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Originally published Wednesday, November 24, 2010 at 7:01 PM

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Holiday entertainment: Classical events around the Puget Sound region

A listing of area classical-music events happening during the holiday season.

Holiday entertainment

2010 Guide:

In the pages below, you'll find seven lists of seasonal events as well as details on how to join our 2010 holiday scavenger hunt. Explore and plan your holiday season.

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For many, the Seattle Symphony and Chorale's annual "Messiah" performances (Dec. 16-19) are a "must-do" for the season. But if you're in the mood for something a little more irreverent, try the Seattle Men's Chorus "Holiday Glee" shows (Saturday-Dec. 20).

Seattle Men's Chorus: Holiday Glee

SAT-DEC. 20 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5, 12, 19-20, Benaroya Hall (S. Mark Taper Forum), 200 University St., Seattle; $25-$65 (206-388-1400 or www.flyinghouse.org).

The Renaissance Singers: Christmas in England — A Ceremony of Carols

SAT-SUN 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, Trinity Parish Episcopal Church, 609 Eighth Ave., Seattle; $12-$17 suggested donation (206-397-3627 or www.therenaissancesingers.com).

Emerald City Ringers: Lions and Tigers and ... Reindeer? Oh My!

SUN 4 p.m., Daniels Recital Hall, 811 Fifth Ave., Seattle; $10 (425-485-6743 or www.emeraldcityringers.org).

Everett Philharmonic Orchestra Family Concert

SUN 3 p.m., Everett Civic Auditorium, 2415 Colby Ave., Everett; $20 (206-270-9729 or www.everettphil.org).

SPU Music: The Sacred Sounds of Christmas

MON-TUE 7:30 p.m., Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $17-$20 (206-281-2000).

Christmas Traditions with Rainier Symphony, Northwest University and University Presbyterian Church

WED 7:30 p.m., Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $12-$36 (www.seattlesymphony.org).

Holiday Pops With Cirque de la Symphonie

DEC. 2-5 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2, 8 p.m. Dec. 3, 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 4, 2 p.m. Dec. 5, Benaroya Hall (S. Mark Taper Forum), 200 University St., Seattle; $17-$90 (206-215-4747 or www.seattlesymphony.org).

Seattle Men's Chorus: Holiday Glee (Tacoma)

DEC 2 8 p.m., Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma; $39-$52 (www.broadwaycenter.org).

Claudio Monteverdi: 1610 Vespers

DEC. 3-4 8 p.m., St. James Cathedral, 804 Ninth Ave., Seattle; $15-$40 (206-325-7066 or www.earlymusicguild.org).

Organ at Noon: Advent and Christmas

DEC. 3 12:05 p.m., Kilworth Chapel (University of Puget Sound), 1500 N. Warner St., University of Puget Sound, Tacoma; free (253-879-3555 or www.pugetsound.edu/calendars).

Bainbridge Chorale: Timeless Christmas Classics

DEC. 4-5 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4, 3 p.m. Dec. 5, Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church, 11042 Sunrise Drive N.E., Bainbridge Island; $12-$18 (206-780-2467 or www.bainbridgechorale.org).

Cantare Vocal Ensemble: On A Cold Winter's Night

DEC. 4-5 8 p.m. Dec. 4, 2 p.m. Dec. 5, St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral, 1245 10th Ave. E., Seattle; $18-$20 (206-367-5667 or cantarevocalensemble.org).

Choir of the Sound Holiday Concert

DEC. 4-5 7 p.m. Dec. 4, 3 p.m. Dec. 5, Shorecrest High School Performing Arts Center, 15343 25th Ave. N.E., Shoreline; $9-$20 (206-528-9990 or www.choirofthesound.org).

Clarion Brass: This is What Christmas Sounds Like

DEC. 4 7:30 p.m., Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle; $12-$18 (509-489-4633 or www.figarotunes.com).

Columbia Choirs: What Sweeter Music

DEC. 4, 7 7 p.m. Dec. 4, Bothell United Methodist Church, 18515 92nd Ave. N.E., Bothell; 7 p.m. Dec. 7, Trilogy at Redmond Ridge Cascade Club, 23225 N.E. Greens Crossing Road, Redmond; $8-$10 (425-486-1987 or www.columbiachoirs.com).

