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SGN 2015 HOLIDAY EVENTS CALENDAR

Compiled by Justin Craig
SGN Contributing Writer
& Rick McKinnon
SGN Staff Writer

ARTS/CRAFTS/GIFTS

            26th Anniversary Seattle Area Support Groups & Community Center Holiday Tree (& Greenery) Sale. Nov. 27-Dec. 23, 9am-9pm. SASGCC, 303 17th Ave. E. www.sasgcc.org; 206-322-2437.

            Seattle Sampling Artists Studio Tour. Dec. 4-6, 12 & 19. Don’t miss the Seattle Sampling Artists Studio Tour – celebrating its 26th year. Nearly 50 of Seattle’s award-winning and professional crafts people will be showing at nine locations throughout the greater Seattle area. This free, self-guided tour offers holiday shoppers a relaxed and intimate opportunity to meet the artists in their own environments. First Choice Friday: Dec. 4, 4-9pm; and Sat-Sun, Dec. 5 & 6, 10am-5pm. Second Chance Saturdays: Dec. 12 & 19, 10am-5pm. Times and locations vary. A map and a complete listing of all the artists and their locations are available for download at www.seattlesampling.com. Shop local this holiday season and support Seattle’s vibrant artist community.

            Seward Park Clay Studio Winter Holiday Show & Sale. Dec. 4-24. 5900 Lake Washington Blvd. S. Preview Night PARTY Dec. 4th, 6:30-9:30pm, is a great chance to get the pick of the best ceramics in town, with over 40 artists represented in the sale. $10 suggested donation at the door: light food, drink and fun. From Dec. 5-24 the sale is FREE and open to the public: Mon-Fri 11am-7pm; Sat-Sun 10am-6pm. Shop for amazing holiday presents while supporting one of the Northwest’s cultural gems. What is on view and available for purchase includes an impressive range of work: including sculpture, majolica, functional stoneware, delicate porcelains, raku, wood-fire, wall hangings. Even if you aren’t in the market for purchasing (and prices are remarkably affordable!), just surveying the range of expression in clay is worth a trip to this event. www.sewardparkart.org.

            South Park Arts 11th Annual Art Under $100 Holiday Sale. Dec. 12, 2-8pm. Seattle Design Center, 5701 6th Ave. S. Artists from South Park and beyond will knock your stockings off with original work not seen at a typical holiday sale. This year, over 70 amazing artists will showcase a diverse array of art, including painting, sculpture, neon, jewelry, clothing, photography, glass, letterpress, and more. See website for details. And everything’s affordable with nothing priced over $100. FREE entry, except $20 VIP entry 1-2pm. Enjoy food trucks. Free covered parking. All proceeds go to South Park Arts. www.southparkarts.org.

            2015 Native Art Mart. Dec. 12 & 13, 10am-4pm. Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center in Discover Park, 5011 Bernie Whitebear Way. Over 30 authentic Native arts and crafts vendors. Beautiful work by Native American artists. Clothing, jewelry, woodworking, drums, art prints, and so much more. Many styles and tribes represented. Affordable, unique and fun! Enjoy salmon lunch, Indian tacos. Native dance groups at 1pm. Find great holiday gifts at the United Indians Art Mart. Funding received from vendor and food sales go to the United Indians Elder Meals and Community Program.

            The Vera Project and Hollow Earth Radio Host 8th Annual DIY Holiday Fair. Dec. 13, 11am-4pm. Vera Project, Seattle Center grounds north of Key Arena near Warren Ave. & Republican St. The 8th Annual DIY Holiday Fair will be a marketplace for independent music and crafts, along with vinyl DJs and interactive screenprinting with independent Northwest record, CD, and cassette labels, screenprinted art, local artists, crafts-makers, and designers selling their wares throughout Vera’s space along with the return of the Vera Vintage Corner. Over 35 vendors will be participating. Audio ambiance will be provided by Hollow Earth Radio DJs and folks are encouraged to come with empty stomachs to enjoy baked goods and food truck offerings. Bring a blank shirt, sweatshirt, or tote bag and pick from an array of Vera’s in-house designs for the Vera Screenprinters’ annual Bring-It Screen-It! This is the perfect opportunity to find a one-of-a-kind gift just in time for the holidays. www.theveraproject.org; https://www.facebook.com/events/1480868822222438/

            The Handmade Showroom Pop-Up at Pacific Place, 600 E Pine St., 3rd floor, is a (currently) temporary pop-up shop featuring finely made work by over 70 local artists, makers, and designers from the Pacific Northwest. The showroom is open Mon.-Sat., 10am-8pm & Sun., 11am-7pm through December 2015. For more information, visit http://TheHandmadeShowroom.com

HOLIDAY EVENTS

            Sheraton Seattle Hotel’s 23rd Annual Gingerbread Village – “May the Holidays Be With You.” Nov. 24-Jan. 3. 1400 6th Ave. at Pike St. Inspired by scenes from Star Wars movies, Jedi of all ages will marvel at this year’s larger-than-life gingerbread creations. Since 1992, the Sheraton’s expert culinary team has partnered with top local architecture firms to design, build and delight the crowds with intricate, holiday-themed gingerbread displays. This unforgettable event keeps more than 150,000 visitors coming back year after year and is FREE to the public, although donations to the Northwest Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation are accepted and appreciated. Over the past two decades, the Gingerbread Village has raised more than $756,000 for the JDRF. The Sheraton Seattle’s staff donates more than 1,000 volunteer hours for this event and the displays use an estimated 1,200 lbs. of dough, 800 lbs. of icing, 200 lbs. of white chocolate, 250 lbs. of almond paste and hundreds of pounds of candy.

            Argosy Cruise Christmas Ship. Nov. 27-Dec. 23. Holiday traditions in the Northwest start on the water with Argosy Cruises. The Argosy Cruises Christmas Ship festival is a holiday celebration that has been a Pacific Northwest tradition since 1949. Every year, the Argosy Christmas Ship sails to different Puget Sound waterfront communities, over 45 in total. Choirs onboard sing 20-minute performances to these communities, all broadcast via state-of-the-art speaker system. On shore, thousands of people gather around roaring bonfires anticipating the arrival of the Christmas Ship. For schedule, visit www.argosycruises.com.
 
            Seattle Center Winterfest. Nov. 27-Dec. 31. Seattle Center Armory, Fisher Pavilion and Seattle Center grounds. A wonderland of sparkling lights, child-sized diversions and spirited entertainment brightens Seattle Center through the twilight of the year. Stroll the grounds and you’ll discover Seattle Center Winterfest. Winterfest Ice Rink returns, along with Saturday ice sculpting and lively weekend performances at Seattle Center Armory.
            Visit Seattle Center Armory, all dressed for the season, and you’ll find the enchanting Winter Train & Village, fresh food and drink offered at Seattle Center Armory merchants, and inspiring student showcases. The festival opens with The Dickens Carolers and rings in the New Year with spectacular fireworks and live music by premiere dance band The Machine. For a complete schedule of events and activities, visit http://www.seattlecenter.com/winterfest/ FREE admission.

            Woodland Park Zoo Wildlights. Nov. 27-Jan. 3 (except 12/24 & 25), 5:30-8:30pm nightly. Enter through the Woodland Park Zoo West Entrance on Phinney Ave. N. between N. 55th & N. 56th Sts. Over 600,000 energy-efficient LED lights illustrate the paths of Woodland Park Zoo with dazzling displays of wild animals and exotic destinations, including “African Water Hole,” “Jungle Lights,” and “Northern Lights.” Ride the Historic Carousel (additional fee) and enjoy the Holiday Beer and Wine Garden at the Rain Forest Food Pavilion (21+).
            Keep an eye out for the man in red! Santa will be stopping by WildLights Fridays through Sundays prior to Christmas as well as December 21-23. Guests can visit the Reindeer Shelter at 5:45pm to see Santa greet his reindeer and their keeper and then head over to Santa’s Camp to meet jolly old Saint Nick and take a commemorative Santa photo.
            While most of the zoo’s animals will be nestled in for the night, a few creatures will still be stirring at the Day Exhibit, which showcases reptiles, amphibians and a tree kangaroo, and in the Adaptions Building, which houses sloths, Indian flying foxes, Komodo dragons and meerkats. In addition, the zoo’s birds of prey, porcupine, and other animals will make scheduled appearances at the Raptor Center Fridays through Sundays.
            Admission: Adults (13+) $9.95; Children (3-12) $6.95; Toddlers (2 & under) free. Available online at zoo.org/wildlights or at zoo gates during regular hours. Night-of-event tickets will be sold at the zoo’s West Entrance, if not sold out. WildLights is a rain-or-shine event – there will be no ticket refunds. www.
           
