Holiday Concerts

THE BALTIMORE EVENING SUN

Thursday, Nov. 29 8 p.m. -- Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, led by Christopher Seaman with Kevin Kenner, pianist. Parkside High School, Salisbury. Tickets: $20, adults, $10, students. Call (301) 543-ARTS or the high school tonight.

riday, Nov. 30 8:15 p.m. -- Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, led by Christopher Seaman with Stephen Prutsman, pianist. Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Proceeds benefit 12 community organizations. Tickets: $10. Call 783-8000.

8:15 p.m. -- Baltimore Opera Company. The Lyric Opera House. Alexander Sander, conducts music of Wagner. Concert to be repeated at 3 p.m. Sunday; 8:15 p.m. Wednesday; and 8:15 p.m. Dec. 8. Tickets: $15-$70. Call 685-0692.

Saturday, Dec. 1 8 p.m. -- Baltimore Men's Chorus directed by James Harp. Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 811 Cathedral St. Concert to be repeated Sunday. Tickets: $10. Call 426-0082.

8 p.m. -- The Chieftains perform Irish music and songs. Shriver Hall, Johns Hopkins University. Tickets: $19 and $21. Call 338-7157.

8 p.m. -- Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, led by Christopher Seaman with pianist Kevin Kenner playing Mozart Piano Concerto No. 20. Gov. Thomas Johnson High School, Frederick. Tickets: $16; $6, students. Call 1-301-546-9607. Tickets on sale concert night.

8 p.m. -- University of Maryland Chorus conducted by Paul Traver. Memorial Chapel, University of Maryland, College Park. Tickets: $3, $6. Concert to be repeated 3 p.m. Sunday. Call 1-301-405-5568.

8:15 p.m. -- Towson State University Choral Society and University Orchestra conducted by John Terwilliger and Cyrus Ginwala. Towson State University, Fine Arts Center Tickets: $3, $2 for seniors, alumni, non-TSU students; free for students, faculty, staff. Call 830-ARTS.

Sunday, Dec. 2 2 p.m. -- St. Charles Chorale, directed by Virginia Reinecke. Charlestown Chapel, Charlestown Retirement Community, Maiden Choice Lane, Catonsville. Donations accepted.

3 p.m. -- Chamber Ensemble. Essex Community College, Recital Hall of Humanities and Arts Building. Admission is free.

3 p.m. -- Student music recital. Lecture Hall, Classroom Building, Dundalk Community College. Admission is free.

3 p.m. -- A Cappella Part Song Tradition, University Chorale Concert, Vincent P. Lawrence, conductor. Towson State, Fine Arts Center. Tickets: $3; $2, seniors, students. Call 830-ARTS.

3 p.m. -- Hopkins Symphony Orchestra, directed by Eric Townell, with flutists Steven Haaser and Karen Dilly. Modern Brass Quintet plays in lobby 2:30 to 3 p.m. Shriver Hall, Johns Hopkins University. Tickets: $5, $3 for seniors and students. Tickets available at door or 31st Street Bookstore, 425 E. 31st. St. Call 338-6332.

3 p.m. -- Baltimore Opera Company Wagner concert. See Nov. 30 for details.

3 p.m. -- Quartet Concert, second part of three-part concert of quartet for piano and strings, Adrian Semo, Richard Field, Mihaly Virizlay and Robin Kissinger. Turner Auditorium, Johns Hopkins Hospital. Donations accepted. (Third part Jan. 13.)

3 p.m. -- Memorial Chapel, University of Maryland, College Park. Same as 8 p.m. Dec. 1.

3:30 p.m. -- Recital with Kathe Jarka, cellist, and Marija Stroke, pianist, in Young Artist Series at St. Joseph's Monastery Church, 3800 Frederick Ave. Donations accepted.

5:30 p.m. -- Festival of Lessons and Carols for Advent with the choir of the Church of St. Michael and All Angels. David Riley directs. Randall Mullin is the organist. Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5200 N. Charles St. Donations accepted. Call 433-8803.

7 p.m. -- "Holiday Harvest for the Hungry" concert with the U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers' Chorus. Audience is asked to donate non-perishable canned goods. Kraushaar Auditorium, Goucher College. Admission is free, but tickets required. Call 547-7025.

7:30 p.m. -- Handel's "Messiah" sung by the Columbia Pro Contare Chorus. Soloists are Margaret Genovese, Marianna Busching, Grayson Hirst and Richard Zeller. Hammond High School, Columbia. Tickets: $11, $8 for seniors, students. Call 465-5744 or 997-5290.

8 p.m. -- Jazz concert with Peabody Ragtime Ensemble and jazz pianists Ellis Larkins and Mel Spears. Centennial Hall, Bryn Mawr School, 109 W. Melrose Ave. Tickets: $12. Call 484-5200.

