Musical cheer for the Christmas season

Baltimore Choral Arts Society, (410) 52-7070. 7 p.m. Dec. 11: Christmas concert including works by Britten, Holst and Robert Twynham. At Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5200 N. Charles St.

College of Notre Dame of Maryland, 4701 N. Charles St. (410) 256-8044, (410) 668-6614. 7 p.m. Dec. 11: "Irish Christmas," featuring Andy Cooney, Marie McVicker, Jimmy Kennedy, Buddy Connolly, Kimmy Kelly.


Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. (410) 783-8000. 8 p.m. Dec. 16-Dec. 17, 3 p.m. Dec. 18: Holiday Pops Concert sponsored by the Junior League of Baltimore, with the Baltimore Symphony Chorus, Friends School Choir and tenor David Smith.

Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5200 N. Charles St. (410) 433-8803. 5:30 p.m. Dec. 11: Baltimore Choral Arts Society, Tom Hall director, Paul Binko organist, perform Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten, two works by Robert Twynham and traditional carols and music for Advent and Christmas. 5:30 p.m. Dec. 18: Festival of Lessons and Carols by the Cathedral Choir of Men, Women and Boys.


Catonsville Community College, 800 S. Rolling Road. (410) 455-4508. 3 p.m. Dec. 17: Catonsville Community College Chorus performs a concert of Christmas music.

Central Presbyterian Church, 7308 York Road, Towson. (410) 823-6145. 7 p.m. Dec. 18: Celebration of Christmas -- Vivaldi's "Gloria" and traditional carols sung by all. Central Presbyterian Church Concert Choir, Descant and Children's Chorus, Chamber Orchestra and organist Beth Melcher. Free-will offering. Child care provided.

Charlestown Chapel, 711 Maiden Choice Lane. (410) 247-3400. 3 p.m. Dec. 11: Maryland Camerata performs works by Homilius, Victoria, Sweelinch, Distler, Debussy, Halsey Stevens, Lauridsen, Susa, Holmes, Gordon, Warlock and Gardner, and traditional Christmas carols.

* Dec. 13, 8 p.m.: University of Maryland Baltimore County Concert Choir in a program of holiday music with songs in Korean, Spanish, German, Latin and English.

* Dec. 20, 7 p.m.: St. Charles Chorale performs Gregorian Chant. Virginia Reinecke conducts, with pianist Alison Matuskey and organist Donald King.

* Dec. 25, 2 p.m.: The Washington Brass will entertain with music from three centuries, holiday favorites and a carol sing-along.

Choral Arts Society, (410) 523-7070. 1 p.m. Dec. 10: Christmas for Kids concert at Goucher College, Towson.

* 7 p.m. Dec. 10: Cathedral of Mary Our Queen -- Christmas Concert of works by Britten, Holst and Rutter.


* 8:30 p.m. Dec. 16-Dec. 17 and 19; 1 p.m. Dec. 18: Handel's "Messiah" at Kennedy Center, Washington.

Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N. Charles St. (410) 435-7333. 5 p.m. Dec. 18: Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols with organ, harp and percussion.

* 10:30 a.m. Jan. 1: Benjamin Britten's Ceremony of Carols. Carols for women's voices and harp.

College of Notre Dame of Maryland, 4701 N. Charles St. (410) 532-5386. 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11: Concert Choir of the College of Notre Dame.

Columbia Concert Band, (410) 461-6678. 7:15 p.m. Dec. 18: The band will give a winter concert at Atholton High School Auditorium, 6520 Freetown Road, Columbia. Admission free but contributions accepted.

Epiphany Church, 2216 Pot Spring Road, Timonium. (410) 252-4465. 4 p.m. Dec. 11: Service of reading and carols.


Essex Community College, 7201 Rossville Blvd., Beltway Exit 34, near Golden Ring Mall. (410) 780-6521.

* 7 p.m. Dec. 17: Greater Baltimore Youth Orchestras (Philharmonic and Sinfonia).

* 7 p.m. Dec. 19: Community Chorus and Community Singers with a concert of Christmas music and madrigals dating to the 16th century.

Gettysburg Symphony Orchestra, (410) 383-8597. 3 p.m. Dec. 11: Concert of works by Mozart, Milhaud, Humperdinck and Sibelius. At Loch Raven Senior High School, 1212 Cowpens Ave., near Beltway Exit 29 and Cromwell Bridge Road.

Govans Presbyterian Church, 5828 York Road. (410) 243-3131. 8 p.m. Dec. 10: "Snowflakes and Glitter," holiday music performed by Quintessential and Not What You Think from the Lesbian and Gay Chorus of D.C., 8 p.m.