            Fremont Festivus. Dec. 4, 5 & 6. 12/4: Lenin Lighting at 5pm with Santa, traditional Festivus games, hot beverages and treats and live music from Ricky Gene Powell & Acoustic Laboratory; First Friday Art Walk & Holiday Bazaar, 6-9pm. 12/5: Pop-Up Entertainment from 11am-5pm. Rocket Re-Launch at 5pm with Santa, games, give-aways and live music by Blackjack Kerouac. 12/6: Fremont Holiday Market on N 34th St. west of PCC, 11am-4pm. Fremocentrist.com/Festivus.php

            Great Figgy Pudding Street Corner Caroling Competition. Dec. 4, 6-8:30pm. Westlake Park neighborhood on Pine St. between 3rd and 7th Aves. Join us for one of Seattle’s most magical and festive nights! This heart-warming tradition attracts nearly 10,000 people every year to enjoy holiday music and raise funds for a great organization. Immerse yourself in the holiday spirit as dozens of caroling teams sing their hearts out along Pine St. The top teams then compete in a sing-off on the Figgy Main Stage. Every year the competition draws thousands of people to the Westlake Center to raise money for the Pike Market Senior Center and Downtown Food Bank. www.pikemarketseniorcenter.org.

            Saint Nick’s Holiday Open House. Dec. 5 & 6. The wineries of Woodinville Wine Country will open their doors from 12-5pm for the annual Saint Nicholas Day Open House. Guests will have the opportunity to taste wines from exclusive boutique wineries as well as special selections from a few of Woodinville’s more well-known participants. This is a unique and festive holiday event where you can discover new wineries, meet the winemakers and learn about present offerings and future releases. If you plan to visit many of the wineries, for your safety and the safety of others, please bring a designated driver along. Designated drivers will be allowed entry to the wineries without a booklet. Sat & Sun check-in location: Armstrong Family Winery. General admission: $65 Saturday and Sunday; $55 Sunday only.
Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2245823; 1-800-838-3006.

            New Year’s Eve Fireworks at the Space Needle. Dec. 31 at midnight. Watch FREE from the ground or in the heated comfort of the observation deck. Tickets are available now and can be purchased at www.spaceneedle.com.

            LGBT COMMUNITY CELEBRATIONS

            “Light the Night: An LGBTQ Hanukkah.” Dec. 9, 6:45-8:45pm. Calamus Auditorium at Gay City, 517 E. Pike St. Join Kolenu, Seattle’s Jewish LGBTQ group, for their seventh annual Hanukkah celebration! Enjoy tasty latkes, colorful dreidels, music, and a beautiful candle lighting symbolizing both the miracle of Hanukkah and our affirmation that great leadership and community action will prevail against oppression. FREE and open to the community. Allies, friends, and family welcome! RSVP to brooke@hilleluw.org. This is an all-ages event.
           
            Auntie Mame. Dec. 10, 7:30pm. AMC Pacific Place Cinema, 600 Pine St. Celebrate the season with Three Dollar Bill Cinema when Auntie Mame, the beloved 1958 film starring the incomparable Rosalind Russell, returns for one night only, a “Homo for the Holidays” tradition! Always armed with a colorful dress and an acerbic quip, the flamboyant, vibrant Mame Dennis (Russell) is an unconventional socialite from the Roaring Twenties. When her young orphan nephew comes to live in her madcap party pad, Mame takes him under her wing for an adventure in living life to its fullest. Tickets: $13 general; $9 for Three Dollar Bill Cinema members. This is an all-ages event. Join us early for a pre-film soirée from 6:30-7:15pm ... film starts at 7:30pm sharp! www.threedollarbillcinema.org.

            “Snowball! – Express Yourself.” Dec. 12, 7pm. Bertha Knight Landes Room, City Hall, 5th Ave. at Cherry St. Ingersoll Gender Center’s annual holiday party and fundraiser. Enjoy music, food, drink and friends! It’s a celebration! Tickets: $25 individual in advance and at the door; $185 table of 8 by advance registration only. http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2461694.

            “Pictures With Santa. Dec. 12, 8pm-midnight. The Cuff Complex, 1533 13th Ave. Seattle Men in Leather’s annual holiday event allows members of the community to get an individual or family portrait with a hunky Santa and his elves and reindeer. The portraits are professionally printed and distributed immediately following the photo shoot. The suggested donation is $10 per print. All proceeds from the event will go to SML’s current beneficiary, Seattle Area Support Groups (SASG). www.seattlemeninleather.org.

            “First Annual WEA-LGBTQ Caucus and Community Calendar Holiday Party.”  Dec. 15, 6-8pm. Washington Education Association, 32032 Weyerhauser Way, Federal Way. When your students (or children) ask questions about gender or sexual orientation, do you have the curriculum or resources to quickly and comfortably answer them? Are you a caring community member interested in being part of schools that are welcoming for all? Are you a student interested in creating change? The educators of the WEA-LGBTQ Caucus invite you and your unique voice to a conversation about diverse and authentically inclusive public schools. It’s 2015 and sexual orientation, gender identity, race, age, ability and socioeconomic status do not exist separately – they exist simultaneously. That’s what makes life beautiful, so let’s talk about it! We’ll enjoy fun holiday treats and activities, plus we’ll all leave with free resources, tools and information about upcoming opportunities. Students are super-welcome – their opinions and experiences are key! Light refreshments and activities begin at 6pm. Community organizations including The Safe Schools Coalition, GLSEN, Equal Rights Washington, the WEA-LGBTQ Caucus and more will be engaging us with important updates from their work. RSVP to www.facebook.com/waglbtc/ or email smccann@washingtonea.org

            LGBT CABARET & MUSIC

            Jinkx Monsoon and Major Scales “Unwrapped.” Nov. 25-Dec. 13. Seattle Repertory Theatre, 155 Mercer St. The stars of 2014’s hit musical revue “The Vaudevillians” are back with more tunes and more laughs, this time with mistletoe! Drag performers Jinkx Monsoon and Major Scales return to the Leo K. Stage for a special engagement that is perfect for those looking for an off-kilter, off-color holiday show. So drag yourself to the theatre for big cheer! Tickets: $42-$62. www.seattlerep.org; 206-443-2222.

            “The Dina Martina Christmas Show 2015 – ALL NEW!” Nov. 27 & 28 & Dec. 4-31. Re-bar, 1114 Howell St. “The Second Lady of Entertainment,” the most surreal and hilarious chanteuse you’ll ever find - Dina Martina! - returns to Seattle’s Re-bar with an ALL-NEW holiday show. Accompanied on the ivories by Stranger Genius Award winner Mr. Chris Jeffries and armed with truly legendary songs, stories, costumes and audience gifts, Dina Martina will give you one of the most festive, invigorating and ingeniously funny evenings you’ve ever had! See why she’s a favorite of John Waters, Matt Stone, Margaret Cho, Jennifer Coolidge, Graham Norton and many, many more! Get your tickets now, because pretty soon they’ll be goin’ like hotcakes! Tickets: $22 advance; $25 at the door. www.brownpapertickets/com/event/2226867. www.dinamartina.com

            Seattle Men’s Chorus – “Home for the Holidays.” Nov. 28 at 8pm & Nov. 29 at 2pm with special guest Tituss Burgess; then Dec. 4, 8pm; Dec. 6, 7:30pm; Dec. 13, 7:30pm; Dec. 20, 7:30pm; Dec. 21, 7:30pm. S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium, Benaroya Hall, 3rd Ave. & University St. For his final yuletide concert, Dennis Coleman is wrapping up his naughty and nice audience favorites, just for you! Come home for the holidays to Seattle’s most welcoming celebration of the season. The proud voices of Seattle Men’s Chorus will envelop you in harmony for an evening of heartfelt holiday magic – sprinkled with a festive pinch of fairy dust. We have presents under our tree for everyone: beloved carols, soaring holiday classics, and the cheeky antics you expect from SMC. Bring your friends and family and share in the tradition. Tickets: $25-$78. 206-388-1400; www.SeattleMensChorus.org
            Also, IN TACOMA: Dec. 3, 8pm. Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma. Tickets: $19-$69; 253-591-5894 or 1-800-291-7593; BroadwayCenter.org and IN EVERETT: Dec. 19, 8pm. Civic Auditorium, 2415 Colby Ave., Everett. Tickets: $25-45; 206-388-1400; www.SeattleMensChorus.org

            “Ham for the Holidays: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Ham?” Dec. 3-20. (ASL interpreter date Dec. 10.) ACT Theatre, Falls Theatre, 700 Union St. Merry. Mirthful. Mad. Seattle comedians Lisa Koch and Peggy Platt (aka Dos Fallopia) return to ACT with their wackadoodle, gender-bending holiday sketch series. Platt and Koch take you on a holiday outing packed with devilish social satire, cockeyed musical parodies, and more wigs than Lady Gaga: “The Colonel and Shenille” play lounge hits on a sightseeing river barge tour; “Three’s Custody,” a ‘70s sitcom set in prison; “Presidential Family Feud,” features relatives of political candidates; the tiny Sequim Gay Men’s Chorus sing with glee; Country duo The Spudds merge Dr. Seuss with Dynasty, for How the Bitch Stole Christmas. “Ham for the Holidays” contains adult humor and themes recommended for ages 14+. Tickets: $20-$40. 206-292-7676; www.acttheatre.org.