8 p.m. -- Baltimore Men's Chorus concert repeated. Emmanuel Episcopal Church. See details under Dec. 1.

Tuesday, Dec. 4 8:15 p.m. -- Peabody Institute Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Gene Young. Friedberg Concert Hall, Peabody Institute. Admission is free.

Wednesday, Dec. 5 8:15 p.m. -- Wagner Concert by Baltimore Opera Company. The Lyric. See Nov. 30 for details.

Thursday, Dec. 6 8:15 p.m. -- Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Celebrity B Series, with pianist Alicia de Larrocha and conductor Christopher Seaman. Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Concert repeated same time Dec. 7. Tickets: $11-$37. Call 783-8000.

Friday, Dec. 7 8 p.m. -- "Hansel and Gretel," opera ensemble and orchestra, with conductor Nathan Carter. Program to be repeated at 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 8 and 2 p.m. Dec. 9. Schaefer Ballroom, Baltimore School for the Arts, 712 Cathedral St. Tickets: $6, $4 for seniors, students. Call 396-1185.

8:15 p.m. -- BSO concert, a repeat. Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. See Dec. 6. for details.

Saturday, Dec. 8 4 p.m. -- "Joy of Christmas" concert by Cathedral Choral Society. Concert to be repeated same time Dec. 9. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues, N.W. Washington. Tickets: $8. Call 1-202-966-3423.

6:30 p.m. -- Elizabethan Feast including music and dance. Costumes encouraged. Seating limited. Second Presbyterian Church, 4200 St. Paul St. Tickets: $25. Call 467-4210 before Dec. 5.

8 p.m. -- Handel's complete "Messiah" by the Annapolis Chorale's chorus and orchestra directed by J. Ernest Green. Soloists include soprano Filomena Amaro and baritone Jose Oliveira Lopes. St. Martin's Lutheran Church, Hill Top Lane and Spa Road, Annapolis. Tickets: $8 and $12. Call 263-4471 or 956-6881.

8:15 p.m. -- Conservatory Holiday Concert with Peabody Hopkins Chorus and Peabody Wind Ensemble, directed by Edward Polochick. Friedberg Concert Hall, Peabody Institute. Tickets: $8, for seniors and students with ID. Call 659-8124.

8:15 p.m. -- Pops concert by Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, led by Jerry Goldsmith, Hollywood composer and conductor. Show to be repeated at 3 p.m. Dec. 9. Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Tickets: $14 to $37. Call 783-8000.

8:15 p.m. -- Wagner concert by Baltimore Opera Company. See Nov. 30 for details.

8:30 p.m. -- Shriver Hall Concert Series with American Chamber Players. Shriver Hall, Johns Hopkins University. Tickets: $16, $6 for students. Call 338-7164.

Sunday, Dec. 9 3 p.m. -- "Harvest for the Hungry" concert with U.S. Army Field Band and Soldier's Chorus. Donations of non-perishable canned and other goods accepted. Free tickets required in advance. Health/Life Fitness Complex, Dundalk Community College. Call 285-9848.

3 p.m. -- Loyola College Concert Choir, led by director Ernest Liotti, presents seasonal and other music. Admission is Free. Alumni Chapel, Loyola College, 4501 N. Charles St.

3 p.m. -- College of Nortre Dame concert choir under the direction of Sister Joseph Mary Zimmer. Admission is free. LeClerc Auditorium, College of Notre Dame, 4701 N. Charles St.

3 p.m. -- Renaissance Christmas Concert featuring the Baltimore Choral Arts Society chorus and Annapolis Brass Quintet. Renaissance Sculpture Court, Walters Art Gallery. Admission to gallery and concert is free. First come, first served seating. Call 547-9000.

3 p.m. -- Holiday Sing-Along, led by Handel Choir, directed by T. Herbert Dimmock. Baltimore Convention Center. Event is free.

3 p.m. -- BSO pops concert, same program as 8:15 p.m. Dec. 8. Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.

3:30 p.m. -- Chamber Music Society of Baltimore, woodwind players from New York and Baltimore, and BSO members play three new commissions, works by Gunther Schuller, Ross Lee Finney and Conrad Susa. Baltimore Museum of Art. Tickets: $13, $11 and $7. Call 486-7566 or 366-8504.

4 p.m. -- "Joy of Christmas" concert featuring Cathedral Choral Society. Repeat of Dec. 8 concert. Washington National Cathedral. Tickets $8. Call 1-202-966-3423.

4:30 p.m. -- Festival of Lessons and Carols with Chancel Choir, instrumental ensemble directed by Bruce R. Eicher. Grace United Methodist Church, 5407 N. Charles St.

