A Charlie Brown Jazz Christmas, Baltimore Philharmonia, Matisyahu Hanukkah Show, and more.
Published: December 4, 2013
30th Annual Merry Tuba Christmas. Come hear over 200 musicians—tuba and euphonium players—perform holiday music. Dec. 7, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Harborplace Amphitheater, Light and Pratt streets, (410) 332-4191, baltimore.to/amphitheater.
A Celtic Christmas with Robin Bullock. The multi-instumentalist performs a Celtic/Appalachian mix on guitar and mandolin. Elke Baker and Ken Kolodner join in for a set of holiday classics. Dec. 6, 8 p.m., the Cellar Stage, 5315 Harford Road, (410) 521-9099, uptownconcerts.com, $25.
A Charlie Brown Christmas. Come watch A Charlie Brown Christmas and listen to the beautiful jazz sounds of the Eric Byrd Trio while you watch. Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m., Blackrock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown, (240) 912-1057, blackrockcenter.org, $25.
A Charlie Brown Jazz Christmas. Come watch the classic Charlie Brown Christmas, accompanied by a live jazz ensemble for the famous score. Dec. 20, 8 p.m., Carroll Arts Center, 91 W. Main St., Westminster, (410) 848-7272, carr.org/arts.
A Very Mobtown Christmas. Baltimore Soundstage presents its special Christmas concert featuring Fatally Yours, Others May Fall, Loving the Lie, Bad Seed Rising, Paradrei, and Aftermath. Dec. 14, 7:30 p.m., Baltimore Soundstage, 124 Market Place, baltimoresoundstage.com, $10-$12.
Afro-Beat Holiday Dance Party. The 12-piece Washington, D.C. band Chopteeth Afrofunk Ensemble gets the dance party started with old-school African jams and their own funky original numbers. Dec. 6, 8 p.m., Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave., (410) 276-1651, creativealliance.org, $15, members and students $10.
An Irish Dancing Christmas. Troupe Irish Mystique will dance to Celtic Christmas music, produced by Daniel Nelson, a champion Irish dancer. The five-person band KELTFISH will also play music that is Celtic-inspired. Dec. 7, 7 p.m., Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick, (301) 600-2828, weinbergcenter.org, $25, students and seniors $20, children younger than 12 $15.
Annapolis Holiday Pops. Come celebrate the holidays and get into the Christmas spirit at this festive concert in which the nationally recognized quintet Five by Design joins Maestro Jose-Luis Novo and the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra on stage. Dec. 20, 8 p.m., Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis, (410) 263-5544, marylandhall.org, $40-$45, students $10.
Annual Messiah SingAlong. G. F. Handel’s holiday music is performed by Frederick Children’s Chorus, orchestra, and soloists as led by conductor Judy DuBose. All are welcome to join in this Frederick tradition. Dec. 23, 8 p.m., Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick, (301) 600-2828, weinbergcenter.org, $20, seniors and students $15, children $10.
Baltimore Philharmonia. Hear a performance of Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2 and Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, and then take part in a singalong of Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus. Dec. 8, 3 p.m., St. Anthony of Padua Church, 4414 Frankford Ave., (410) 319-8778, baltimorephilharmonia.org, suggested donation $10.
Baltimore Philharmonia. Hear a performance of Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2 and Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, and then take part in a sing along of Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus. Dec. 15, 3 p.m., Loch Raven Senior High School, 1212 Cowpens Ave., Towson, (410) 319-8778, baltimorephilharmonia.org, suggested donation $10.
BSM Xmas Charity Jam. Evolver will be rocking this charity event with Carbonstone, Black Angel Down, My Enemy Complete, and others. Proceeds will benefit Saint Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Dec. 20, 7 p.m., Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place, (410) 244-1131, ramsheadlive.com, $15.
Carolers on the Court. A caroling ensemble sets up in the Walters, wearing Victorian garb and singing holiday songs ranging from medieval times to contemporary. Dec. 15, 1-4 p.m., Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St., (410) 547-9000, thewalters.org, free.