            Rainbow City Band’s Purple Passion Swing Band – “Holiday Jazz Concert.” Dec. 5, 7:30pm. Third Place Commons, 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park. Purple Passion Swing Band puts a little jazz in the holidays with this all-ages, FREE admission concert on the Third Place Commons stage. Put on your dancing shoes and join us in Lake Forest Park! www.rainbowcityband.com.

            “Homo for the Holidays.” Dec. 11-14, Dec. 17-24, Dec. 26-27. West Hall, Odd Fellows Building, 2nd Floor, 915 E. Pine St. “Homo For The Holidays” is a seasonal spectacle guaranteed to make even the most stubborn yuletides Gay! An unforgettable all-star cast of burlesque, cabaret, dance, drag, and musical local luminaries come together in a display of glittering grandeur that's been called "F*CKING GREAT....F*CKING HILARIOUS!" by Dan Savage of The Stranger.
            “Homo For The Holidays” is a hearty holiday fruitcake packed with rollicksome reindeer, enticing elves, ghostly guests, sexy snowstorms, agile angels, musical Maccabees, and new ways to define coming home. It’s not Christmas in July, it’s Pride in December! Light your menorah, stuff your stockings, and join your chosen family in celebrating our favorite wintry holiday of all, “Homo For The Holidays!” Tickets: $25-$30 advance; $30-$35 at the door; RESERVE A SPECIAL FRONT ROW VIP TABLE! $175/table (seats up to 4). Only six tables available per show! Includes exclusive reserved seating in the front row, and a special “Homo For The Holidays” gift bag from BenDeLaCreme and the cast! www.strangertickets.com.

            “KPC’s “Campy Christmas.” Dec. 12, 8pm. Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave., Kirkland. Fierce. Fabulous. Festive! A night of drag and holiday traditions turned on their heads. KPC’s “Campy Christmas” features the fabulous Seattle Men’s Chorus group Captain Smartypants, and the Seattle Women's Chorus group Sensible Shoes. Captain Smartypants, Sensible Shoes, Steve Thoreson dressed in drag as Divine and special guests will bring the hilarious campy fun with satirical versions of your favorite holiday songs. Hosted by David Hunter Koch.
            At “Campy Christmas,” we don't limit stage time to the performers. Enjoy three different contests: Ugly Sweaters, Lip Synching, and Dancing! Wear your ugliest sweater or most Christmasy outfit and get your voice and dance moves ready to dazzle your friends and win fun prizes. 18+ show. Tickets: $25. www.kpcenter.org; 425-893-9900.

            Rainbow City Band – “Once Upon A Time.” Dec. 12, 7pm. Broadway Performance Hall, 1625 Broadway. Rainbow City Band celebrates the season by bringing the music of our favorite stories to life. Tickets: $15 advance; $20 at the door; $12 seniors and students; $5 kids 12 and under. www.rainbowcityband.com.

            Social Outreach Seattle (SOSea) – “Holiday Cheer: Vol. 3 CD Release Party & Benefit Concert.” Dec. 13, 4pm doors; 5-7pm show. Neighbours Nightclub, 1509 Broadway – entrance in alley between Broadway and Harvard Ave off E. Pike St. A benefit for “From the Heart,” SOSea’s LGBTQ Homeless Teen Outreach Program. Featuring some of Seattle’s best live vocal performers. Tickets: $10 – includes 1 copy of “Holiday Cheer: Vol. 3.”

            “Fab-YULE-ous” – An EmpeROAR Fabulous!!! Christmas Special Starring David EmpeROAR Fabulous!!! and Pianoman Victor Janusz. Dec. 13, 6pm doors; 7:30pm show. Gilda’s Club, 1400 Broadway at E. Union St. A madcap musical party with the Award-winning Cabaret/Burlesque performer David EmpeROAR Fabulous!!! filled with his original holiday tunes (like “Daddy Santy” and “Don’t Touch the Nice Tree!”), cracked up carols, buoyant banter and zany holiday cheer with pianoman Victor Janusz (who offers up a few of his own originals “Fruitcake Blues!” and “C3Queens”). Tickets: $13 advance at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2469469; $15 at the door. 21+. Partial proceeds from this show will benefit Gilda’s Club, a non-profit organization serving families facing cancer. All services are kept 100% free-of-charge, due to their support from donations.

            MUSIC

            Byrd Ensemble – “Tudor Christmas.” Nov. 28, 7:30pm. St. Mark’s Cathedral, 1245 10th Ave. E. Join the Byrd Ensemble for their annual Christmas program Thanksgiving weekend. Thomas Tallis’ Missa Puer natus est nobis frames this program of English carols and motets. Carols are accompanied by harpsichordist Byron Schenkman and the readings by actor Nurmi Husa. Tickets: $25-general admission; $20-seniors (65+); $15-students. 206-397-3627; www.ByrdEnsemble.com

            Seattle Men’s Chorus – “Home for the Holidays.” Nov. 28-Dec. 21. (See details above under LGBT Cabaret & Music.)
           
            Russian Chamber Music Foundation of Seattle presents piano legend Craig Sheppard in concert. Dec. 4, 7pm. Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Ave. Performing “24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87, Nos. 1-12” by Dmitri Shostakovich. Don’t miss this concert! Find out more at www.craigsheppard.net. Tickets: $20-adults; $10-seniors/students; kids free. Tickets: 425-829-1345 www.russianchambermusic.org.

            Roosevelt High School Jazz Band – Duke Ellington’s and Billy Strayhorn’s “Jazz Nutcracker.” Dec. 5, 7:30pm & Dec. 6, 2pm. Roosevelt High School Performing Arts Theatre, 1410 NE 66th St. Roosevelt High School Jazz Band’s phenomenal annual performance of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s “Jazz Nutcracker.” Tickets: $15-adults, $12-students and seniors. 206-201-1650; www.rooseveltjazz.org.

            The Washingtonians – “Songs We Know.” Dec. 5, 8pm & Dec. 6, 2pm. Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall, Benaroya Hall, 3rd Ave. & Union St. The Washingtonians – The Choir with a Sense of Humor – reunites after a 12-year hiatus! Founded and directed by local composer Scott Warrender (Das Barbecu! Texas Chainsaw Manicurist), “Songs We Know” will feature his uniquely original compositions and arrangements. This beloved 60-member choir is comprised largely of musical theater performers, and has a history of sold-out shows. Tickets: $21-$46; 215-4747; www.showtunestheatre.org.

            Candlelight Concerts – “Pleasures of Pan.” Dec. 6, 7pm. University Christian Church, 4731 15th Ave. NE. Special guest Mary Lynch, Seattle Symphony's phenomenal new principal oboist, joins us for an exploration of intimate chamber music for winds, viola and keyboard from 18th-century composers W.F. Bach and Janitsch through the early 20th-century preoccupation with Pan and figures from antiquity. ("Pleasures of Pan" presented six volumes of flute music from three centuries in 1917.) Suggested donation: $25, $20 or $15, with series passes available for $50. www.candlelightseattle.org; 206-522-0169. Also on Bainbridge, Whidbey and Orcas Islands and in Stanwood in 2015!

