November 23, 2011 | by Juliette Ebner
Music of the season

Wolf Trap’s Holiday Sing-A-Long, featuring the U.S. Marine band and members of local choirs and vocal groups is Dec. 4. (Photo by Sam Kittner, courtesy Wolf Trap)

The holiday season has officially begun with Thanksgiving over and it’s time for holiday concerts and shows. Washington and the region have a rich bounty slated — you could go to concerts almost every night between now and Christmas and still not see everything.

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington has its annual holiday concert, “Red & Greene,” for four performances from Dec. 16-18 at Lisner Auditorium (730 21st St., N.W.) featuring Ellen Greene, Broadway’s original Audrey from “Little Shop of Horrors.” Tickets range from $25 to $50 and can be purchased at gmcw.org.

The Gay Men’s Chorus will also be joining Metropolitan Community Church of Washington for its “Joy All Over the World” Christmas concert at Lincoln Theater on Dec. 3. Oleta Adams will make a special appearance. Orchestra seats are $30; balcony seats are $20. This is lesbian music minister Shirli Hughes’ swan song with the church. Go to mccdc.com for more information or ticketmaster.com for tickets.

Wolf Trap (1645 Trap Rd.) in Vienna has two holiday shows coming up. Starting Wednesday is Steve Solomon’s “My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m Home for the Holidays.” Solomon uses impersonations to tell the story of a family reunion in his one-man show, the longest running one-man show in Broadway history. The show runs through Dec. 2. Tickets are $32 and can be purchased online at wolftrap.org.

Dec. 4 brings Wolf Trap’s free annual holiday sing-a-long featuring Christmas carols and Hanukkah songs by choir and vocal groups and the United States Marine Band.

The Kennedy Center (2700 F St., N.W.) has a bevy of different holiday performances and events coming up in December.

The American Ballet Theatre will be performing “The Nutcracker” from Dec. 8-11 featuring the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, the Norwood Middle School Choir and the National Cathedral School Choir. Tickets range from $45 to $150.

The National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Matthew Halls, will be performing Handel’s “Messiah” starting Dec. 15. The show will run through Dec. 18 and tickets range from $20 to $85.

Before the Orchestra’s performance, the Kennedy Center will have Yvonne Caruthers give a comprehensive history of “Messiah” performances throughout the years in “Searching for the Real Messiah” on Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15.

Tickets for all Kennedy Center performances can be purchased online at kennedy-center.org.

The Cantate Chamber Singers will be giving their “Holiday in Venice” concert on Dec, 11 at St. Mark Episcopal Church (118 3rd St., S.E.) at 3 p.m.

If too much “Messiah”/”Nutcracker”-type traditionalism has you reaching for the eggnog, there are some less reverential offerings as well.

Gay filmmaker John Waters brings his eponymous Christmas show to the Birchmere on Dec. 18. Tickets are $45 at birchmere.com.

And the Kinsey Sicks, a “dragapella” beauty-shop quartet, are back in D.C. with their show “Oy Vey in a Manger” at Theater J (1529 16th St., N.W.) for four performances from Dec. 24-26. Tickets range from $25 to $65 and can be purchased online at theaterj.org.

The Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra will be performing its holiday concert, “A Bohemian Christmas,” featuring holiday favorites re-imagined with a jazz bent, at The Mansion at Strathmore (10701 Rockville Pike) in North Bethesda on Dec. 18 at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20.

Grammy Award nominee Dave Koz, who’s gay, is coming to the Music Center at Strathmore (5301 Tuckerman Lane) in North Bethesda on Dec. 5 for his Christmas tour with special guests Rick Braun, Jonathan Butler and Candy Dulfer. The concert will feature songs from Koz’s holiday albums. The concert begins at 8 p.m. and tickets range from $38 to $72.

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will be performing “Holiday Cirque de la Symphonie” on Dec. 8 at the Music Center at 8 p.m. The concert will be performed on and above the stage.

The orchestra will also perform Handel’s “Messiah” on Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. featuring Edward Polochick and concert artists of Baltimore Symphonic Chorale.

Tickets for both Orchestra performances range from $28 to $88.

The National Philharmonic will also be performing Handel’s “Messiah” with two performances on Dec. 10 and 11 featuring Stan Engebretson conducting. Kids from 7 to 17 can attend this concert for free. Tickets range from $32 to $79. There will also be a free lecture before the concert on Dec. 10.

On Dec. 12, Pink Martini (featuring Thomas Lauderdale, who’s openly gay) will be performing at the Music Center at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $55 to $125 and can be purchased online at ticketmaster.com. All Strathmore tickets can be purchased online at Strathmore.org unless otherwise noted.

The BlackRock Center for the Arts (12901 Town Commons Drive) in Germantown will have the “Lift Every Voice: A Holiday Gospel Celebration” concert on Dec.3 at 8 p.m. featuring vocal performances by Solomon Howard, EXTOL and Nischka Higginbotham. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online at blackrockcenter.org.

The Olney Theater (2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd.) has two holiday shows coming up in December. First up is “The Nutcracker” starting Dec. 9 and running through Dec. 24. This is the Olney Ballet Theatre’s 50th anniversary production of the show. And starting Dec. 14, Paul Morella returns to Olney with his performance of “A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas.” Tickets for all shows at Olney start at $26 and can be purchased by calling the box office at 301-924-3400.

The Christ Church Episcopal (118 N. Washington St.) in Alexandria has “A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols” on Dec. 4 at 5 p.m. The traditional service will feature hymns and anthems, including music by gay composters Joel Martinson, Richard Webster and David Ashley White. This is a free event, but an offering will be taken to benefit the music program at Mount Vernon Woods Elementary School. A wine-and-cheese reception will follow the performance.

D.C. Different Drummers’ holiday concert is Dec. 11 at the Columbia Heights Education Campus Auditorium (3101 16th St., N.W.) at 3 p.m. The performance will include music from D.C. Swing!, the Capitol Pride Symphonic Band and several of the groups small ensembles, almost all of whom are LGBT. Tickets to the concert are $21 for adults and $11 for students and seniors and can be purchased online at dcdd.org.

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