Children’s Chorus of Maryland. Enjoy holiday classics, new and old, in the show High Hopes! Dec. 8, 3 p.m., Gordon Center for Performing Arts, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave., Owings Mills, (410) 356-7469, ccmsings.org.
Christmas With Choral Arts. The 30th installment is being led by music director Tom Hall. Some of the classical holiday songs that will be featured are Brahms’ “How Lovely Is Your Dwelling Place” and Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus. Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m., Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5200 N. Charles St., (410) 321-6295, baltimorechoralarts.org, $25-$50.
City College Christmas Choir. The program includes traditional and multicultural carols, as well as gospel songs. Dec. 7, 6 p.m., Memorial Episcopal Church, 1407 Bolton St., (410) 669-0220, free.
Common Ground on the Hill. Walt Michael & Co. perform a wide-ranging show reflecting the musical heritage of the Appalachians. Dec. 7, 8 p.m., Carroll Arts Center, 91 W. Main St., Westminster, (410) 848-7272, carr.org/arts.
CPC Chamber Singers: A Christmas Noel. Accompanied by piano, organ, and percussion, the 28-member group revives Renaissance classics for this holiday special. Dec. 15, 3 p.m., Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia, (410) 799-9321, procantare.org, $15, seniors and students $15.
Handel: Messiah. For the 37th year, Columbia Pro Cantare will perform Handel’s masterpiece. Dec. 8, 8 p.m., Jim Rouse Theatre for the Performing Arts, 5460 Trumpeter Road, Columbia, (410) 799-9321, procantare.org, $23, students and seniors $22.
Harford Choral Society. Dr. William Spencer directs the chorus in a performance of Handel’s Messiah and other seasonal selections. Dec. 21, 7:30 p.m., St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 1200 E. Churchville Road, Bel Air, harfordchoralsociety.org, $20, seniors $15, students $10, under age 13 free.
The 10th and Final BBC/Spank Rock Xmas Party. The sets in the lineup include Spank Rock, Tittsworth, Dope Body, the Death Set, and Ami Dang. The DJ set includes Baby Eagle, DJ Dad Weed, and Adam Gonzo. Dec. 23, 8 p.m., the Ottobar, 2549 N. Howard St., (410) 662-0069, theottobar.com, $25.
Helicon. The folk trio of Chris Norman, Robin Bullock, and Ken Kolodner performs two concerts to mark the winter solstice. Dec. 21, 3:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., Kraushaar Auditorium, Goucher College, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson, (410) 746-8387, kenkolodner.com, $30, advance $26, ages younger than 14 $20.
HFSmas Nutcracker Night 1. The first night of the four-day HFSmas Nutcracker features performances by Panic! at the Disco, hellogoodbye, and the Colorist. Dec. 9, 8 p.m., Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place, (410) 244-1131, ramsheadlive.com, $25.
HFSmas Nutcracker Night 2. Emo-rock greats Jimmy Eat World share a bill with Diamond Youth. Dec. 12, 8 p.m., Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place, (410) 244-1131, ramsheadlive.com, $35.
HFSmas Nutcracker Night 3. Indie rock-ish acts Twenty One Pilots, the 1975, Ms Mr, and NONONO take the stage in night three. Dec. 16, 8 p.m., Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place, (410) 244-1131, ramsheadlive.com, $20.
HFSmas Nutcracker Night 4. Posi-dude rockers Switchfoot closes out the HFSmas Nutcracker with New Politics, Man Man, and Basic Vacation. Dec. 19, 8 p.m., Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place, (410) 244-1131, ramsheadlive.com, $25.
Holiday Cabaret: An Intimate Evening with Tom Goss. Singer-songwriter and guitarist Tom Goss’ lyrics are known to carry a deeper meaning about love and relationships. While touring, he is raising money for a nonprofit that provides services for people experiencing homelessness. Dec. 28, 8 p.m., Spotlighters Theatre, 817 St. Paul St., (410) 752-1225, spotlighters.org, $25.
Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. This musical performance will feature classic Irving Berlin songs like “Blue Skies,” “How Deep Is the Ocean,” and last but not least “White Christmas.” Bring the whole family for this festive show. Dec. 3-8, Hippodrome Theatre, 12 N. Eutaw St., (410) 837-7400, http://france-merrickpac.com, $38.45-$102.50.
Kix Mas. The local hard-rock stalwarts are back yet again for another lively holiday show. So Low opens. Dec. 21, 8 p.m., Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place, (410) 244-1131, ramsheadlive.com, $25.
Latshaw Pops Christmas Memories Show. A holiday-variety performance of singing and dancing. Dec. 4, 1 p.m., Michael’s 8th Avenue, 7220 Greyburn Drive, Glen Burnie, (410) 768-7901, latshawproductions.com, $54.95.
Matisyahu Hanukkah Show. The Jewish rapper brings his fusion of reggae, hip-hop, and rock to a holiday show. Dec. 9, 7 p.m., 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW, Washington, D.C., (202) 265-0930, 930.com, $35.
Messiah SingAlong. Baltimore Choral Arts presents a singalong of Handel’s masterpiece, led by BCA director and WYPR Maryland Morning co-host Tom Hall. Dec. 20, 7:30 p.m., Kraushaar Auditorium, Goucher College, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson, (410) 337-6333, baltimorechoralarts.org, $25.
98 Rock’s Not So Silent Night. With performances by metal groups Asking Alexandria, All That Remains, and Rebel Inc., this is guaranteed to be a nice holiday workout for your eardrums. Dec. 13, 7 p.m., Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place, (410) 244-1131, ramsheadlive.com, $20.
Roots CafÉ Christmas Show. Mark Brine and Alan MacEwen perform a holiday concert. Dec. 8, 5 p.m., An die Musik, 409 N. Charles St., (410) 385-2638, andiemusiklive.com, $9.
Saves the Day Holiday Acoustic Tour. The power-pop group breaks out the acoustic guitars for a special holiday set. They’ll be joined by Walter Schreifels of Quicksand/ Rival Schools and Jon Simmons of Balance and Composure. Dec. 21, 8:30 p.m., the Ottobar, 2549 N. Howard St., (410) 662-0069, theottobar.com, $16.
Soulful Symphony. The show “Soulful Holidays” includes Christmas favorites and a set of African roots music to celebrate Kwanzaa. Dec. 14, 8 p.m., Hippodrome Theatre, 12 N. Eutaw St., (410) 837-7400, france-merrickpac.com.
Sweet Honey in the Rock: Celebrating the Holydays at Maryland Hall. The well-known a cappella group will sing faith-based songs that celebrate the Holydays. The set will feature many holiday songs that have an influence of African-American music. Dec. 8, 7 p.m., Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis, (410) 263-5544, marylandhall.org, $58, $53 for Maryland Hall members.
The Celtic Tenors. One of the best-selling female-pop-vocal groups ever presents “A Celtic Christmas.” Dec. 6, 8 p.m., Maryland Live! Casino, 7002 Arundel Mills Circle, Hanover, (443) 445-2500.
The Living Christmas Tree. Enjoy the holiday concert that features members of an orchestra and choir positioned in a 30-foot platform resembling a Christmas tree. Join in for the live Nativity before the musical performance. Dec. 13-15, Riverdale Baptist Church, 1177 Largo Road, Upper Marlboro, (301) 249-9111, riverdaleministries.org.
Victorian Christmas Music Hall. The Maryland Renaissance Festival put together this event, being held for the second time at Baldwin Hall. Guests are encouraged to dress in period clothing for a show of music, stage acts, and comedy from the Victorian era. Dec. 6, 8 p.m., Baldwin Hall, 4095 St. Augustine Lane, Dundalk, marylandrenaissancefestival.com, $30.