welke, lute/theorbo
Jennifer Streeter, harpsichord

“Western Noël”
folk songs, dance suites TBA
works TBA by Purcell, Dowland, Rameau, Josquin des Prez, Robert de Visée

$25
(434) 409-3424
http://tnrbaroque.org/concerts

Dec. 2 (7:30 p.m.)
Salem Civic Center, 1001 Roanoke Boulevard
Roanoke Symphony Orchestra
Roanoke Symphony Chorus
Roanoke Valley Children’s Choir
David Stewart Wiley conducting

“Holiday Pops Spectacular”
$32-$65
(540) 343-9127
http://rso.com

Dec. 2 (3 & 8 p.m.)
Dec. 3 (3 & 8 p.m.)
Hylton Arts Center, George Mason University, Manassas
Mason Opera
Joseph Walsh conducting

Menotti: “Amahl and the Night Visitors”
cast TBA
Gene Galvin stage director
in English
$24
(703) 993-7550
http://hylton.calendar.gmu.edu

Dec. 2 (7:30 p.m.)
Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington
Opera Lafayette
Jacob Ashworth directing
Emmanuelle de Negri, soprano
Justin Taylor, harpsichord

works TBA by Mozart, Jean-Joseph de Mondonville, others
$30-$95
(800) 444-1324
http://kennedy-center.org

Dec. 3 (7:30 p.m.)
Ryan Recital Hall, St. Christopher’s School, 711 St. Christopher Road, Richmond
Dec. 4 (3 p.m.)
Blackwell Auditorium, Randolph-Macon College, 205 Henry St., Ashland
Richmond Symphony Brass Ensemble
Chia-Hsuan Lin conducting

“Holiday Brass”
$25
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX)
http://richmondsymphony.com

Dec. 3 (2:30 & 4 p.m.)
Dec. 4 (2:30 & 4 p.m.)
Williamsburg Presbyterian Church, 215 Richmond Road
Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra
Michael Butterman conducting
Sarah Jane McMahon, guest star

“Holiday Pops”
$30
(757) 229-9857
http://williamsburgsymphony.org

Dec. 3 (8 p.m.)
Dec. 4 (3:30 p.m.)
Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia
UVa University Singers
Michael Slon conducting

“Family Holiday Concerts”
$11-$47
(434) 924-3376
http://music.virginia.edu/events

Dec. 3 (7:30 p.m.)
Academy Center for the Arts, 600 Main St., Lynchburg
Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra
David Glover conducting

“Happy Holidays with the LSO”
$30-$100
(434) 846-8499
http://lynchburgsymphony.org

Dec. 3 (4 p.m.)
Moss Arts Center, Virginia Tech, 190 Alumni Mall, Blacksburg
Roanoke Symphony Orchestra
Roanoke Symphony Chorus
Roanoke Valley Children’s Choir
David Stewart Wiley conducting

“Holiday Pops Spectacular”
$40-$75
(540) 231-5300
http://artscenter.vt.edu

Dec. 3 (7:30 p.m.)
Hylton Arts Center, George Mason University, Manassas
Manassas Chorale
Rebecca Verner directing

“Everywhere, Christmas Tonight”
$23-$25
(703) 993-7759
http://hyltoncenter.org

Dec. 3 (2 p.m.)
Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress, First and E. Capitol streets, Washington
Thomas Dunford, lute
works TBA by John Dowland, Giovanni Girolamo Kapsperger, Joan Ambrosio Dalza, J.S. Bach
free; reservations required via http://blackbaud.com
(202) 707-5502
http://loc.gov/concerts

Dec. 4 (4 p.m.)
Trinity Lutheran Church, 2315 N. Parham Road, Richmond
Richmond Choral Society
Markus Compton directing
Keith Tan, piano
Christopher Martin, organ

“Christmas with the Richmond Choral Society”
works TBA by Poulenc, Eric Whitacre, others

$15 in advance, $18 at door
(804) 353-9582
http://richmondchoralsociety.org

Dec. 4 (5 & 8 p.m.)
Cannon Memorial Chapel, University of Richmond
UR Schola Cantorum & Women’s Chorale
Jeffrey Riehl directing

Christmas Festival of Lessons and Carols
free
(804) 289-8980
http://modlin.richmond.edu