Master Chorus Eastside: A Victorian Christmas

DEC. 4, 12 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4, Eastlake Performing Arts Center, 400 228th Ave. N.E., Sammamish; 3 p.m. Dec. 12, Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave., Kirkland; $15-$20 (425-392-8446 or www.masterchoruseastside.org).

Northwest Chamber Chorus: Laud to the Nativity

DEC. 4-5 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4, Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, 7500 Greenwood Ave. N., Seattle; 3 p.m. Dec. 5, Plymouth Congregational Church, 1217 Sixth Ave., Seattle; $12-$20 (206-523-1196).

Seattle Choral Company: A Cathedral Christmas — Through a Child's Eyes

DEC. 4, 10-11 2 p.m. Dec. 4, Bastyr University, 14500 Juanita Drive N.E., Kenmore; 8 p.m. Dec. 10, 2 p.m., 8 p.m. Dec. 11, St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral, 1245 10th Ave. E., Seattle; $10-$27 (206-363-1100 or www.seattlechoralcompany.org).

Seattle Men's Chorus: Holiday Glee (Everett)

DEC. 4 8 p.m., Everett Civic Auditorium, 2415 Colby Ave., Everett; $18-$38 (206-388-1400 or www.flyinghouse.org).

University of Puget Sound Adelphian Concert Choir and Voci d'Amici Holiday Concert

DEC. 4-5 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4, 2 p.m. Dec. 5, Kilworth Chapel (University of Puget Sound), 1500 N. Warner St. University of Puget Sound, Tacoma; $8.50-$4.50 (253-879-3419 or www.pugetsound.edu/calendars).

Vashon Island Chorale: Noël — A French Christmas

DEC. 4-5 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4, 3 p.m. Dec. 5, Bethel Evangelical Free Church, 14736 S.W. Bethel Lane, Vashon; $10-$12.50 (206-683-4556).

Kirkland Choral Society: Magnificat! A Holiday Celebration

DEC. 5, 10 2 p.m. Dec. 5, Bastyr University, 14500 Juanita Drive N.E., Kenmore; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10, Daniels Recital Hall, 811 Fifth Ave., Seattle; $12-$18 (425-296-0612 or www.kirklandchoralsociety.org).

Magical Strings — A Celtic Yuletide

DEC. 3, 4, 5, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3, St. John's Episcopal Church, 114 20th Ave. S.E., Olympia; 7 p.m. Dec. 4, Snoqualmie Valley Alliance Church, 36017 S.E. Fish Hatchery Road, Fall City; 3 p.m. Dec. 5, Kent Meridian High School, 10020 S. 256th St., Kent; 3 p.m. Dec. 12, Redeemer United Methodist Church, 9900 Shorty Campbell Road, Kingston; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17, Urban Grace: The Downtown Church, 902 Market St., Tacoma; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18, Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle; 3 p.m. Dec. 19, Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St., Mount Vernon; 7 p.m. Dec. 20, Theatre at Meydenbauer Center, 11100 N.E. Sixth St., Bellevue; $12-$26 (800-838-3006 or www.brownpapertickets.com).

Norwegian Ladies Chorus of Seattle Holiday Concert

DEC. 5 3 p.m., Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 2400 N.W. 85th St., Seattle; free (www.nlcofseattle.org).

The Federal Way Symphony's Christmas Extravaganza

DEC. 5 2 p.m., St. Luke's Lutheran Church, 515 S. 312th St., Federal Way; $25-$30 (253-529-9857 or www.federalwaysymphony.org).

Highline Community Symphonic Band Holiday Concert

DEC. 6 7:30 p.m., Highline Performing Arts Center, 401 S. 152nd St., Burien; free (www.highlineband.org).

Music Holidays with André Rieu

DEC. 6 7:30 p.m., KeyArena, 305 Harrison St., Seattle; $39-$131 (800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com).

Peace: A PLU Christmas

DEC. 6 7:30 p.m., Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $30 (253-535-7787 or www.plu.edu/christmas).

