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Grace Potter, plays Acoustic Christmas at Baltimore soundstage Dec. 18th


A Very Special Christmas. Contemporary Christian musician Michael W. Smith is joined by the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra for a holiday concert. 7:30 p.m., Dec. 9, the Patricia and Arthur Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave., (410) 685-5086, lyricoperahouse.com, $19.50-$71.50.

Christmas Present. Jennifer Blades will be performing her cabaret, Christmas Present, with James Harp for two nights. Dec. 14-15, 7:30 p.m., Germano’s Trattoria, 300 S. High St., (410) 752-4515, germanostrattoria.com, $10 cover, $20 food/drink minimum.

18th Annual Messiah Sing-Along. Don’t miss the 18th annual Messiah Sing-Along at the Weinberg Performing Arts Center. 7 p.m., Dec. 20, Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick, (301) 600-2828, weinbergcenter.org, $10-18.

27th Annual Reunion Winter Solstice Concert. Ken Kolodner (hammered dulcimer, fiddle, hammered mbira), Chris Norman (wooden flutes, tin whistle, small pipes, piano, vocals), and Robin Bullock (guitar, cittern, mandolin, piano) play seasonal music from Ireland, Scotland, Appalachia, Canada, Europe, Africa, and the Far East. 3:30 p.m., and 8 p.m., Dec. 22, Kraushaar Auditorium, Goucher College, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson, (410) 337-6333, $28, groups of 15 or more $22, groups of 30 or more $20.

A Celebration of Winter Solstice and the Holiday Season. Vocalist Sue Matthews is accompanied by jazz pianist Stef Scaggiari for a show of Irish songs and holiday favorites. 7:30 p.m., Dec. 21, Germano’s Trattoria, 300 S. High St., (410) 752-4515, germanostrattoria.com, $20.

A Celtic Christmas with Laura Byrne, Pat Egan, and Jim Eagan. Celebrate Christmas with baroque music played on acoustic guitar, mandolin, cittern, hammered dulcimer, and fiddle. 8 p.m., Dec. 6, Baldwin’s Station, 7618 Main St., Sykesville, (410) 795-1041, baldwinsstation.com, $18.

A Celtic Holiday Extravaganza. Your holiday favorites are given a bit of Irish flavor, courtesy of Maggie Sansone, Paul Oorts, Karen Ashbrook, Seth Kibel, Matt Bell, and Andrea Hoag. 8 p.m., Dec. 14, the Cellar Stage, Faith Community United Methodist Church of Hamilton, 5315 Harford Road, (410) 521-9099, uptownconcerts.com, $24.

A Peter White Christmas with Peter White, Mindi Abair, and Rick Braun. Celebrate Christmas with smooth jazz. 7:30 p.m., Dec. 6, Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Va., (703) 549-7500, birchmere.com, $49.50.

Acoustic Christmas. Grace Potter, Andy Grammer, Tristan Prettyman, and Mike Ruoco pick up an acoustic guitar to play holiday songs. Presented by MIX 106.5. 7 p.m., Dec. 18, Baltimore Soundstage, 124 Market Place, (410) 244-0057, baltimoresoundstage.com, $35.

An Annapolis Christmas. Support your favorite local artists as they perform both original and classic holiday songs at a show inspired by a popular holiday album, An Annapolis Christmas. All proceeds go toward the Annapolis Musicians Fund for Musicians, Inc. Dec. 10-11, 7 p.m., Rams Head On Stage, 33 West St., Annapolis, (410) 268-4545, ramsheadtavern.com, $30.

An Intimate Holiday Evening with Raul Malo with Seth Walker. Raul Malo plays his Latin-infused vintage rock and roll acoustically in a show geared towards the holidays. 7:30 p.m., Dec. 9, Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Va.,(703) 549-7500, birchmere.com, $29.50.

An Intimate Holiday Evening with Raul Malo with Seth Walker. Raul Malo plays a show geared towards the holidays. 8 p.m., Dec. 12, Rams Head On Stage, 33 West St., Annapolis, (410) 268-4545, ramsheadtavern.com, $39.50, 129.50 for upgrade including dinner, unlimited drinks, and more).