Dec. 4 (7 p.m.)
St. Benedict Catholic Church, 300 N. Sheppard St., Richmond
Dec. 5 (11 a.m.)
Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Laurel Street at Floyd Avenue, Richmond
Three Notch’d Road: the Virginia Baroque Ensemble:
Sheila Dietrich, soprano
Fiona Hughes, baroque violin
Jeremy Ward, baroque cello
Anne Timberlake, recorders
Cameron Welke, lute/theorbo
Jennifer Streeter, harpsichord

“Western Noël”
folk songs, dance suites TBA
works TBA by Purcell, Dowland, Rameau, Josquin des Prez, Robert de Visée

free; registrations required via http://ticketbud.com (St. Benedict), http://eventbrite.com (Cathedral)
(434) 409-3424
http://tnrbaroque.org/concerts

Dec. 5 (7 p.m.)
Virginia Museum of History and Biography, Arthur Ashe Boulevard at Kensington Avenue, Richmond
Richmond Philharmonic
Peter Wilson conducting

“Holiday Pops”
free
(804) 556-1039
http://richmondphilharmonic.org

Dec. 6 (8 p.m.)
Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
UVa University Singers, UVa Chamber Singers, Virginia Glee Club & Virginia Women’s Chorus members
Michael Slon directing
“Messiah Sing-In” with audience sing-along in choruses
scores provided
$10
(434) 924-3376
http://music.virginia.edu/events

Dec. 6 (7:30 p.m.)
Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington
Young Concert Artists:
Daniel McGrew, tenor
pianist TBA
songs TBA by Brahms, Debussy, Britten, Sally Beamish, others
$20-$45
(800) 444-1324
http://kennedy-center.org

Dec. 8 (7 p.m.)
Ginter Park Presbyterian Church, Seminary and Walton avenues, Richmond
Dec. 11 (4 p.m.)
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Ninth and Grace streets, Richmond
Richmond Allied Voices
Holiday concert
donation requested
(804) 537-0094
http://alliedrva.org

Dec. 8 (7:30 p.m.)
Ferguson Arts Center, Christopher Newport University, Newport News
Dec. 9 (7:30 p.m.)
Chrysler Hall, 215 St. Paul’s Boulevard, Norfolk
Dec. 11 (7 p.m.)
Sandler Arts Center, 201 S. Market St., Virginia Beach
Virginia Symphony Pops
conductor TBA
guest artists TBA
“Holiday Pops”
$25-$114
(757) 892-6366
http://virginiasymphony.org

Dec. 8 (7:30 p.m.)
Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington
Vocal Arts DC:
Rihab Chaieb, mezzo-soprano
Brian Zeger, piano

Ravel: “Shéhérazade”
works TBA by Brahms
Arabic songs TBA

$50
(800) 444-1324
http://kennedy-center.org

Dec. 9 (7 p.m.)
St. James’s Episcopal Church, 1205 W. Franklin St., Richmond
Richmond chapter, American Guild of Organists’ Repertoire Recital Series:
Scott Detra, organ
Franck: “Pièce héroïque”
Franck: Pastorale
Franck: “Prière”
Franck: Choral I in E major
Franck: Cantabile
Franck: “Grande Pièce symphonique”

reception follows
donation requested
(804) 355-1779
http://richmondago.org/organ-repertoire-recital-series

Dec. 9 (7:30 p.m.)
Holy Comforter Episcopal Church, Monument Avenue at Staples Mill Road, Richmond
Dec. 10 (7:30 p.m.)
All Saints Episcopal Church, 8787 River Road, Richmond
James River Singers
David Pedersen directing

“The Glory of the Season”
works TBA by Mendelssohn, Hans Leo Hassler, Heinrich Schütz, Moses Hogan, others

$25
(757) 814-5446
http://thejamesriversingers.org/concerts

Dec. 9 (8 p.m.)
Hylton Arts Center, George Mason University, Manassas
American Pops Festival Orchestra
Peter Wilson conducting

“Holiday Pops: Songs of the Season”
$36-$60
(703) 993-7550
http://hyltoncenter.org

Dec. 9 (8 p.m.)
Center for the Arts, George Mason University, Fairfax
Vienna Boys Choir
Gerald Wirth directing

