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December 4 at 5:30 PM and 6:45 PM
Willard InterContinental Hotel, Washington, DC

Carmina & Illuminare
Holiday Lobbying at the Willard

Join both ensembles for a 45-minute program of seasonal early music. Seating is limited and will be available only on a first-come, first-served basis. There is ample standing room.

For more information, call (703) 532-9356.

December 5, 6, 11, 12, and 13
Lisner Auditorium, Washington, DC

The Washington Revels with Piffaro
The Christmas Revels

For our 27th Christmas Revels in Washington, D.C., we travel to Renaissance Italy to visit the workshop of Leonardo da Vinci. It is the end of the 15th century, an age of new exploration of man's relationship to nature, an intoxicating elevation of the human imagination. We celebrate the age and Leonardo with glorious music, rousing dance, a Roman Saturnalia, and much more! Special guests include the world-renowned early music ensemble Piffaro, The Renaissance Band.

For more information, call (202) 994-6800.

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December 5 at 8:00 PM
St. Mary Mother of God, Washington, DC

Chantry with Modern Musick
Music for Sinter Klaas
Celebrating the Haydn Anniversary

Medieval conductus and Renaissance motets for St. Nicholas
Haydn Symphony No. 45, “Farewell”
Haydn Missa Sancti Nicolai

With soloists Esther Brazil, soprano; John Bradford Bohl, countertenor; Adam Hall, tenor; and James Shaffran, bass

For more information, call (202) 625-2855.

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December 6 at 3:00 PM
The Falls Church, Falls Church, Virginia

The Ron Freeman Chorale
Noe, Noe, Psallite Noe

Our first concert of the season, Noe, Noe, Psallite Noe (“Noel, Noel, Sing Noel”), consists of a parody mass and sacred motets from French, Italian, and German composers (view concert flyer).

Some selections will be performed by the entire Chorale and feature soloists and small groups. Other selections are composed for double choir and will be performed in an antiphonal setting.

Missa Noe, Noe – Jacques Arcadelt
Hodie Christus Natus Est – Louis-Nicolas Clérambault
Beata Es, Virgo Maria – Giovanni Gabrieli
O Magnum Mysterium – Giovanni Gabrieli
Hodie Nobis Coelorum Rex – Jacobus Gallus
Regam Natum – Jacobus Gallus
Hodie Christus Natus Est – Luca Marenzio
Noe, Noe, Noe, Psallite Noe – Jean Mouton
In Dulci Jubilo – Michael Praetorius
O Magnum Mysterium – Alessandro Scarlatti
In Dulci Jubilo – Samuel Scheidt

For more information, call 703-750-1408.

December 6 at 7:00 PM at the Church of the Epiphany, Herndon, Virginia
December 12 at 8:00 PM at Our Savior’s Way Lutheran Church, Ashburn, Virginia
December 13 at 7:00 PM at the Franklin Park Performing and Visual Arts Center, Purcellville, Virginia

Master Singers of Virginia
Christmas: From Chant to Carol
Christmas music based on Gregorian chant and plainsong

This exciting Master Singers performance begins with early chants from John Dunstable and Tomás Luis de Victoria. Following the 15th and 16th-century compositions, the ensemble performs pieces influenced by such chants, including “Quatre Motets” by Maurice Duruflé, two works by Arvo Pärt and Morten Lauridsen’s unforgettable “O Magnum Mysterium.” The concert concludes with breathtaking arrangements of traditional favorites such as “Coventry Carol,” “We Three Kings,” “Let All Mortal Flesh,” “Angels We Have Heard on High,” and “Silent Night.”

For more information, call (703) 655-7809.

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December 9 at 5:30 PM and 6:45 PM
Willard InterContinental Hotel, Washington, DC

Musica Oriana
Holiday Lobbying at the Willard

December 10 at 7:30 PM
December 11 at 7:30 PM
Leith Symington Griswold Hall, Peabody Institute, Baltimore, Maryland

Peabody Renaissance Ensemble
Cristo e Nato: An Italian Christmas

For more information, call (410) 234-4800.

December 11-20
Elizabethan Theatre, Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC

Folger Consort
With Cantate Chamber Singers and an ensemble of brass, wind, strings, and organ

In Dulci Jubilo: A German Christmas

The Consort celebrates the holidays in the Elizabethan Theatre with the festive music of Michael Praetorius, the most prolific German composer of the early 17th century. The son of a Lutheran minister, he more than anyone else was responsible for combining the wonderful north German Lutheran chorale tradition with the new Italian developments of the Baroque. In 1610, the last volume of his collection of over 1000 Lutheran chorale settings, Musae Zioniae, was published. The Consort performs some of the great Christmas favorites from this collection, including In Dulci Jubilo, Es ist ein Rose, and Puer Natus Est.

For more information, call (202) 675-0379.

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December 16 at 7:30 PM
Terrace Theater, The Kennedy Center, Washington, DC

The Waverly Consort
The Christmas Story

The Waverly Consort’s eight singers and five instrumentalists recount the events of Christmas with the timeless spirit of medieval church dramas.

For more information, call (800) 444-1324.

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December 19 at 7:00 PM at Pope John Paul II Cultural Center, Washington, DC
December 20 at 3:00 PM at Our Lady of the Angels, Catonsville, Maryland

The Suspicious Cheese Lords
Christmas Concert

For more information, call (877) 278-5973.

December 20 at 3:00 PM
National Presbyterian Church, Washington, DC

The Washington Bach Consort
An International Christmas

Building on the success of last season's An International Christmas, we are pleased to continue this festive tradition, showcasing the virtuoso talents of our outstanding singers as well as the brilliant keyboard skills of organist Edward Moore on one of Washington’s most magnificent pipe organs. This holiday performance also features harpist Caroline Gregg in Benjamin Britten’s colorful Ceremony of Carols, a classic holiday favorite sure to delight young and old. Join us on a musical journey highlighting holiday repertoire from around the world including premieres of new works by modern composers and, of course, the music of Bach.

For more information, call (202) 429-2121.

December 20 at 6:30 PM
Concerts at the National Gallery of Art (West Building Main Floor, West Garden Court), Washington, DC

National Gallery of Art Vocal Arts Ensemble
Christmas Concert: Bach Cantatas for the Season

Rosa Lamoreaux, Barbara Hollinshead, Robert Petillo, and Peter Becker, with instrumentalists Risa Browder, Leslie Nero, Annie Loud, John Moran, Colin St. Martin, and Geoffrey Burgess.

For more information, call (202) 842-6941.

December 21 at 7:30 PM
Baltimore Basilica, Baltimore, Maryland

Baltimore Consort
Bright Day Star

For more information, call (410) 385-2638.

December 30 at 5:30 PM and 6:45 PM
Willard InterContinental Hotel, Washington, DC

The Suspicious Cheese Lords
Holiday Lobbying at the Willard

For more information, call (877) 278-5973.

December 31 at 7:00 PM, 8:30 PM, and 10:00 PM
First Night Alexandria, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Alexandria, Virginia


Bundle up and ring in the New Year with the sounds of days gone by.

For more information, call (703) 746-3299.

Coming This Month
The Baltimore Consort

Cantate Chamber Singers



The Folger Consort


Master Singers of Virginia

Modern Musick

Musica Oriana

National Gallery of Art Vocal Arts Ensemble

National Philharmonic

Peabody Renaissance Ensemble


The Ron Freeman Chorale

The Suspicious Cheese Lords

The Washington Revels

The Washington Bach Consort

The Waverly Consort