Baltimore Bass Connection Xmas Party. Dance yourself clean with live sets by Spank Rock, the Death Set, Le1f, Big Mouth, and Braider, and DJ sets by Chris Devlin, Ron Darko, Roofeeo, Musa, Hoff, Honor Titus and Money Honore, and Adam Gonzo. 8 p.m., Dec. 23, the Ottobar, 2549 N. Howard St., (410) 662-0069, theottobar.com, $15.

The Baltimore Mandolin Orchestra Holiday Concert. The Baltimore Mandolin Orchestra will present a holiday concert and reception with seasonal treats for everyone, featuring Christmas songs and traditional mandolin pieces. Guest classical mandolinist David Evans will play a mandolin solo, and soprano Beatrice Gilbert will join the orchestra for a few numbers. 3:30 p.m., Dec. 9, Cylburn Arboretum, 4915 Greenspring Ave., (410) 367-2217, $20, free for children 10 and younger.

Baltimore Philharmonia Orchestra Holiday Concerts. Celebrate the holiday season with a concert featuring pieces by Tchaikovsky, Saint-Saens, Falla, and Marques. 3 p.m., Dec. 9, St. Anthony of Padua Church, 4414 Frankford Ave., baltimorephilharmonia.org, free.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s Wild and Swingin’ Holiday Party. Music veteran hepcats Big Bad Voodoo Daddy perform big-band versions of Christmas classics along with some original ones. 7:30 p.m., Dec. 11, Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Va., (703) 549-7500, birchmere.com, $35.

BSO Holiday Pops. A full chorus, orchestra, and guest vocalists perform holiday classics from Tchaikovsky, John Williams, and many more. Dec. 14-16, Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m., Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., (410) 783-8000, bsomusic.org, $17.50-$80.

Cabaret of Cheer. Composer, vocalist, and musician Todd Harrison Twining presents a holiday cabaret. 7:30 p.m., Dec. 16, Germano’s Trattoria, 300 S. High St., (410) 752-4515, germanostrattoria.com, $15.

Carbon Leaf Holiday Show. The veteran Virginia rock band performs. Dec. 18-19, 8 p.m., Rams Head On Stage, 33 West St., Annapolis, (410) 268-4545, ramsheadtavern.com, $29.50.

Carolers on the Court. The a cappella caroling ensemble Joyous Voices will spread cheer with their repertoire of traditional Christmas melodies ranging from Medieval, Victorian, and popular favorites. 1-4 p.m., Dec. 9, Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St., (410) 547-9000, thewalters.org, free.

Caroling Choirs. Local caroling choirs provide the holiday soundtrack in Waverly. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Dec. 8, Waverly Main Street, 32nd Street and Greenmount Avenue, waverlymainstreet.net, free.

Celebration of Christmas. Live Arts Maryland presents a show with all the holiday staples. 7:30 p.m, Dec. 6; 8 p.m., Dec. 7, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis, (410) 263-5544, marylandhall.org, $37-$40, students $15.

Celestial Sounds of Peace. Celebrate the 2012 Winter Solstice with a symphony of Tibetan and quartz crystal singing bowls. Facilitated by Sound Healers and Reiki Masters, Andrea Wenger, and Patricia Norton. 7:30 p.m., Dec. 21, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 811 Cathedral St., (410) 685-1130, emmanueldowntown.org, $10-$25.

Central Maryland Chorale Presents The Messiah Sing-along. Artistic Director Monica Otal leads the Central Maryland Chorale as they present their annual sing-along of Handel’s classic composition. 3 p.m., Dec. 9, Lutheran Church of St. Andrew, 15300 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring, (301) 384-4450, centralmarylandchorale.com, $10.

Central Maryland Chorale. The Central Maryland Chorale presents a concert featuring Saint-Saens’ Christmas Oratorio (sung in English) and Conrad Susa’s Carols and Lullibies: Christmas in the Southwest (sung in Spanish). 7:30 p.m., Dec. 15, Lutheran Church of St. Andrew, 15300 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring, (301) 384-4450, centralmarylandchorale.com, $15, students and seniors $10.