“Christmas in Vienna”
$33-$55
(703) 993-2787
http://cfa.gmu.edu

Dec. 9 (8 p.m.)
Dec. 10 (2 & 8 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
National Symphony Orchestra Pops
Steven Reineke conducting
Laura Benati, guest star

“A Holiday Pops!”
$29-$99
(800) 444-1324
http://kennedy-center.org

Dec. 9 (8 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
National Philharmonic
Piotr Gajewski conducting

Tchaikovsky: “Romeo and Juliet” Fantasy-Overture
Bernstein: “West Side Story” Suite
(David Newman arrangement)
Sarah Chang, violin
Prokofiev: “Romeo and Juliet” (excerpts)
$29-$79
(877) 276-1444
http://strathmore.org

Dec. 10 (2 p.m.)
St. James’s Episcopal Church, 1205 W. Franklin St., Richmond
Richmond chapter, American Guild of Organists’ Repertoire Recital Series:
Scott Detra, organ
Franck: Choral III in A minor
Franck: Fantaisie in C major
Franck: Choral II in B minor
Franck: Fantaisie in A major
Franck: Prélude, Fugue & Variation
Franck: Final

donation requested
(804) 355-1779
http://richmondago.org/organ-repertoire-recital-series

Dec. 10 (8 p.m.)
Center for the Arts, George Mason University, Fairfax
American Pops Festival Orchestra
Peter Wilson conducting

“Holiday Pops: Songs of the Season”
$36-$60
(703) 993-2787
http://cfa.gmu.edu

Dec. 11 (3:30 p.m.)
Bon Air Presbyterian Church, 9201 W. Huguenot Road, Richmond
Second Sunday South of the James:
“Messiah Sing-along”
instrumental ensemble
Anne Carr Regan conducting
Zarah Brock, soprano
Caroline Whisnant, mezzo-soprano
DeVonté Saunders, tenor
Chase Peak, bass

audience sing-along in choruses
warmup at 2:30 p.m.
donation requested
(804) 272-7514
http://bonairpc.org/wp/ministries-block/music-ministry-2/concert-series/

Dec. 11 (7 p.m.)
River Road Church, Baptist, River and Ridge roads, Richmond
River Road Chancel Choir
Robert Gallagher directing
Anastasia Jellison, harp

Britten: “A Ceremony of Carols”
Franz Biebl: “Ave Maria”
Maurice Duruflé: “Messe cum jubilo” – Gloria
carols TBA by Philip Hancock, June Nixon, Harold Darke, Elizabeth Poston

free; reservations required via http://eventbrite.com
(804) 288-1131
http://rrcb.org/e-carl-freeman-concert-series/

Dec. 11 (7:30 p.m.)
First Baptist Church, Monument Avenue at Arthur Ashe Boulevard, Richmond
Virginia Arts Festival:
Vienna Boys Choir
Gerald Wirth directing

“Christmas in Vienna”
$55
(757) 282-2822
http://vafest.org/events

Dec. 12 (7:30 p.m.)
Harrison Opera House, 160 E. Virginia Beach Boulevard, Norfolk
Virginia Arts Festival:
Vienna Boys Choir
Gerald Wirth directing

“Christmas in Vienna”
$21-$85
(757) 282-2822
http://vafest.org/events

Dec. 14 (7:30 p.m.)
St. Bede Catholic Church, 3686 Ironbound Road, Williamsburg
Dec. 15 (7 p.m.)
Chesapeake Conference Center, 700 Conference Center Drive
Dec. 17 (7:30 p.m.)
Historic Palace Theatre, 305 Mason Ave., Cape Charles
Virginia Symphony Brass Ensemble
“Holiday Brass”
$37-$79 (Williamsburg); $25 (Cape Charles); free (Chesapeake)
(757) 892-6366
http://virginiasymphony.org

Dec. 15 (7:30 p.m.)
Regent University Theater, Virginia Beach
Dec. 16 (7:30 p.m.)
First Baptist Church, 12716 Warwick Boulevard, Newport News
Dec. 17 (7:30 p.m.)
Chrysler Hall, 215 St. Paul’s Boulevard, Norfolk
Virginia Symphony Orchestra
Christine Brandes conducting

Handel: “Messiah”
Dominique Labelle, soprano
Sarah Coit, mezzo-soprano
Edward Graves, tenor
Michael Parham, baritone
Virginia Symphony Chorus