7 p.m. -- Handel's "Messiah" (Christmas part) featuring Saint David's Choir and Chamber Orchestra. Saint Davids' Church, 4700 Roland Ave. Donation: $10, $6 for seniors, children.

7:30 p.m. -- Christmas Concert featuring University Choir, under direction of Nathan Carter, and soprano Veronica Tyler. Murphy Auditorium, Morgan State University. Tickets: $6, $3 for students with ID. Call 444-3286.

7:30 p.m. -- Annual Cantor's Concert by tenor Chris Merritt with pianist Aileen G. Hammerman. Beth El Congregation, 8101 Park Heights Ave. Tickets: $50, $25, $15. All seats reserved. Call 484-0411.

Monday, Dec. 10 8 p.m. -- Concert by Pat Boone, Florence Henderson, "We Wish You a Merry Christmas." Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Tickets: $16- $30. Call 783-8000.

8 p.m. -- Christmas concert with Maryland Camerata and University of Maryland Baltimore County Concert Choir. Chapel of Our lady of the Angels, Charlestown Retirement Community, 711 Maiden Choice Lane. Admission is free.

8 p.m. -- "A Feast of Carols" and Ralph Vaughan Williams' Christmas cantata, the Laurel Oratorio Society. St. Mary's Catholic Church, 114 Eighth St., Laurel. Tickets: $9 in advance; $10 at the door; $7 for seniors, students. Call Ralph Loen, 1-301-490-9700 or 776-6267.

Tuesday, Dec. 11 7:30 p.m. -- Vienna Choir Boys concert. Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Tickets: $16-$30. Call 783-8000.

8 p.m. -- Christmas concert of carols with the Choir of Women of the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen and Robert Twynham, music director at the Cathedral. The concert is free, but a collection will be taken to benefit the Cardinal Shehan Fund for 1000 student scholarships at inner-city Catholic schools. Soloists are Eileen Mason, harp, and Paul Binko, piano. St. Philip and St. James Church, Charles and 28th streets.

Thursday, Dec. 13 9 a.m. -- BSO open rehearsal with guest conductor James DePreist. Program offered by Baltimore Symphony Associates before 8:15 p.m. performance. Peter Moskowitz, moderator, Nelson Freire, pianist. Fee of $5 includes refreshments. Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Call 783-8050. Rehearsal seats limited. Reservations accepted until Dec. 7.

8:15 p.m. -- BSO concert with pianist Freire and conductor

DePreist. Concert repeated same time Dec. 14. Meyerhoff

Symphony Hall. Tickets $11-$37. Call 783-8000.

Friday, Dec. 14 7:30 p.m. -- The 56th annual "Messiah" concert by the Handel Choir, the first of four Messiahs in five days. For Dec. 14, 15, 16 concerts, tickets are $13, $10 for seniors and students. For Dec. 18 concert, tickets are $6, $12 and $15. St. Mark Church, Catonsville. Call Telecharge at 625-1400 or mail check to Handel Choir, P.O. Box 26913, Baltimore 21212.

7-8 p.m. -- Merry Tuba Christmas concert featuring several hundred tuba, sousaphone, baritone, euphonium players directed by Harvey Phillips. Harborplace. Event is free. If bad weather, in atrium of Hyatt Regency Hotel.

8 p.m. -- "The Nutcracker," choreographed by Sylvester Campbell. Program to be repeated at 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 15 and 2 p.m. Dec. 16. Schaefer Ballroom, Baltimore School for the Arts. ,, Tickets: $6, $4 for seniors, students. Call 396-1185.

8:15 p.m. -- BSO concert. Same program as Dec. 13. Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Call 783-8000.

Saturday, Dec. 15 7 p.m. -- Community Chorus concert with Greater Baltimore Youth Chorale, Greater Baltimore Youth Orchestra. Essex Community College, Community Center Theater. Admission is free.

7:30 p.m. -- Handel's "Messiah" by Handel Choir. See details Dec. 14. Second Presbyterian Church, 4200 St. Paul St.

8:15 p.m. -- Pops concert with BSO Chorus and Chamber Chorus, led by Edward Polochick and Children's Chorus of Maryland, led by Andrea Nutter Macon. Junior League benefit. Program repeated at 3 p.m. Dec. 16. Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Tickets: Dec. 15, $24-$60; and Dec. 16, $18-$40. Call 783-8000.

8:15 p.m. -- Peabody Winter Recital, Peabody Preparatory singers, dancers, instrumentalists. Carol Bartlett is artistic director. Friedberg Concert Hall, Peabody Institute. Tickets $8, $4. Call 659-8124.

Sunday, Dec. 16 3 p.m. -- Pops concert with BSO Chorus, Children's Chorus of Maryland. Same program as 8:15 p.m. Dec. 15. Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.