            Kirkland Choral Society – Bach at Bastyr: Bach “Magnificat” with other Songs of the Season. Dec. 6, 3pm. Bastyr University Chapel, 14500 Juanita Dr. NE, Kenmore. Experience the power and beauty of 100 voices lifted in song as Kirkland Choral Society takes the stage for their annual holiday concert! Bach at Bastyr features one of the greatest choral masterworks of all time: Johann Sebastian Bach’s glorious “Magnificat,” plus an array of modern-day choral gems – including works by Gjeilo, Chilcott, and Lauridsen – and a sprinkling of favorite holiday carols. First performed by KCS fourteen years ago at their premiere Bastyr concert, the “Magnificat” this time will be accompanied by their outstanding partner orchestra, Philharmonia Northwest. Expertly blended in Bastyr’s world-famous acoustics, this is a performance you won’t want to miss. Tickets: $20-adult; $15-youth and senior. 1-800-838-3006; http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2405414.

            Northwest Chamber Chorus – “Our Dancing Day – with String Quartet, Flute, and Percussion.” Dec. 6, 3pm & Dec. 12, 7:30pm. Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, 7500 Greenwood Ave. "Tomorrow shall be my dancing day" tells the story of the season, with Jesus claiming Christmas as his own Dancing Day. We celebrate the season with music inspired by the idea of dance – from Nigeria, colonial America, Great Britain, France, and Spain. The concert will feature Estampie Natalis by Czech-American composer Vaclav Nelhybel, accompanied by strings, flute and percussion. The instruments will join the chorus for additional selections, including our traditional sing-along.. Tickets: $23 general, Senior (62+) $18, Singer $18, Student ages 6-18 free. www.northwestchamberchorus.org; 206-523-1196.

            Pacific Lutheran University – “A Christmas Invitation.” Dec. 7, 7:30pm, S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium, Benaroya Hall, 3rd Ave. & University St. Ring in the season with a Christmas celebration that is sure to warm the heart and lift your holiday spirit! This year's program will feature the world premiere of critically acclaimed composer JAC Redford's "A Christmas Invitation," a three-movement work composed for Choir of the West, University Chorale and our University Symphony Orchestra. The program will also include traditional Christmas favorites along with festive carols sung by the audience. Tickets: $17-32. www.BenaroyaHall.org; 206-215-4747; 1-866-833-4747; or at Benaroya Hall Box Office, 3rd Ave. & Union St.

            Northwest University Concert Choir – “Christmas Traditions.” Dec. 8, 7:30pm, S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium, Benaroya Hall, 3rd Ave. & University St. The Northwest University Concert Choir and Chamber Choir, joined by Coro Amici and the Kirkland Civic Orchestra, present Christmas Traditions! Now in its seventh season, this established Christmas concert celebrates the traditions of Christmas, featuring new carol arrangements and traditional selections by Anton Bruckner, Jan Sweelinck, Dan Forrest, John Rutter, Craig Courtney and more, including a few traditional sing-a-longs. Come and celebrate the true meaning of the season with us! Tickets: $14-38. www.BenaroyaHall.org; 206-215-4747; 1-866-833-4747; or at Benaroya Hall Box Office, 3rd Ave. & Union St.

            Blind Boys of Alabama – “Talkin’ Christmas.” Dec. 9, 7:30pm, S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium, Benaroya Hall, 3rd Ave. & University St. The Blind Boys of Alabama are an American treasure. This holiday season, the Blind Boys are touring in support of their album, Talkin’ Christmas! (Sony Masterworks), their second-ever Christmas album. This special concert will feature songs from Talkin’ Christmas! and the band's previous Grammy-winning Christmas recording, Go Tell It on the Mountain, along with other gems from their 70-plus-year career. Celebrate the holidays with living legends of gospel! The Blind Boys of Alabama bring their special Grammy-winning Christmas show back to Benaroya Hall. Tickets: $30-102. www.BenaroyaHall.org; 206-215-4747; 1-866-833-4747; or at Benaroya Hall Box Office, 3rd Ave. & Union St.

            Under the Streetlamp – “Holiday Show.” Dec. 9, 7:30pm, Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 4th Ave. N, Edmonds. Under the Street Lamplamp, America’s hottest new vocal group comprised of a former cast of Jersey Boys, has an electrifying holiday show featuring an evening of classic hits from the American radio songbook along with all the great holiday standards. This modern-day Rat Pack with two top-rated PBS specials still airing, will have the audience on their feet and saying it is the best concert they have ever seen! Tickets: $44, $39 & 34. 425-275-9595; www.ec4arts.org.

            Pacific MusicWorks – Handel’s “Messiah.” Dec. 10, 8pm. Edmonds United Methodist Church, 828 Caspers St., Edmonds. (See Dec. 12 & 13 listing below for details.) Tickets: $45-general; $40-seniors; $20-student; $10 UW student; youth (5-17) free with accompanying ticketed adult. 708-6003; http://www.pacificmusicworks.org/performances/handel-messiah/

            David Templeton Christmas Concert. Dec. 11, 7:30pm, Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall, Benaroya Hall, 3rd Ave. & University St. David Templeton returns for a third time to Benaroya to celebrate Christmas with his passionate piano music and the release of a new holiday album entitled First Snow. David brings to the stage a level of performance that is vibrant, rich and satisfying. The New Yorker calls him "One of the most accomplished and original new talents to hit the keyboards ... thoroughly enjoyable." Mr. Templeton debuted at Carnegie Hall in 2011 where he performed compositions from his sixth CD, Under the Willow Tree. He is now releasing his seventh album entitled First Snow at the beautiful Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall this December. He will perform a full range of traditional Christmas songs as well as some of his own compositions on piano and guitar. Join David on Dec. 11 for what promises to be a magical night filled with Christmas songs and traditional holiday cheer. This event is presented by Mason Ridge. Tickets: $52-192. www.BenaroyaHall.org; 206-215-4747; 1-866-833-4747; or at Benaroya Hall Box Office, 3rd Ave. & Union St.

            Pacific MusicWorks – Handel’s “Messiah.” Dec. 11, 8pm. Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 4400 86th Ave., Mercer Island. (See Dec. 12 & 13 listing below for details.) Tickets: $45-general; $40-seniors; $20-student; $10 UW student; youth (5-17) free with accompanying ticketed adult. 708-6003; http://www.pacificmusicworks.org/performances/handel-messiah/

            The Esoterics – Sviridov: Celebrating the Centennial of Composer Georgy Sviridov. Dec. 11 & 12, 8pm. 12/11 at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 4805 NE 45th St. 12/12 at West Seattle Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 4210 SW Genessee St. In the final program of their 22nd concert season, The Esoterics will celebrate the life and music of the neo-Romantic Russion composer Georgy Svirdov with an unprecedented series of concerts in both Seattle and Tacoma. Founding Director Eric Banks has researched and published his own editions of Sviridov’s collected choral works, with complete transliterations of every text in the program. The Esoterics has expanded to 50 singers to present this concert of luxurious and majestic music inspired by folksong, poetry of the Silver Age, and the Russian Orthodox liturgy. See The Esoterics website for complete details on their remarkable program. Tickets: $25 at the door ($22 in advance); $18 for students, seniors, the un(der)employed, and the differently-abled ($15 in advance). http://www.theesoterics.org/ (Also Dec. 13, 7:30pm at Christ Episcopal Church, 310 N “K” St., Tacoma.)

            Seattle Choral Company – “Peace on Earth.” Dec. 11 & 12, 8pm. Saint Mark’s Cathedral, 1245 10th Ave. E. “Peace on Earth” will take you to the realm of inner peace at Christmastime. Come with family and friends and enjoy holiday music for choir, strings, harp, and guest soloists. Non-reserved single tickets: $25. Youth 6 and over and students with valid ID are admitted FREE at the door. 206-363-1100; http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2080998; www.seattlechoralcompany.org;.