Yo-Yo Ma with the Seattle Symphony

DEC. 7 7:30 p.m., Benaroya Hall; $65-$180, sold-out (206-215-4747 or www.seattlesymphony.org).

Cris Williamson's Annual Holiday Show with the Seattle Women's Chorus

DEC. 10-11 8 p.m., Unity Church of Seattle, 200 Eighth Ave. N., Seattle; $20-$125 (206-706-7960 or www.choruscares.com).

KidSounds, TeenSounds, YouthSounds: Sleigh Ride

DEC. 10 7 p.m., Highline Performing Arts Center, 401 S. 152nd St., Burien; $15-$25 (206-246-6040 or www.northwestassociatedarts.org).

Sacred Music Chorale: Love's Pure Light

DEC. 10,11,12 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10, Boulevard Park Presbyterian Church, 1822 S. 128th St., SeaTac; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11, Trinity Lutheran Church, 6215 196th St. S.W., Lynnwood; 3 p.m. Dec. 12, Mason United Methodist Church, 2710 N. Madison St., Tacoma; $13-$15 (253-335-6582 or www.sacredmusicchorale.org).

Northwest Boychoir: Festival of Lessons and Carols

DEC. 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10, Our Lady Of The Lake, 8900 35th Ave. N.E., Seattle; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11, St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 4805 N.E. 45th St., Seattle; 3 p.m. Dec. 12, St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 8398 N.E. 12th St., Medina; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17, Holy Rosary Parish, 4200 S.W. Genesee, Seattle; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18, Trinity Lutheran Church, 6215 196th St. S.W., Lynnwood; 7 p.m. Dec. 19, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20, St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral, 1245 10th Ave. E., Seattle; $12-$22 (206-524-3234 or www.nwchoirs.org).

Cascadian Chorale: Winter

DEC. 11-12 7 p.m. Dec. 11, St. Margaret's Episcopal Church, 4228 Factoria Blvd. S.E., Bellevue; 7 p.m. Dec. 12, Trinity Parish Episcopal Church, 609 Eighth Ave., Seattle; $17-$20 (206-286-6028 or www.cascadianchorale.org).

ChoralSounds Northwest: Season of Wonder

DEC. 11-12 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11, 2 p.m. Dec. 12, Highline Performing Arts Center, 401 S. 152nd St., Burien; $15-$25 (206-246-6040 or www.nwassociatedarts.org).

Gallery Concerts: A Classical Christmas

DEC. 11-12 8 p.m. Dec. 11, 3 p.m. Dec. 12, Queen Anne Christian Church, 1316 Third Ave. W., Seattle; $12-$28 (206-726-6088 or www.galleryconcerts.org).

Garfield High School Symphony Orchestra Messiah Sing-Along

DEC. 11 7:30 p.m., Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Ave., Seattle; $6-$12 (206-252-2333 or www.garfieldorchestra.org).

Medieval Women's Choir: Noel Noel

DEC. 11 8 p.m., St. James Cathedral, 804 Ninth Ave., Seattle; $13-$22 (206-264-4822 or www.medievalwomenschoir.org).

Rainier Youth Choirs: Making Spirits Bright

DEC. 11 3 p.m., Kent United Methodist Church, 11010 S.E. 248th, Kent; $10-$15 (253-347-0180 or www.rainieryouthchoirs.org).

Seattle Pro Musica: Nowell, and English Christmas

DEC. 11, 18 3 p.m., 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11, Bastyr University, 14500 Juanita Drive N.E., Kenmore; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18, Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, 7500 Greenwood Ave. N., Seattle; $12-$22 (206-781-2766 or www.seattlepromusica.org).

A Chamber Christmas at Lord Hill Farms

DEC. 12 7 p.m., Lord Hill Farms, 12525 Old Snohomish-Monroe Road, Snohomish; $25-$50 (360-794-8945).

Bellevue Philharmonic: Handel's Messiah

DEC. 12 5 p.m., Westminster Chapel, 13646 N.E. 24th St., Bellevue; $15-$35 (425-455-4171 or www.bellevuephil.org).

Messiah Sing-In with Orchestra and Soloists

DEC. 12 7 p.m., Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 14536 Main St., Bellevue; free (425-392-2651).