3 p.m. -- Holiday concert with Annapolis Chorale and Orchestra to benefit Beans and Bread meal program at 1621 Aliceanne St. SS Philip and James Church, 2801 N. Charles St. Tickets $10 at the door. Call 547-5377.

3:30 p.m. -- Pro Musica Rara Concert, on Beethoven's 220th birthday, Pro Musica Rara, fortepiano trios of Beethoven, Haydn and Mozart by violinist Cynthia Roberts, cellist Allen Whear and Shirley Mathews, fortepiano and artistic director. Baltimore Museum of Art. Tickets: $5, $9 and $12. Call 889-4920.

4 p.m. -- Handel's "Messiah" by Handel Choir. St. Joseph's Church, Cockeysville. See details Dec. 14.

8 p.m. -- Baltimore Chamber Orchestra concert. Dundalk Community College Theatre. Admission is free. Call 285-9875.

Tuesday, Dec. 18 Noon -- "Time Out" concert with Musica Antiqua. Community College Center, Dundalk Community College. Admission is free.

7:30 p.m. -- Handel's "Messiah" by Handel Choir. See Dec. 14 for details. Kraushaar Auditorium, Goucher College.

8 p.m. -- Baltimore Chamber Orchestra Christmas concert with Anne Harrigan, music director. St. Mary's Seminary Chapel, Northern Parkway and Roland Avenue. Concert to be repeated at same time and place Dec. 19. Tickets: $12, $9 for seniors, students. Call 366-8973.

8:15 p.m. -- Peabody Symphony Orchestra concert with Teri Murai, guest conductor. Darci Bultema, winner of the 1990 Sylvia L. Green voice competition at Peabody, soprano soloist. Friedberg Concert Hall, Peabody Institute. Tickets: $8, $4 for seniors, students with ID, alumni. Call 659-8124.

Wednesday, Dec. 19 10:30 a.m. -- Children's Center concert with Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, conductor Chosei Komatsu, narrator Rheda Becker and Baltimore School for the Arts dancers. Turner Auditorium, Johns Hopkins Hospital. Admission free for patients, staff, neighborhood children.

7:30 p.m. -- Handel's complete "Messiah" by Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Chorus lead by Edward Polochick. Soloists are Sheryl Woods, Christine Cairns, Kip Wilborn, David Arnold. Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Tickets: $14-$26.

8 p.m. -- Baltimore Chamber Orchestra Christmas concert. See details for 8 p.m. Dec. 18. St. Mary's Seminary Chapel, Northern Parkway and Roland Avenue.

Saturday, Dec. 22 10 a.m. -- BSO Holiday Concert for Kids, including Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf" and excerpts from Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker," by Baltimore Symphony Orchestra led by Chosei Komatsu. Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Tickets: $6 at BSO box office.

4 p.m. -- Christmas for kids concert (50 minutes) featuring the Choral Arts Society, chorus and orchestra led by Tom Hall, and Children's Chorus of Maryland led by Andrea Nutter Macon. Steve Aveson will tell stories. Kraushaar Auditorium, Goucher College. Tickets: $7. Call 523-7070.

7:30 p.m. -- BSO "Messiah." Repeat of Dec. 19 concert. Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.

8 p.m. -- "A Byrd and Brass Christmas," a concert by the Charlie Byrd Trio and Annapolis Brass Quintet. Program , including a lecture and tour of library, is part of International Brass Quintet Festival, Great Music and Great Spaces in Mount Vernon. The Peabody Library. Tickets: $15. Call 1-301-235-4302.

Sunday, Dec. 23 3 p.m. -- Christmas concert with Choral Arts Society, the Children's Chorus of Maryland, storyteller Steve Aveson. Kraushaar Auditorium, Goucher College. Tickets: $7, $17 and $20. Call 523-7070.

7 p.m. -- "A Family Christmas Concert" with Maryland Camerata under direction of Samuel Gordon. Free concert. East Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Call 455-2942.

Saturday, Dec. 29 1:30 p.m. -- Rossini's "Semiramide" Met radio broadcast, live Metropolitan Opera production with Baltimore tenor Chris Merritt, Marilyn Horne, Samuel Ramey and June Anderson. WBJC Radio (91.5 FM).

Saturday, Jan. 5 2 p.m. -- Concert by Boys Choir of Harlem. Second of BSO's five-concert series "A Taste of Something New." (Concert does not include the BSO). Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Tickets: $14- $26. Call 783-8000.

Sunday, Jan. 6 4 p.m. -- Twelfth Night Concert, The Children's Chorus of Maryland's annual concert. Three choirs and 100 voices. Second Presbyterian Church, 4200 St. Paul St. Tickets: $8 adults, $5 students, seniors. Tickets available at the door.

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