            Northwest Boy Choir – “A Festival of Lessons & Carols.” Dec. 11-22. (See complete schedule below.)
            The Northwest Boychoir proudly presents its 37-year annual concert series featuring eight regional performances in December. These holiday concerts showcase the 90-member combined chorus of the Northwest Boychoir and Vocalpoint! Seattle.
            Patterned after the Christmas Eve observance at King’s College in Cambridge, England, A Festival of Lessons & Carols has become a holiday tradition for thousands of families in the Puget Sound region. This classical performance consists of nine holiday readings, each followed by a traditional carol performed by the choir, and another carol sung by the choir and audience.
            A Festival of Lessons & Carols concerts are open to the public at various venues throughout the Puget Sound Region and all seating is reserved. Advance tickets are available through the Northwest Choirs at 206-524-3234 or online at www.nwboychoir.org. These concerts often draw sold-out audiences. Advance ticket purchases are encouraged.
            COMPLETE SCHEDULE:  Fri. 12/11, 7:30pm @ Plymouth Church, 1217 Sixth Ave. | Sat. 12/12, 7:30pm @ Trinity Lutheran Church, Lynnwood | Sun. 12/13, 7pm @ St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church | Fri. Dec. 18, 7:30pm @ Holy Rosary Church, 4210 SW Genessee St. | Sat. 12/19, 7:30pm @ St. Mark’s Cathedral, 1245 10th Ave. E. | Sun. 12/20, 7pm @ St. Alphonsus Church, 5816 15th Ave. NW | Mon. 12/21, 7:30pm @ St. Mark’s Cathedral, 1245 10th Ave. E. | Tue. 12/23, 7:30pm @ S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium, Benaroya Hall, 3rd Ave. & University St.  
                       
            Bellevue Chamber Chorus – “Season of Wonder.” Dec. 12, 7:30pm @ Bothell United Methodist Church, 18515 92nd Ave NE, Bothell. (See Dec. 20 listing below for details.) Tickets: $20-adults, $15-seniors, $10-students, and $5-children 12 and under. 425-881-0445; www.BellevueChamberChorus

            Northwest Associated Arts – “Joy!” Dec. 12, 7:30pm & Dec. 13, 2pm. Highline Performing Arts Center, 401 S. 152nd St., Burien. The entire Burien community will come together to celebrate as the NWAA musical family presents its fun-filled Christmas Concert extravaganza, featuring all seven of our ensembles and nearly 200 singers. ChoralSounds, SilverSounds, and our youth choruses will put joy into your family’s season as we bring you cherished holiday song traditions from around the world. Songs from Spain, South Africa, France, Latvia, and England combine with your festive and familiar favorites! Tickets: $25 reserved; $20 festival seating; 17 & under FREE with adult ticket holder. www.nwassociatedarts.org; 206-246-6040.

            Northwest Chamber Chorus – “Our Dancing Day – with String Quartet, Flute, and Percussion.” Dec. 12, 7:30pm. Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, 7500 Greenwood Ave. (See Dec. 6 listing above for details.) Tickets: $23 general, Senior (62+) $18, Singer $18, Student ages 6-18 free. www.northwestchamberchorus.org; 206-523-1196.

            Pacific MusicWorks – Handel’s “Messiah.” Dec. 12 & 13, 8pm. Meany Theater, UW Campus. Pacific MusicWorks will be performing this piece for the first time in Seattle in various venues. We will take a revolutionary approach, as practiced by Handel, with four of our favorite vocal soloists “embedded” in the University of Washington Chamber Singers on the Meany stage. Handel always listed his vocal soloists as the first voice of each part, with the strong implication that they led the choral singing as well as the solos. Just as Handel has learned the techinique of opposing solo strings with the full orchestra from Corelli’s Concerti Grossi, so the solist/choir combination offers a vastly increased palette of textures. The artists: Stephen Stubbs, conductor; Teresa Wakim, soprano; Reginald Mobley, counter-tenor; Zachary Wilder, tenor; Kevin Deas, bass-baritone. With the University of Washington Chamber Singers and Pacific MusicWorks Orchestra. Tickets: $45-general; $40-seniors; $20-student; $10 UW student; youth (5-17) free with accompanying ticketed adult.

            Rainbow City Band – “Once Upon A Time.” Dec. 12, 7pm. Broadway Performance Hall, 1625 Broadway. Rainbow City Band celebrates the season by bringing the music of our favorite stories to life. Tickets: $15 advance; $20 at the door; $12 seniors and students; $5 kids 12 and under. www.rainbowcityband.com.

            Seattle Pro Musica – “Christmas with Seattle Pro Musica – a Family Holiday Concert.” Dec. 12, 3pm, Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Ave. Bring the whole family for a joyful concert of traditional carols, holiday stories, and an audience sing-along. Students from area schools will join us in this one-hour concert that’s perfect for children and their families! Tickets: $25 prime, $15 general, $10 senior & student, $5 child (under 13). Call Brown Paper Tickets' 24-hour hotline at 1-800-838-3006, or call Seattle Pro Musica directly at 206-781-2766.

            Seattle Pro Musica – “Northern Lights – Music of the Baltics and Scandinavia.” Dec. 12, 7:30pm. Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Ave. Northern Lights showcases music that evokes the shimmering beauty of the aurora borealis. The program spans a thousand years of Baltic and Nordic choral music, from medieval chant and traditional carols to contemporary works by Einojuhani Rautavaara, Jaakko Mäntyjärvi, Cyrillus Kreek, and Veljo Tormis. The centerpiece is “Northern Lights” by Ēriks Ešenvalds, one of today’s most sought-after young composers. With voices, chimes, and tuned water goblets, Ešenvalds recreates the wonder of the Northern Lights in sound. Tickets: $35 prime, $25 general, $18 senior, $12 student. Call Brown Paper Tickets' 24-hour hotline at 1-800-838-3006, or call Seattle Pro Musica directly at 206-781-2766.

            Candlelight Concerts – “Festive Baroque with the Sans Souci Ensemble.” Dec. 13, 7pm. University Christian Church, 4731 15th Ave. NE. The “Fifth Brandenburg Concerto,” other festive baroque concerti and a quartet for flute and strings by W.A. Mozart, with the Sans Souci Ensemble including flutist Jeffrey Cohan, violinists Sarah Hall and Stephen Creswell, violist Roxanna Patterson, and harpsichordist Michael Refvem. Suggested donation: $25, $20 or $15, with series passes available for $50. www.candlelightseattle.org; 206-522-0169.

            Cascade Symphony Orchestra – “Holiday Pops.” Dec. 13, 7:30pm. Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. N., Edmonds. (See Dec. 13 & 14 listing below for details.) Tickets: $27-adults, $22-senior, $15-student w/ID, $10-youth 12 & under. 425-275-9595; http://www.edmondscenterforthearts.org/; http://cascadesymphony.org/
 
            The Esoterics – Sviridov: Celebrating the Centennial of Composer Georgy Sviridov. Dec. 13, 7:30pm at Christ Episcopal Church, 310 N “K” St., Tacoma. (See Dec. 11 & 12 listing above for details.) Tickets: $25 at the door ($22 in advance); $18 for students, seniors, the un(der)employed, and the differently-abled ($15 in advance). http://www.theesoterics.org/

            Northwest Associated Arts – “Joy!” Dec. 13, 2pm. Highline Performing Arts Center, 401 S. 152nd St., Burien. (See Dec. 12 & 13 listing above for details.) Tickets: $25 reserved; $20 festival seating; 17 & under FREE with adult ticket holder. www.nwassociatedarts.org; 206-246-6040.

            Pacific MusicWorks – Handel’s “Messiah.” Dec. 13, 8pm. Meany Theater, UW Campus. (See Dec. 12 & 13 listing above for details.) Tickets: $45-general; $40-seniors; $20-student; $10 UW student; youth (5-17) free with accompanying ticketed adult.

            Strawberry Theatre Workshop – Jose Gonzalez Trio plays “Charlie Brown Christmas.” Dec. 13, 6pm. Cornish Playhouse Studio (formerly Intiman Theatre), 201 Mercer St. "Linus and Juicy" is back! The Jose “Juicy” Gonzales Trio returns to Strawberry Theatre Workshop for the jazziest Christmas party in Seattle. Groove to the fresh sounds of Vince Guaraldi's holiday classic, "A Charlie Brown Christmas," played in its entirety. Now in its fifth year, Charlie has jammed its way onto the list of the region's most hip holiday traditions. Sip your cocktails at the Cornish Playhouse. Dress in your favorite jazz threads and step back into 1965, when the music was fly, and Snoopy was still just a drawing on the comics page. Featuring a silent auction of holiday gifts, and the uniquely fine chocolates of Margaret Savas. All proceeds to benefit Strawberry Theatre Workshop programs for 2016. Tickets: $36, but 25% off between now and Thanksgiving at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2412843.

