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Holiday Concert Guide 2013 for Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia

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Holiday Concert Guide 2013 for Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia © US Army Band

Following is a schedule of holiday concerts in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia. Get tickets for a variety of musical performances including Christmas classics, sing-alongs, Hanukkah songs and much more.

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Concerts in Washington DC

Holiday Shindig at Gypsy Sally’s
November 29-30, 2013. Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K Street Washington DC. The new Georgetown music venue will host Austin-based stars Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison performing holiday tunes. Tickets: $30-35.

The Lost Christmas Eve by The Trans Siberian Orchestra
December 4, 2013. Verizon Center, Washington DC. Trans-Siberian Orchestra is a rock orchestra that incorporates progressive rock, symphonic metal, and heavy metal, with influences from classical music. They are known for their elaborate concerts, particularly their unique renditions of traditional Christmas songs, complete with a full light show and pyrotechnics. Tickets: $34 and up. Available through Ticketmaster.com.

Season’s Greenings at the Botanic Garden
Tuesdays and Thursdays, December 5-26, 2013, 6-8 p.m. National Mall, Washington, DC. Free musical performances amidst the unique holiday exhibit.

Washington National Cathedral
December 6-8, 2013. 3101 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Washington, DC. (202) 537-2228. Enjoy the masterpiece of Handel’s Messiah, The Holiday classic is performed by the Baroque–period orchestra and guest soloists joining the Cathedral’s combined boy, girl and men’s choirs. Tickets: $29-$85.

The Washington Revels
December 7-8 and 13-15, 2013. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 21st and H Streets, NW, Washington, DC. (800) 595-4849. The annual Christmas Revels will be a lively celebration with spirited dances of the Balkan mountains, the dulcet notes of the Grecian shores, thrilling melodies of Bulgaria and Turkey, and the distant echoes of Thrace that reached into neighboring regions. Tickets: $12-$45.

United States Navy Band Commodores: Swing in the Holidays
December 8, 2013, 6:30 p.m. National Gallery of Art, 6th and Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.  This performance by the Navy's premier jazz ensemble features holiday favorites such as Jingle Bells, The Little Drummer Boy and Duke Ellington's adaptation of the Nutcracker Suite.  Singer Musician First Class Casey Elliott joins the Commodores for vocal renditions of The Christmas Song, A Child is Born and a holiday sing-along.  The performance is free and no tickets are required.


THE STORY TOUR
December 10, 2013, 7 p.m. Patriot Center, Fairfax, VA. The Christmas celebration features an all-star cast of some of today’s top Christian recording artists including Casting Crowns, Steven Curtis Chapman, Natalie Grant, Matthew West, Nichole Nordeman, Selah and Rawsrvnt, along with special guest author/speaker Randy Frazee, musical director Bernie Herms, and a full orchestra and children’s choir. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.com. Tickets: $75, $55, $40 and $20 (plus applicable service charges)

National Symphony Orchestra Pops: Happy Holidays
December 12–14, 2013. John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F St. NW, Washington, DC. (202) 467-4600. Capture the spirit of the season with this NSO holiday concert, featuring holiday music in diverse styles. Tickets: $20-$85.

Washington National Cathedral
December 14-15, 2013. 3101 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Washington, DC. (202) 537-5527. Joy of Christmas, This festive holiday concert includes favorite carols performed by the Madrigal Singers of St. Albans and National Cathedral Schools and the world premiere of a Christmas carol by renowned American composer Lee Hoiby Tickets: $20-$80.

Washington Chorus - A Candlelight Christmas
December 15, 21, and 22, 2013. Kennedy Center Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW, Washington, DC. Traditional carols, sing a-longs, new settings and arrangements of seasonal favorites – some by Julian Wachner – are all combined in the trademark mix that is a signature of the Washington yuletide season. Tickets: $15-70.

Sing We All Nowell! - Thomas Circle Singers
December 15, 2013, 4 p.m. St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 4900 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC. A popular Washington tradition featuring a choral procession with bells and an audience singalong of favorite carols. Tickets: $15-20.

HOT 99.5’s Jingle Ball 2013
December 16, 2013, 7 p.m. at the Verizon Center in Washington DC. The all-star performers will include Miley Cyrus, Austin Mahone, Robin Thicke, Enrique Iglesias, Fall Out Boy, Paramore, Jason Derulo, Fifth Harmony and Flo Rida. Tickets will be on sale beginning Saturday, October 19 at 12 p.m. through Ticketmaster.com.

Free Concerts at the Willard Hotel
Throughout December 2013. 1401 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, DC. Enjoy holiday music from top choral and musical ensembles from around the Washington, DC Metro area.

National Gallery of Art
Throughout December 2013. 7th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC. Celebrate the holiday season with free programs that include caroling, concerts, gallery talks, and more. Guest choirs lead afternoon sing-along caroling on December 14, 15, 21, and 22, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Free concerts are offered on Sundays, December 1, 8 and 29, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. in the West Garden Court of the West Building,

The Choral Arts Society of Washington
December 16, 21 and 24, 2013. Kennedy Center Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW, Washington, DC. An Enchanted Christmas captures the spirit of the season with concert mixed with Yuletide classics, Italian carols, and the always popular sing-along. Tickets: $15-65.

National Symphony Orchestra's Handel's Messiah
December 19-22, 2013. John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F St. NW, Washington, DC. (202) 467-4600 Enjoy a concert of favorite holiday music. Tickets: $20-$85.

Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington
December 20- 21, 2013.  Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st Street NW, Washington, DC. (202) 293-1548. Grammy Award-winner Matt Alber performs with 200 singers, costumes, dancers and even a few nuns. Celebrate the holidays with one of the nation’s largest choruses with songs and carols from “The Christmas Can-Can” to “O Come, All Ye Faithful” and “The Twelve Days of Christmas” as you’ve never seen it before! Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m. Tickets: $59.

Nowell Sing We Clear by the The Folklore Society of Greater Washington
December 21, 2013, 3:00 p.m. Washington Ethical Society, 7750 Sixteenth Street, NW, Washington DC. The concert features a vast repertoire of Christmas/winter solstice songs, carols, stories and rituals drawn from English-language traditions.  While much of the singing is unaccompanied, the group also performs energetic dance music on fiddle, button accordion, electric piano, drums, and concertina Tickets: $22-30. Students with valid ID: $10

A Jazz New Year’s Eve
December 31, 2013. John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F St. NW, Washington, DC. (202) 467-4600. Ring in the New Year in style with a sizzling late-night jazz performance by NEA Jazz Master pianist Ramsey Lewis and guitarist-vocalist John Pizzarelli as they pay homage to Nat King Cole. Tickets: $75 and up.

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