Grace United Methodist Church, 5407 N. Charles St. (410) 433-6650. 4 p.m. Dec. 18: Christmas concert by Chancel Choir and soloists.


Handel Choir of Baltimore, (410) 366-6544. "The Messiah." 7 p.m. Dec. 11, at St. Joseph's Church, 8420 Belair Road, Fullerton; 3 p.m. Dec. 18 at Second Presbyterian Church, 4200 St. Paul St. Admission: $15 regular, $12 for senior citizens and full-time students.

Harborplace Amphitheatre, Inner Harbor. (800) HARBOR-1. Free holiday concerts.

* 5 p.m. Dec. 10: "Sing Out Baltimore."

* 6 p.m. Dec. 18: Handel Choir.

Holy Rosary Church, 408 S. Chester St. 4 p.m. Dec. 18: Christmas Carols Around the World -- soprano Alina Kozinsky, baritone Joseph Surowiec accompanied by harpist and flutist and storyteller. (410) 597-9351.

Howard Community College, Smith Theatre, Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. (410) 997-8600. Dec. 15-17: "A Valley Brook Christmas."


Laurel Oratorio Society, (301) 490-7504 or (301) 730-7117. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17: Handel's Messiah sing-a-long. Laurel Presbyterian Church, 7610 Old Sandy Spring Road, Laurel.

Lochearn Presbyterian Church, 3800 Patterson Ave. (410) 944-4478. 5 p.m. Dec. 18: Chancel Choir and Orchestra perform "Amahl and the Night Visitors."

Loyola College, 4501 N. Charles St. (410) 617-5024. 7 p.m. Dec. 13: Da Camera Singers perform works by Charpentier, Bach and Vivaldi.

Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. (410) 783-8000.

* Dec. 11, 3 p.m.: Mantovani Orchestra and Chorus.

* Dec. 12, 7:30 p.m.: Canadian Brass Christmas Concert.


* Dec. 13, 7:30 p.m.: Vienna Choir Boys.

Morgan State University, Cold Spring Lane and Hillen Road. (410) 319-3286. 7 p.m. Dec. 11: Morgan State University Choir Christmas Concert.

Municipal Opera Company of Baltimore, (410) 329-6874 or (410) 828-6912. "Amahl and the Night Visitors." 4 p.m. Dec. 11, at Catonsville Community College, Q Theatre, 800 Rolling Road. 8 p.m. Dec. 16-17 and 3 p.m. Dec. 18 at Brown Memorial Woodbrook Presbyterian Church, 6200 N. Charles St. Admission charged.

Notre Dame Preparatory School Auditorium, 815 Hampton Lane. (410) 825-6202. 8 p.m. Dec. 20: Middle- and upper-school student choruses perform "Angels in Celebration."

Our Lady of Sorrows Hall, Route 255, Owensville-Galesville Road, Owensville. (410) 867-0888 or (301) 261-5613 or (410) 867-1727. 3 p.m. Dec. 11: Maryland Chamber Singers present a family Christmas music program.

Second Presbyterian Church, 4200 St. Paul St. (410) 889-6819. 3:30 p.m. Dec. 11: "Revel in Winter." Performance of lessons and carols by the combined choirs with congregational singing; the Early Music Ensemble of Towson State University.


St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 6515 Loch Raven Blvd., (410) 665-4061. Dec. 15: Christmas Folk by Tom Prasada-Rao, Abby Bardi, Dodie McMillan, Bob Pyle, Art Renkwitz, Tony McGuffin, Mark Brine.

St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 101 Church Lane, Pikesville. (410) 486-5400. 4 p.m. Dec. 11: Cantors and music ministry of St. Charles, 4 p.m.

St. John's College, Annapolis. (410) 626-2539. 7 p.m. Dec. 16 and 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 18: Ensemble Galilei, a performance of ancient noels, carols and dances from the castles to the towns.

St. Mary's Seminary and University, 5400 Roland Ave. In Laubacher Hall: 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 13. An evening of seasonal music by soloists, instrumentalists and choral groups for the benefit of Union Memorial Hospital School of Nursing Scholarships. Light buffet served. (410) 554-2662.

St. Ursula Church, 8801 Harford Road. (410) 665-2222. 3 p.m. Dec. 11: Shirley Hughes, Charlestown Resident and Staff Choral Ensemble.

Second Presbyterian Church, 4200 St. Paul St. (410) 889-6189. 3 p.m. Dec. 11: "Revel in Winter," featuring the TSU Early Music Ensemble.


Towson State University, Osler and Cross Campus drives, Towson. (410) 830-2787.

7:30 p.m. Dec. 18: Maryland Sings performs a Christmas concert with Classic Brass and harpist David Ponder. (410) 356-3523.