            Cascade Symphony Orchestra – “Holiday Pops.” Dec. 13 & 14, 7:30pm. (Pre-concert lecture at 6:30pm.) Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. N., Edmonds. Featuring “Euphonium” by Adam Frey, “March from Babes in Toyland” by Victor Herbert, “Christmas Festival Anderson,” “Jazz Legato,” and “Bugler’s Holiday” by Anderson, “Chanukah Medley” by Marcus and R. Seletsky (arr.), Hallelujah Chorus from “Messiah” by Handel. Tickets: $27-adults, $22-senior, $15-student w/ID, $10-youth 12 & under. 425-275-9595; http://www.edmondscenterforthearts.org/; http://cascadesymphony.org/

            Ensign Symphony & Chorus “Alleluia.” Dec. 14 &15, 7:30pm, S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium, Benaroya Hall, 3rd Ave. & University St. Looking for a beautiful Christmas concert that celebrates the reason for the season? Look no further! “Alleluia,” presented by Ensign Symphony & Chorus with guest pianist and recording artist Jennifer Thomas, promises to both entertain and inspire. You'll hear traditional favorites like "Joy to the World," "O Come All Ye Faithful" and "The First Noel." You'll also hear brand new tunes from Jennifer Thomas's upcoming album Winter Symphony, recently recorded together with Ensign Chorus at Bastyr University. Audience members regularly comment that the annual Ensign Symphony & Chorus concert is their favorite way to start the season. Make it your tradition too!
            The new Ensign Symphony & Chorus fills a unique space in the panoramic performing arts scene of the Puget Sound region. Some 150 Ensign singers and instrumentalists, led by Rob Archibald and Fabio Pirola, perform a broad repertoire of joyous music in the tradition of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, BBC Symphony Chorus and Westminster Symphonic Choir, infusing life-long university, church and community ensemble training with a passion that is profoundly moving. Tickets: $16-$36. www.BenaroyaHall.org; 206-215-4747; 1-866-833-4747; or at Benaroya Hall Box Office, 3rd Ave. & Union St.

            Northwest Baroque Masterworks – “Praetorius Christmas Vespers.” Dec. 16, 7:30pm at Bastyr University Chapel, 14500 Juanita Dr. NE, Kenmore; Dec. 18, 8pm at St. James Cathedral, 804 9th Ave. David Fallis, artistic director of the Toronto Consort, leads the Northwest Baroque Masterworks ensemble of thirteen vocal soloists, strings, winds, brass, lutes, organ, and full choir in festive cantatas to fill the Bastyr University Chapel and St. James Cathedral with sounds of the holiday season.
            The performance recreates the joyful celebration of Christmas Vespers as it might have been heard under the direction of Michael Praetorius in a 17th-century North German Lutheran church. “Praetorius Christmas Vespers,” a Northwest Baroque Masterworks performance, is presented in collaboration with Early Music Vancouver, Portland Baroque Orchestra, and Victoria’s Early Music Society of the Islands. Tickets: $39, $25 for students/under 25. www.earlymusicguild.org; 206-325-7066.

            Nora Michaels & Victor Janusz sing “CHARISMA NOEL!” with the Victor Janusz Quartet (Bassist Dave Solonen, Accordion/Percussionist Rob Witmer, Saxman MD Dixon, with Mr. Janusz at the piano). Dec. 16, 9pm show (8:30pm door). Egan’s Ballard Jam House, 1707 NW Market St. Singers Nora Michaels and Victor Janusz – “together again for the very second time!” – will offer an intimate concert “Singing Only the Holiday Songs They LOVE.” Fans of the two Northwest-based vocalists know this event will mean an eclectic journey from standards, jazz, the blues, and Janusz’ perennial favorite holiday near-classics (“FRUITCAKE BLUES,” “C3 Queens” and “Christmas in the Bahamas,” to name a few) served with a hearty dose of story-telling (Childhood Tales of Xmas-Trauma are NOT included). Tickets: $15 cover. Seating is limited. Advance tickets strongly recommended. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2465994.

            The Coats Annual Holiday Show. Dec. 18 & 19, 7:30pm, Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall, Benaroya Hall, 3rd Ave. & Union St. Nationally acclaimed vocal band The Coats present their annual holiday show with special guests, making it an evening never to forget! Tickets: $39.50. www.BenaroyaHall.org; 206-215-4747; 1-866-833-4747; or at Benaroya Hall Box Office, 3rd Ave. & Union St.

            Bellevue Chamber Chorus – “Season of Wonder.” Dec. 19, 7:30pm. St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 3030 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue. (See Dec. 20 listing below for details.) Tickets: $20-adults, $15-seniors, $10-students, and $5-children 12 and under. 425-881-0445; www.BellevueChamberChorus

            Orchestra Seattle/Seattle Chamber Singers (OSSCS) – Handel’s “Messiah.” Dec. 19, 7:30pm. Seattle First Free Methodist Church, 3200 3rd Ave. W; Dec. 20, 3pm. Everett First Presbyterian Church, 2936 Rockefeller Ave, Everett. No other work has become more closely associated with OSSCS than Georg Frideric Handel’s most celebrated oratorio, “Messiah.” For four decades, audiences have delighted in our complete and uncut performances. This season we offer two performances: one in Seattle and a second in Everett. Tickets: $25 general, $20 senior, $10 full-time student, FREE youth 7-17. www.osscs.org/concerts; www.brownpapertickets.com; 1-800-838-3006.

            Medieval Women’s Choir - “Natus est Rex!” 8pm. St. James Cathedral, 804 Ninth Ave. This opening concert of the 2015-16 season features the choir’s first performance with Interim Artistic Director Eric Mentzel. Advance tickets are available for $25 at www.medievalwomenschoir.org; $30 at the door. Celebrate the holiday season with solemn hymns, irresistible dances, luscious motets, and songs of praise for St. Nicholas, the Virgin Mary, the New Year, and of course, Christmas. Featuring sopranos Molly Seibert and Linda Strandberg, vielle player Shulamit Kleinerman,
harpist Bill McJohn, and percussionist Peggy Monroe, our European holiday tour draws on music from Italy, Aquitaine, and France. Currently in its 26th season, the Medieval Women’s Choir is a nonprofit vocal ensemble
dedicated to recreating and presenting medieval music through performance, education, and
outreach. Founded by Margriet Tindemans, a life-long scholar of medieval music and performer
of international reputation, the choir’s programs increase understanding and appreciation of this
beautiful yet less familiar body of music. Currently under the direction of early music specialist
and internationally regarded tenor Eric Mentzel, the Medieval Women’s Choir is a warm and
welcoming group of women which treasures the opportunity to sing this remarkable music in a
friendly and supportive environment. For more information visit www.medievalwomenschoir.org.

            Bellevue Chamber Chorus – “Season of Wonder.” Dec. 12, 7:30pm @ Bothell United Methodist Church, 18515 92nd Ave NE, Bothell; Dec. 19, 7:30pm @ St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 3030 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue; Dec. 20, 3pm @ Prospect Congregational UCC, 1919 E. Prospect. BCC kicks off its 32nd season with the 2015 holiday program “Season of Wonder.” Brighten your seasonal celebrations with wondrous sacred and secular music for winter and the holidays, as we bring you a sumptuous setting of “The Holly and the Ivy” by the popular Norwegian choral composer Ola Gjeilo, the haunting “’Tis Winter Now” by Paul Hailey, and “Winter Sun” by Canadian composer Don Macdonald, sure to inspire visions of glittering snowscapes and the aurora borealis. We’re also excited to perfom an exquiste setting of “There Is No Rose” by composer and former Seattle Times classical music critic, Melinda Bargreen. Plus, you’ll hear beautiful works for chorus and classical guitar by Alf Houkum (“The Rune of Hospitality”) and Jeffrey Van (“O Be Joyful”), featuring critically acclaimed and nationally-known guitarist Michael Nicolella (www.nicolella.com), also on the faculty at Cornish College of the Arts. Tickets: $20-adults, $15-seniors, $10-students, and $5-children 12 and under. 425-881-0445; www.BellevueChamberChorus

            Candlelight Concerts – “Jazzin' with the Classics by Candlelight for Christmas 2015.” Dec. 20, 7pm. University Christian Church, 4731 15th Ave. NE. Three artists and friends from classical and jazz realms meld their musical perspectives in this unusual collaboration and festive celebration of the Yuletide season – in a brand new program for 2015! Artists include: flutist Jeffrey Cohan; multi-talented Martin Lund on piano, clarinet and flute; and soprano Linda Tsatsanis. Suggested donation: $25, $20 or $15, with series passes available for $50. www.candlelightseattle.org; 206-522-0169. Also on Bainbridge, Whidbey and Orcas Islands and in Stanwood in 2015!