Pacifica Chamber Orchestra Holiday Concert

DEC. 12 3 p.m., First Presbyterian Church of Everett, 2936 Rockefeller Ave., Everett; free (425-743-0255 or www.pacificachamberorchestra.org).

Bronn and Katherine Journey Christmas Concerts

DEC. 14, 18, 19, 29 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14, Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave., Kirkland; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18, Auburn Performing Arts Center, 700 E. Main St., Auburn; 2 p.m., 7 p.m. Dec. 19, Everett Performing Arts Center, 2710 Wetmore Ave., Everett; 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m. Dec. 29, Shorecrest High School Performing Arts Center, 15343 25th Ave. N.E., Shoreline; $15-$20 (800-838-3006 or www.bronnjourney.com).

Seattle Symphony and Chorale: Handel's Messiah

DEC. 16-19 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16, 8 p.m. Dec. 17, 1 p.m., 8 p.m. Dec. 18, 2 p.m. Dec. 19, Benaroya Hall (S. Mark Taper Forum), 200 University St., Seattle; $20-$63 (206-215-4747 or www.seattlesymphony.org).

Christmas With Choral Arts

DEC. 17-19 7 p.m. Dec. 17, Christ Episcopal Church (Tacoma), 310 N. K St., Tacoma; 7 p.m. Dec. 18-19, Trinity Parish Episcopal Church, 609 Eighth Ave., Seattle; $25 (877-404-2269 or www.choral-arts.org).

A Very Bach Christmas

DEC. 18-19 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18, 1 p.m. Dec. 19, Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Ave., Seattle; free (206-325-6051 or www.seattlefirstbaptist.org).

Columbia Choirs: Yulefest!

DEC. 18 2:30 p.m., Meany Theater, University of Washington, Seattle; $10-$15 (425-486-1987 or www.columbiachoirs.com).

Opus 7 Vocal Ensemble: Welcome All Wonders

DEC. 18 8 p.m., St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral, 1245 10th Ave. E., Seattle; $18-$20 (206-782-2899 or www.opus7.org).

Bellevue Chamber Chorus: Winter Visions, Christmas Dreams

DEC. 18, 19 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18, St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 8398 N.E. 12th St., Medina; 3 p.m. Dec. 19, Mercer Island Congregational Church, 4545 Island Crest Way, Mercer Island; $14-$18 (425-881-0445 or www.bellevuechamberchorus.net).

Joy to the World: A Christmas Concert

DEC. 19 2 p.m., 7 p.m., Icicle Creek Music Center, 7409 Icicle Road, Leavenworth, Chelan County; $20 (509-548-6347 or www.icicle.org).

Seattle Symphony and Northwest Boychoir: A Festival of Lessons and Carols

DEC. 21 7:30 p.m., Benaroya Hall (S. Mark Taper Forum), 200 University St., Seattle; $20-$63 (206-215-4747 or www.seattlesymphony.org).

The Tudor Choir: Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

DEC. 26 8 p.m., Blessed Sacrament Church, 5041 Ninth Ave. N.E., Seattle; $10-$25 (206-323-9415 or www.tudorchoir.org).

University Unitarian Church: Handel's Messiah Sing and Play Along

DEC. 26 7 p.m., University Unitarian Church, 6556 35th Ave. N.E., Seattle; $10-$15 (206-525-8400 or www.uuchurch.org/activities/music/messiah).

Seattle Symphony: Beethoven's Ninth

DEC. 29-30, JAN. 2 7:30 p.m. Dec. 29, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 30, 2 p.m. Jan. 2, Benaroya Hall (S. Mark Taper Forum), 200 University St., Seattle; $25-$106 (206-215-4747 or www.seattlesymphony.org).

The Northwest Chorale: Handel's Messiah Sing-Along

DEC. 30 7 p.m., St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church, 722 N. 145th St., Shoreline; $15 (206-522-9853 or www.nwchorale.org).

Seattle Symphony: New Year's Eve Concert, Countdown and Celebration

DEC. 31 9 p.m., Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $50-$150 (206-215-4747 or www.seattlesymphony.org).

Compiled by Henry Han

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