Choral Evensong and William Wismon. Come to St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church for Choral Evensong with St. Bartholomew’s choir. At 5:15 p.m., organist William Wismon performs a recital featuring the seasonal music of Marcel Dupre, J.S. Bach, and Olivier Messiaen. 4:30 p.m., Dec. 9, St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, 4711 Edmondson Ave., (410) 945-7263, stbartholomew.ang-md.org, free.

Christmas at Central Presbyterian. Two performances featuring arrangements by Central’s Chancel Choir, Organ, Bell Choir, and Orchestra will accompany the reading of the Christmas story. 7:30 p.m., Dec. 14; 3 p.m., Dec. 16, Central Presbyterian Church, 7308 York Road, Towson, (410) 823-6145, centralpc.org, free.

Christmas at St. Louis. Presented by the St. Louis Church Concert Series, Respighi’s “Lauda per la Nativite del Signore” and various songs of the season will be performed. 4 p.m., Dec. 16, St. Louis Parish, 12500 Clarksville Pike, Clarksville, (410) 531-6040, stlouisparish.org, free.

Christmas Present. Jennifer Blades and James Harp perform songs that remind us of the gifts the holiday gives us. Dec. 14-15, 7:30 p.m., Germano’s Trattoria, 300 S. High St., (410) 752-4515, germanostrattoria.com, $10 cover, $20 food/drink minimum.

Christmas Spectacular! The Matrix Brass Quintet plays Christmas carols and traditional pieces. 7:30 p.m., Dec. 7, Carroll Arts Center, 91 W. Main St., Westminster, (410) 848-7272, carr.org/arts, $20, seniors and students $10.

Columbia Pro Cantare Chamber Singers. The group performs “A Christmas Noel,” a concert of holiday songs from the Renaissance to the present. 3 p.m., Dec. 9, Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia, (410) 381-9365, procantare.org, $17.

Concert of Classic Christmas Carols. The Choirs of Old St. Paul’s Episcopal Church will perform works by Rutter, Victoria, and Vaughn Williams. 5 p.m., Dec. 16, Old St. Paul’s Church, Charles and Saratoga streets, (410) 685-3404, oldstpauls.ang-md.org, free.

Fresh FM Holiday Show Presents Gavin DeGraw with The All-American Rejects. In Fresh FM’s first Acoustic Christmas show, piano rocker Gavin Degraw and pop-punkers the All-American Rejects will play acoustic sets, in which some Christmas songs are bound to be covered. 8 p.m., Dec. 9, the Fillmore Silver Spring, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, (301) 960-9999, $25.

Grace United Methodist Church’s Christmas Concert. Christmas carols and anthems are sung by the Chancel Choir, Soloists, and the Handbells of Grace. 4 p.m., Dec. 9, Grace United Methodist Church, 5407 N. Charles St., (410) 433-6650, graceunitedmethodist.org, free with offering.

Handel’s Messiah. The BSO celebrates 30 years of Christmas at the Meyerhoff with Handel’s Messiah, featuring an all-star choir performing the Hallelujah Chorus and other joyous pieces. 7:30 p.m., Dec. 7, Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., (410) 783-8000, bsomusic.org, $25-$67.

Holiday Pops Swingin’ Season’s Greetings with Tony DeSare. Come see this holiday show, a blend of seasonal tunes and swing standards, featuring singer, pianist, and songwriter Tony DeSare with the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra. 8 p.m., Dec. 14, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis, (410) 263-5544, marylandhall.org, $45.

Judy Collins Christmas Show. Singer-songwriter Judy Collins performs a Christmas-heavy set. 7:30 p.m., Dec. 12, Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Va., (703) 549-7500, birchmere.com, $55.

Kix-mas. Baltimore hard-rockers Kix are still alive and kicking and ready for their annual Christmas show. Wasabi opens. 9 p.m., Dec. 29, Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place, (410) 244-1131, ramsheadlive.com, $26.