            Earshot Jazz – 26th Annual “Concert of Sacred Music” by Duke Ellington. Dec. 26, 7:30pm. Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave. at Seneca St. Ellington’s wonderful “Sacred Music” is both serious and swinging. It is a reverent and hip body of jazz composition, written late in his career, for jazz big band, vocal and instrumental soloists, gospel choir, and tap dancers.
            For the past 25 years Earshot Jazz has presented an annual concert of Ellington’s Sacred Music. The concert features the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, co-directed by Michael Brockman and Clarence Acox, guest vocalists Stephen Newby, Nichol Veneé Eskridge, and the NW Chamber Chorus, and special guest tap dancer Alex Dugdale. Tickets: $38-$19 preferred; $28-$14 general. https://earshot.secure.force.com/ticket/#sections_a0F1a0000023pHWEAY; 206-547-6763
           
            Byron Schenkman & Friends – “Anna Madgalena Bach Notebook.” Dec. 27, 7pm. Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall, Benaroya Hall, 3rd Ave. & Union St. 2015-2016 marks the third season of exciting programming for Byron Schenkman & Friends. Schenkman again collaborates with friends to bring an exciting new baroque and classical chamber music series to Benaroya Hall. At the darkest time of year we offer an intimate glimpse into the private musical world of the Bach family, including works copied out by Anna Magdalena Bach as well as compositions presented to her by her husband, Johann Sebastian Bach. This program features Linda Tsatsanis (soprano), Nathan Whittaker (cello) and Byron Schenkman (harpsichord). Tickets: $42 general, $38 senior, $10 student. www.byronschenkman.com; 206-215-4747.

            Cappella Romana – “Epiphany: Medieval Byzantine & Old-Roman Chant.” Jan. 9, 8pm. Blessed Sacrament Church, 5050 8th Ave NE. This program features Cappella Romana’s specialist ensemble of Byzantine cantors singing a program of Medieval hymns and psalms for the feast of Epiphany. This performance includes examples of Byzantine chant in Greek from Hagia Sophia and from Palestine, and selections in Latin of Old Roman Chant sung directly from 11th-century manuscripts. Tickets: $44-$22 with student/senior discount. www.cappellaromana.org; 503-236-8202.

            THEATRE & DANCE

            A Charlie Brown Christmas. Dec. 3-26. Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St. A Christmas Tradition Reinvented – Charlie Brown is depressed by the never-ending commercialism surrounding the holidays. Thankfully, Linus is there to help him find the true meaning of Christmas in this musical adaptation of the cartoon classic. Tickets: www.taproottheatre.org; 206-781-9707.

            A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, adapted by Gregory A. Falls. Nov. 27-Dec. 30. ACT Theatre, 700 Union St. Join us for a Seattle tradition: a ripping good telling of the classic story of Ebenezer Scrooge, the curmudgeonly businessman who requires the intervention of a few spectral guides to understand the true meaning of Christmas and life. Well over a century after its writing, Dickens' classic tale of hope and redemption continues to remind us what's really worth celebrating – at the holidays, or any time! Enhance your experience with Inside A Christmas Carol: an exclusive backstage tour. Tickets: www.acttheatre.org; 206-292-7676.

            A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play. Fri/Sat: Dec. 4-5 & 11-12, 7:30pm & Sun: Dec. 6 & 13, 3pm. Twelfth Night Productions, Kenyon Hall, 7904 35th Ave. SW. Twelfth Night Productions (TNP) is proud to present A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play this holiday season. TNP's Holiday Radio plays have become an annual tradition for community members seeking to revel in holiday cheer with their friends and family.
            This holiday season, join us for a retelling of the classic A Christmas Carol, brought to life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. Experience the magic of season as the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future visit our hero Ebenezer Scrooge to teach him about generosity, love and the power of giving. As always, our radio program will begin with an original short featuring Dick Doubleheart and the Twelfth Night Comedy Mystery Playhouse, written by John Ruoff. Our cast of talented Radio players also includes our incredible Foley (sound effects) actors, the wonderful 1929 Wurlitzer Pipe Organ, and our Fabulous Mistletones sharing traditional carols before the show. Tickets: $18-general; $15-students/seniors. http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2412281 and at the door.

            A Christmas Twist. Nov. 27-Dec. 20. Fri.-Sat., 8pm; Sun.-2pm. Burien Actors Theatre, 14501 4th Ave SW, Seattle. Looking for a little cheekiness in your holiday theater-going? Seven actors bring 18 characters to life in A Christmas Twist, an irreverent mash-up of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and Oliver Twist. A Christmas Twist tosses Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and Oliver Twist into a high-spirited blender with plenty of pop culture and an absurd cast of characters that includes Little Orphan Annie. The result is a humorous parody of Christmas stories about the poor versus the rich that still spreads the spirit of the season. Combining the energy and spontaneous humor of improv with clever satire, this show brings to mind a Mel Brooks creation. Tickets: $20 general admission, $17 seniors and $10 students. 206-242-5180; http://burienlittletheatre.org/

            A Holiday of Errors. Dec. 4-20. Sound Theatre Company, 12th Ave Arts, 1620 12th Ave. Christmas Eve, 1593. Marlowe was dead to begin with. Between writer’s block, a plague-ridden London and the theatre-hating Puritans, William Shakespeare faces the end of his career. Then a ghostly visit from the late Christopher Marlowe and a last minute invitation to perform for Queen Elizabeth give the Bard a flicker of hope. But the not-so-virgin queen has some saucy plans of her own. A dash of Richard III, a dose of A Christmas Carol and a dollop of Twelfth Night add up to a real Holiday of Errors! General admission: $25, Student (with ID): $15. Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2412806

            “A(n Improvised) Christmas Carol.” Nov. 17-Dec. 13. Unexpected Productions, 1428 Post Alley (down the cobblestone alley or down the stairs next to Rachel the Pig at the Pike Place Market). We all know the story of Charles Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol. Or do we? Unexpected Productions brings back its holiday favorite, "A(n Improvised) Christmas Carol". Based on audience suggestions, our improvisers bend and twist Charles Dickens' tale of Ebenezer Scrooge in all sorts of hilarious directions – and each show is different. Where does Scrooge work? What ails Tiny Tim? Does Scrooge even get reformed? It's all up to you in this wild, hilarious, holiday ride. A holiday tradition for countless locals since 1985, it's the perfect way to celebrate the holidays with friends or family. Tickets: www.unexpectedproductions.org; 206-587-2414.

            “Antiques Improv Show.” Dec. 3-18, Thu & Fri @ 8pm. Jet City Improv, Historic University Theatre, 5510 University Way NE. Jet City Improv invites audiences of all ages to learn the hidden and hilarious histories behind their family heirlooms and thrift store discoveries at the world premier of “Antiques Improv Show.” Every performance of this improvised comedy features amusing appraisals for real antiques and curiosities brought on stage by members of the audience, as well as an uproarious reenactment of each item’s journey through history. Audiences are invited to bring objects of any shape, size, age, and origin, even if they are not obviously valuable or antique. Guests are also encouraged to bring items that they are able to hold in their lap during the entirety of the performance and discouraged from bringing anything truly irreplaceable, as there is always a small risk of an accident when the performers handle the selected objects. The appraised value of each object will be completely fictitious, but every appraisal will put its owner in the running for a real prize at the end of the performance. “Antiques Improv Show” is appropriate for all ages. Special Opening Night Gala on Dec. 3 features a Q&A with the actors followed by complimentary cake and champagne. Tickets: $15 advance ($18 at the door); $12 advance ($15 at the door) for students, seniors, military personnel, and TPS members. http://www.jetcityimprov.org/ CLICK ON BUY TICKETS above main menu.

            Beauty and the Beast. Dec. 11-13. Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St. The most beautiful love story every told comes to life! The romantic Broadway musical for all generations, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, the smash hit Broadway musical, is coming to Seattle! Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature film, this eye-popping spectacle has won the hearts of over 35 million people worldwide. This classic musical love story is filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers including “Be Our Guest” and the beloved title song. Experience the romance and enchantment of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at The Paramount! Tickets: www.tickets.com; 877-STG-4TIX; and in person at the Paramount Box Office.

