The Brothers Four: The famous, Seattle-basedfolk revival group plays a holiday concert, 7:30 p.m., Dec. 17, North Shore Performing Arts Center, 18125 92nd Ave. NE, Bothell. Tickets are $30 for adults, $25 for seniors and $15 for youth. Buy them at www.npacf.org or 425-984-2471.
Beth Whitney At The Tim Noah Thumbnail Theater: Beth Whitney and friends perform award-winning originals and Christmas gems. She's a local singer-songwriter making a dent in the indie folk with contagious melodies and milky sweet vocals. Aaron Fishburn will join her on the upright bass along with other special guests; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 22 at Thumbnail Theater, 1211 Fourth St., Snohomish. Tickets are $10 adults or $5 students/seniors at the door. Call 360-568-9412.
“Christmas Concerts”: A series of Christmas concerts is wrapping up at Trinity Lutheran Church, 6215 196th St. SW, Lynnwood. For more information about these concerts call 425-778-2159 or go to www.trinitylutheranchurch.com.
Northwest BoyChoir Lessons and Carols: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17; reserved seating; $24 adults, $19 seniors, $14 students. Call 206-524-3234 or go to www.nwchoirs.org.
Second Day of Christmas Concert: Tim Pizzichemi, cello and Sarah Pizzichemi, violin; 7 p.m. Dec. 27. Admission is free.
“I'll be Home for Christmas”: Whidbey Island's finest vocal ensembles, the WICA Conservatory Choir and GLEE! Club, invite you to celebrate the spectacle of the season with favorite carols and holiday classics such as “Jingle Bells,” “Sleigh Ride,” “We Need a Little Christmas,” “White Christmas” and “I'll Be Home for Christmas”; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18, Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, 565 Camano Ave., Langley. Tickets range from $12 to $16. Call 360-221- 8268 or 800-638-7631 or www.WICAonline.com.
“Nativity”: The Cantable of Skagit Valley presents a celebration of the nativity featuring “Lauda per la Nativita del Signore” by Ottorino Respighi, for soloists, chorus and instrumental ensemble. Our concert explores this singluar event as commemorated by composers past and present to bring you a fresh look at “the reason for the season”; 4 p.m. Dec. 18, Salem Lutheran Church, 2529 LaVenture Road, Mount Vernon. Donations accepted at the door; http://www.cantabileofskagitvalley.org/index.html.
Seattle Symphony: Benaroya Hall's Taper auditorium, 200 University St., Seattle; 206-215-4747; www.seattlesymphony.org.
“Handel's Messiah”: Jean-Marie Zeitouni, conductor, Nathalie Paulin, soprano and Seattle Symphony Chorale present this perennial favorite featuring exquisite choral writing and the exultant “Hallelujah” chorus; 8 p.m. Dec. 16, 1 and 8 p.m. Dec. 17 and 2 p.m. Dec. 18. Tickets start at $20.
“Go Tell It on the Mountain: The Blind Boys of Alabama Christmas Show”: The Blind Boys bring their uplifting music and Grammy–winning Christmas show; 7:30 Dec. 20. Tickets start at $20.
“A Festival of Lessons & Carols”: Joseph Crnko, conductor, Northwest Boychoir, Vocalpoint! Seattle and members of Northwest Sinfonia bring this annual story of the Nativity told through readings, choral settings and audience carols; 7:30 Dec. 21. Tickets start at $20.
Beethoven's “Ninth Symphony”: Gerard Schwarz, conductor, Christine Goerke, soprano and Seattle Symphony Chorale present Humperdinck”s “Prelude” and “Three Excerpts from Hansel and Gretel” and Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125, “Choral”; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 28 and 29 and 8 p.m. Dec. 30. Tickets start at $25.
New Year's Eve: Concert, Countdown & Celebration!: Welcome 2012 with Beethoven's mighty “Ninth Symphony” -- featuring “Ode to Joy” finale. Then, hail the New Year with a post-concert countdown and celebration; 9 p.m. Dec. 31. Tickets start at $50.
“Christmas Oratorio”: The Christmas Oratorio, also known as “Germany's Messiah,” is performed in six parts and Orchestra Seattle/Seattle Chamber Singers will perform it in its entirety; 3 p.m. Dec. 18, First Free Methodist Church; 3200 Third Ave. W, Seattle. Tickets are $20, $18, $10 and youth ages 7 to 17 free. Call Brown Paper Tickets 800-838-3006, online at www.brownpapertickets.com or www.osscs.org.
Annual Concert of Sacred Music by Duke Ellington: For the past 22 years, Earshot Jazz has presented an annual concert of Ellington's sacred music. The concert features the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, guest vocalists Everett Greene, Nichol Eskridge, the Northwest Chamber Chorus and special guest tap-dancer Alex Dugdale; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 26, Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle. Tickets are $15 to $34. Go online at www.earshot.org/Events/sacred.html.
The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council is looking for local and regional bands to perform at the 2012 Summer Concerts in the Park and the Shoreline Arts Festival. Summer concerts are held at 7 p.m. Wednesday evenings at community parks in July and August. The Shoreline Arts Festival is held June 23 and 24 at the Shoreline Center. All events are outdoors under a covered stage for performers. Send promotional material and music samples to: Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council, Attn: 2012 Concerts, 18560-1st Ave. NE, Shoreline, WA 98155. Deadline is Jan.13, 2012.
Northwest Scottish Fiddlers: Meetings at 1 p.m. second Sundays, in Edmonds and Mukilteo; open to teens and adults; $25 annual membership fee; 425-670-9084; www.NWScottishfiddlers.org.
Public music opportunities: 6 to 8 p.m. Sundays, Leatherheads Pub & Eatery, 10209 270th St. NW, Stanwood; one- or two-person groups, playing acoustic instruments only; call 360-348-3361 for details and to reserve times; www.leatherheadspub.com.
Recorder music sessions: 10:30 a.m. to noon first and third Saturdays, Everett Senior Activity Center, 3025 Lombard Ave., Everett; easy medieval, Renaissance and baroque pieces; free; for ages 50 and up; must provide own instrument and be able to sight-read; join anytime; 425-257-8780.
The Sound Singers: 1 p.m. practices, Edmonds Senior Center, 220 Railroad Ave.; new members welcome; 425-774-5555; www.soundsingersofedmonds.org.
Snohomish County Windjammers men's barbershop chorus: 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Christ The King Lutheran Church, 1305 Pine Ave., Snohomish; open to ages 16 and older; 425-259-2383; email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Voices Northwest: 7 p.m. Mondays, Trinity Episcopal Church, 2301 Hoyt Ave., Everett; open to women 16 and older; 360-794-4426; email email@example.com.
Washington Old Time Fiddlers Association: Jams are second and fourth Fridays: Celtic group, 5 p.m., workshop, 6 p.m. Circle jam, 7 p.m. Monthly meeting third Sunday, 12:30 to 5 p.m. jam followed by a potluck. Acoustic instruments welcome; a few loaners available; free; Sisco Heights Community Club, 13527 99th Ave. NE, Arlington; 360-691-5907, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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