Messiah Cantata 140 “Wachet Auf”. The Harford Choral Society is joined by an orchestra and soloists to perform, featuring works by Handel and Bach. 7:30 p.m., Dec. 15, St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 1200 E. Churchville Road, Bel Air, free.

Movies, Musicals, and Mistletoe: A Holiday Cabaret with Kevin James Logan. Guest stars Steve Antonsen, Malarie Novotny, Robyn Bloom, Samantha Yakaitis, Holly Mooney, Danielle Sherry, and Elizabeth Kanne perform holiday favorites from the stage and screen. 7:30 p.m., Dec. 9, Germano’s Trattoria, 300 S. High St., (410) 752-4515, germanostrattoria.com, $10 cover, $20 food/drink minimum.

National Philharmonic Singers. The National Philharmonic Singers, with harpist Rebecca Smith, will perform a “Ceremony of Carols.” The concert will feature famous carols, including the “Hallelujah Chorus” and Benjamin Britten’s “A Ceremony of Carol.” 3 p.m., Dec. 16, Blackrock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown, (240) 912-1057, blackrockcenter.org, $23 and $25.

Oh Boy! It’s Christmas. Buddy Holly tribute group Oh Boy! plays Christmas songs with a rockabilly twist. 2 p.m., Dec. 9, Carroll Arts Center, 91 W. Main St., Westminster, (410) 848-7272, carr.org/arts, $12, seniors and students $10.

O’Malley’s March. The Governor takes a break from governing to play some Celtic jams with his band. 6:30 p.m., Dec. 27, Rams Head On Stage, 33 West St., Annapolis, (410) 268-4545, ramsheadtavern.com, $25.

Peter White’s Christmas featuring Mindi Abair and Rick Braun. Celebrate Christmas with smooth jazz. 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Dec. 9, Rams Head On Stage, 33 West St., Annapolis, (410) 268-4545, ramsheadtavern.com, $49.50.

Purple Honey Holiday Party. Kier Johnson, leader of Purple Honey, leads a cast of vocalists for this neo-soul-themed holiday party. Krystle Est, Ama Chandra, The Ephiphany People, Marc Avon, Gerald Pringle are among those slated to perform. 8 p.m., Dec. 15, Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave., (410) 276-1651, creativealliance.org, $17, members $12.

The Redd Brothers Christmas Show. The jazz-performing brothers play holiday tunes. 7:30 p.m., Dec. 13, Germano’s Trattoria, 300 S. High St., (410) 752-4515, germanostrattoria.com, $20 cover, $20 food/drink minimum.

Rob Levit Holiday Show. The jazz guitarist performs holiday favorites. 7:30 p.m., Dec. 12, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis, (410) 263-5544, marylandhall.org, $12.

Save Your Soul Holiday Edition. Baby Alcatraz joins host DJs Robert Fearless and King Gilbert to spin soul records all night long. 9 p.m., Dec. 7, the Metro Gallery, 1700 N. Charles St., themetrogallery.net.

Say Yes to Christmas. Anne Ellithorpe and musical director and special guest Rick Jensen perform a night of holiday music. 7:30 p.m., Dec. 22, Germano’s Trattoria, 300 S. High St., (410) 752-4515, germanostrattoria.com, $15 cover, $20 food/drink minimum.

The U.S. Army Field Band: Sound the Bells! The “Musical Ambassadors of the Army” perform a free holiday show. 7:30-9 p.m., Dec. 10, Hippodrome Theatre, 12 N. Eutaw St., (410) 837-7400, armyfieldband.com, free.

Vienna Boys’ Choir and BSA Holiday Photos. See the 500-year-old Vienna Boys’ Choir perform Austrian folk songs, classical pieces, waltzes, and holiday favorites. Stop by the hall early and have your photo taken in front of a special holiday set in the lobby. 7:30 p.m., Dec. 8, Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., (410) 783-8000, bsomusic.org, $25-$60, photos $8.

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