$25-$114
(757) 892-6366
http://virginiasymphony.org

Dec. 15 (7 p.m.)
Dec. 16 (8 p.m.)
Dec. 17 (8 p.m.)
Dec. 18 (1 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
National Symphony Orchestra
Fabio Biondi conducting

Handel: “Messiah”
Liv Redpath, soprano
Hannah Ludwig, mezzo-soprano
John Matthew Myers, tenor
Neal Davies, bass
Choral Arts Society of Washington

$15-$99
(800) 444-1324
http://kennedy-center.org

Dec. 16 (7:30 p.m.)
Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Laurel Street at Floyd Avenue,Richmond
Cathedral Choir
Daniel Sañez directing

Advent Lessons and Carols
prelude by Daniel Stipe, organ, at 7 p.m.
free; registration required via http://eventbrite.com
(804) 359-5651
http://richmondcathedral.org/concerts

Dec. 17 (1 & 4 p.m.)
Dec. 18 (7 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
The Washington Chorus
Eugene Rogers directing

“A Candlelight Christmas!”
$19-$109
(800) 444-1324
http://kennedy-center.org

Dec. 17 (8 p.m.)
Dec. 18 (3 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Dec. 23 (6:30 p.m.)
Capital One Hall, 7750 Capital One Tower Road, Tysons
National Philharmonic
Stan Engebretson conducting

Handel: “Messiah”
Kearstin Pipe Brown, soprano
Lucia Bradford, mezzo-soprano
Norman Shankle, tenor
Jorell Williams, baritone
National Philharmonic Chorale

$19-$102
(301) 493-9283
http://nationalphilharmonic.org

Dec. 18 (2 p.m.)
First Presbyterian Church, 4602 Cary Street Road, Richmond
First Presbyterian Chancel Choir & adult ensembles
Jason N. Brown directing

string quartet
Daniel Stipe, organ
Christmas concert
free
(804) 358-2383
http://fprichmond.org

Dec. 18 (5 p.m.)
All Saints Episcopal Church, 8787 River Road, Richmond
All Saints Choir of Men, Boys & Girls
Scott G. Hayes directing

Festival of Lessons and Carols
free
(804) 28-7811
http://allsaintsrichmond.org

Dec. 18 (7 p.m.)
Gallery5, 200 W. Marshall St., Richmond
Classical Revolution RVA:
artists TBA
program TBA
donation requested
(804) 678-8863 (Gallery5)
http://classicalrevolutionrva.com/events

Dec. 19 (7 p.m.)
Holy Comforter Episcopal Church, Monument Avenue at Staples Mill Road, Richmond
Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia:
Julie Bosworth, soprano
Natalie Rose Kress & Nicholas DiEugenio, violins
James Wilson, cello
Mary Boodell, flute
Cameron Welke, lute
Carsten Schmidt, harpsichord

“An Evening at Versailles”
works TBA by François Couperin, Élisabeth Claude Jacquet de La Guerre, Marin Marais, Michel Pignolet de Montéclair

$30
(804) 304-6312
http://cmscva.org

Dec. 19 (7 p.m.)
Dec. 24 (2 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
Choral Arts Society of Washington
Choral Arts Youth Choir
Choral Arts Orchestra
Jace Kaholokula Saplan & Brandon Straub conducting

“O Night Divine – Christmas with Choral Arts”
$15-$71
(800) 444-1324
http://kennedy-center.org

Dec. 21 (7 p.m.)
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Grove Avenue at Three Chopt Road, Richmond
Sanctuary, the Compline Choir
Brent te Velde directing
Peter Graydanus, cello
Antastasia Jellison, harp

Winter solstice concert
works TBA by Josef Rheinberger, Eleanor Daley, Jake Runestad, Toby Hession, Kim André Arnesen, Dan Forrest, Annabel Rooney, Gabriel Jackson, Joanna Gill, Kerensa Briggs, Pierre Villette

$20
(804) 288-2867
http://ststephensrva.org

Dec. 24 (11 a.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
Choral Arts Society of Washington
Choral Arts Symphonic Chorus
Choral Arts Brass Ensemble
Jace Kaholokula Saplan & Brandon Straub conducting

“A Family Christmas”
$20-$45
(800) 444-1324
http://kennedy-center.org

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