Editors' pick

National Symphony Orchestra

Under the baton of conductor Nicholas McGegan, the NSO performs Handel's "Messiah" with The Washington Chorus and several soloists including, soprano Sherezade Panthaki and countertenor Jay Carter. At the Concert Hall.
7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18
8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Dec. 19-20
1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21