            The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Dec. 12-24. Seattle Public Theater, 7312 W. Greenlake Dr. N. The delightfully horrible Herdman clan descends on the Bathhouse for their 15th consecutive year, turning a pedestrian pageant into sidesplitting chaos and bringing new life to an old tradition. Featuring a cast of young actors alongside adult professionals, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is the not-to-be-missed holiday favorite for families and kids of all ages. Tickets: $5-$32. www.seattlepublictheater.org; 206-524-1300.

            Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Nov. 5 -Dec. 27. Seattle Children’s Theatre, 201 Thomas St. A new musical version of the beloved English story. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, we love you! Just in time for the holidays, SCT presents this sparkling musical, based on the MGM motion picture version of Ian Fleming’s book. Come see this imaginative tale filled with memorable, quirky characters, and, of course, Chitty the “fantasmagorical” car. Cheer on the devoted father and eccentric inventor, Caractacus Potts, and his children, Jemima and Jeremy, as they plot to rescue Grandpa Potts and the children of Vulgaria from the dastardly Baron and Baroness Bomburst. Join us for a marvelous, musical holiday event! If you enjoyed James and the Giant Peach and The Wizard of Oz, you will love this fantastic adventure. Tickets: www.sct.org; 206-441-3322.

            Christmastown: A Holiday Noire. Dec. 3-24. Seattle Public Theater, 7312 W. Greenlake Dr. N. In this film noir-inspired holiday thriller by Seattle playwright Wayne Rawley, hard-boiled detective Nick Holiday investigates some un-holiday-like shenanigans taking place in Christmastown. Add a glamorous elf, a used-Christmas-tree salesman, a muckraking reporter, and a quick-thinking cab driver, and you've got the "best new holiday romp of the year!" (Seattle Times). Tickets: www.seattlepublictheater.org; 206-524-1300.

            Jinkx Monsoon and Major Scales “Unwrapped.” Nov. 25-Dec. 13. Seattle Repertory Theatre, 155 Mercer St. The stars of 2014’s hit musical revue “The Vaudevillians” are back with more tunes and more laughs, this time with mistletoe! Drag performers Jinkx Monsoon and Major Scales return to the Leo K. Stage for a special engagement that is perfect for those looking for an off-kilter, off-color holiday show. So drag yourself to the theatre for big cheer! Tickets: $42-$62. www.seattlerep.org; 206-443-2222.

            Mary Poppins. Dec. 4-20. Bainbridge Performing Arts, 200 Madison Ave. N, Bainbridge Island. Everyone's favorite practically-perfect nanny takes the stage in this Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious musical adventure. Disney & Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins is an enchanting mixture of irresistible story, unforgettable songs ("A Spoonful of Sugar," "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious," "Chim Chim Cher-Ee," and more), breathtaking dance numbers, and astonishing stagecraft.
            One of the most popular Disney movies of all time is capturing hearts in a whole new way: as a positively perfect musical! Based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film, Disney & Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins delighted Broadway audiences for over 2,500 performances and received nominations for nine Olivier and seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Tickets: $19-27. www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org; 206-842-8569

            My Fair Lady. Nov. 5-Jan. 3. Village Theatre, 303 Front St. N., Issaquah. One of the greatest Broadway musicals of all time, revel in the story of a lowly Cockney flower girl as she transforms into a sophisticated lady – with the help of a linguistics teacher who will get a bit more than he bargained for. Based on George Bernard Shaw’s play Pygmalion, this beloved musical for the whole family boasts a score of hummable classics such as “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?” “I Could Have Danced All Night,” and “On The Street Where You Live.” Directed by Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning writer and Village Theatre regular Brian Yorkey, My Fair Lady will be full of all the glamour and style you expect to see at Village Theatre over the holidays. Tickets: www.villagetheatre.org; 425-392-2202. (Run continues Jan. 8-31 at Everett Performing Arts Center, 2710 Wetmore Ave., Everett. www.villagetheatre.org; 425-257-8600.)

            Cornish Prep Dance Company’s "Nutcracker." Dec. 18, 7pm; Dec. 19-20. Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center (formerly Intiman Theatre), 201 Mercer St. Cornish Preparatory Dance Company and students in the Preparatory Dance Program at Cornish College of the Arts present “Nutcracker.” Students from age 6 to 18 bring this classic story to the stage with heart and a bit of humor. The choreographers have captured the essence of the “Nutcracker” story while giving the students the opportunity to participate in a classical ballet with competence while honoring their particular talents. Tickets: $20 general; $16 Cornish Students, Seniors, Alumni. http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2245617

            George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. Nov. 28-Dec. 28. Pacific Northwest Ballet, Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St. A new/old holiday tradition comes to Seattle! Pacific Northwest Ballet is excited to premiere the centerpiece of its 2015-2016 season, a sparkling new production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker featuring eye-popping colorful sets and costumes designed by author/illustrator Ian Falconer. PNB’s new production still features Tchaikovsky’s timeless score performed live by the mighty PNB Orchestra, and the beloved story of Clara, her Nutcracker prince, and a magical journey to delight audiences both young and old. “As a ten-year-old boy, I stepped onto the stage for the first time as a member of the cast of George Balanchine’s Nutcracker,” said PNB Artistic Director Peter Boal. “The magic of this production was evident from that moment on, and now to have the opportunity to bring it to Seattle audiences wrapped in the brilliance of Ian Falconer’s designs is a dream come true.” Tickets: $25-$156. 206-441-2424; www.pnb.org

            She Loves Me. Dec. 4-20. Seattle Musical Theatre, Magnuson Park Building 47, 7120 62nd Ave. NE.
As a parfumerie store readies itself for the Christmas rush, a store clerk and a salesgirl are constantly at odds, but are unaware that they are conducting an anonymous romantic correspondence. This charming musical is adapted from the Jimmy Stewart film The Shop Around the Corner and the basis for the 1998 movie You’ve Got Mail. Musical gems include “Twelve Days ‘Til Christmas,” “Dear Friend” and “Ice Cream.” Tickets: $30-$35. www.seattlemusicaltheatre.org; 206-363-2809.
           
            Rogers & Hammerstein’s Sound of Music: Live on Stage. Nov. 24-Jan. 3. 5th Avenue Theatre, 1308 5th Avenue. Long before Julie Andrews sang from the mountaintops in the legendary 1965 film, The Sound of Music captured the imagination of theatergoers world-wide. This story of the young governess Maria, who brings much-needed tenderness and joy to the von Trapp family, has everything – romance, danger, bravery, and love. Tickets: __________. www.5thavenue.org; 206-625-1900.

            Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol. Dec. 4-19, Thurs., 7:30pm; Fri. & Sat., 8pm; Sun., 2pm. Renton Civic Theatre, 507 S 3rd St., Renton. 425-226-5529 or visit rentoncivictheatre.org.

            This Christmas. Nov. 20-Dec. 26. Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St. Leah plans the perfect Christmas, but her husband is preoccupied, an inept waitress could spoil everything, and Christmas Eve rapidly spins out of control as uninvited guests show up. Will this be the worst Christmas ever, or will Leah open her heart to new ways of celebrating the moments that make life beautiful? Please note: If you would like to purchase a Dinner and Show Package on Dec. 2 please call the Box Office at 206-781-9707. Dinner and Show Package tickets are not available online. Please notify the Box Office of any dietary restrictions when purchasing tickets. Tickets: www.taproottheatre.org; 206-781-9707.

            Can Can presents “Wonderland – A Carnival of Winter Wonder.” Nov. 13-Jan. 31. Can Can in the Historic Pike Place Market, 94 Pike St. Celebrate the holidays as our cast of A-list performers swing from the chandeliers into a new show full of classic beauty and flirtatious artistry. It’ll be a glittering parade of nostalgia, exploding with dance, laughter, and all the cheer of yesteryear. Tickets: $30-$85. 206-652-0832; www.thecancan.com.

            Wonderful Life. Dec. 3-27. ArtsWest, 4711 California Ave. SW. George Bailey’s struggle to grasp why life is worth living finds a fresh voice in this enchanting one-person retelling of Frank Capra’s classic film It’s a Wonderful Life. Penned by Helen Pafumi and Jason Lott, this memory play introduces audiences to the residents of Bedford Falls, New York on a fateful Christmas Eve in 1945. Wonderful Life – 2012’s Helen Hayes Award Nominee for Outstanding New Play or Musical – is a heart-warming story about the effect one hardworking man’s life has on the people around him. Tickets: $17-$37.50. www.artswest.org; 206-938-0339.

 

 

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