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CATHEDRAL CHOIR OF MEN & BOYS, the Choir of Men & Girls and the Cathedral Baroque Orchestra -- Dec. 2 at 7:30 and Dec. 4 at 4, conducted by Michael McCarthy with soprano Amanda Balestrieri, alto Carrie Stevens, tenor Rufus Muller and bass James Shaffran. $20 to $60. Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. 800-937-8728.

METROPOLITAN CHORUS -- Dec. 3 at 5. Barry Hemphill conducts the chorus in a "Messiah" singalong. Scores available for sale or rental. Free; donations of nonperishable food encouraged. First Presbyterian Church of Arlington, 601 N. Vermont St., Arlington. 703-933-2500.

RESTON CHORALE -- Dec. 3 at 6 and 8, "A Seasonal Celebration," with the Reston Chorale Orchestra in a program including excerpts from "Messiah." $20, seniors and youth $15. Reston Community Center, 2310 Colt's Neck Rd., Reston. 703-476-1111 or 703-834-0079.

NATIONAL PHILHARMONIC -- Dec. 3 at 8, conducted by Stan Engebretson in Handel's "Messiah" with soprano Ilana Davidson, mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Bishop, tenor Israel Lozano and bass Kevin Deas. $25 to $80, ages 17 and younger free. The Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 301-581-5100.

NIH COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA -- Dec. 4 at 3, the chorus hosts its ninth annual "Messiah" singalong. $10, students and seniors $5, ages 11 and younger free. Figge Theater, Georgetown Preparatory School, 10900 Rockville Pike, Bethesda. 301-442-4812.

FORT WASHINGTON COMMUNITY CHORUS -- Dec. 4 at 4, Barry S. Hemphill conducts the chorus at a "Messiah" singalong. Donations encouraged for the St. Barnabas Food Pantry. St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 5203 St. Barnabas Rd., Temple Hills. 301-933-2500.

NEW DOMINION CHORALE -- Dec. 4 at 4, "Gloria! Gloria!," with soprano Amanda Gosler and tenor Jose Sacin in excerpts from Handel's "Messiah" and Puccini's "Messa di Gloria," and other holiday music. Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall, Northern Virginia Community College, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. 703-442-9404.

CHANDOS ORCHESTRA -- Dec. 4 at 4, a "Messiah" singalong with soprano Elizabeth Lawrence, alto Mary Catherine Moroney, tenor Travis Wanner and bass Jason Stearns. Free. Fairlington United Methodist Church, 3900 King St., Alexandria. 703-671-4057.

METROPOLITAN A.M.E. CATHEDRAL CHOIR -- Dec. 4 at 5, with the Festival Orchestra of Washington and organist Lester S. Green. Free. Metropolitan A.M.E. Church, 1518 M St. NW. 202-331-1426.

CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF Latter-day Saints Choir and Orchestra -- Dec. 4 at 6, conducted by Dana Rothlisberger at a "Messiah" singalong. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 4100 St. John's Lane, Ellicott City. 240-475-8768.

COLUMBIA PRO CANTARE -- Dec. 4 at 7:30, Parts 2 and 3 of Handel's "Messiah." $23, seniors and students $20 in advance; $2 more at door. Rouse Theatre, Wilde Lake High School, 5460 Trumpeter Rd., Columbia. 301-854-0107 or 410-799-9321.

ST. PETER'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH Choir -- Dec. 4 at 7:30, with orchestra and soloists at a "Messiah" singalong. Donations. St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 4250 N. Glebe Rd., Arlington. 703-536-6606.

BALTIMORE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA -- Dec. 10 at 7:30 and Dec. 11 at 3, conducted by Edward Polochick with Concert Artists of the Baltimore Symphonic Chorale in Handel's "Messiah." Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., Baltimore. 410-783-8000 or 800-442-1198.

A SOULFUL SYMPHONY -- Dec. 10 at 8, conducted by Darin Atwater in Duke Ellington's interpretation of Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker Suite" and Handel's "Messiah." $18 to $55. The Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 877-276-1444 or 301-581-5100.

SHILOH BAPTIST CHURCH Senior Choir and Asbury United Methodist Church choirs -- Dec. 11 at 5, excerpts from "The Messiah" with soprano Kishna Davis, mezzo-soprano Andrea Duplechain, Rodrick Dixon and bass Alex Adlsabeck. Shiloh Baptist Church, 1500 Ninth St. NW. 202-232-4288.

ST. LUKE ORCHESTRA -- Dec. 14 at 7:30, Cheryl Branham conducts the orchestra and soloists at a "Messiah" singalong. Donations. St. Luke Catholic Church, 7001 Georgetown Pike, McLean. 703-356-0670.

NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA -- Dec. 15 at 7, Dec. 16 at 8, Dec. 17 at 8 and Dec. 18 at 1, conducted by Emil de Cou with soprano Amel Brahim-Djelloul, counter-tenor Xavier Sabata, tenor Andrew Tortise, bass Curtis Streetman and the Washington Chorus in Handel's "Messiah." Kennedy Center Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600 or 800-444-1324 (TDD: 202-416-8524).

ANNAPOLIS CHORALE AND CHAMBER ORCHESTRA -- Dec. 16 at 8 and Dec. 18 at 3, Handel's "Messiah" (matinee followed by family carol-sing). $28, students $12. St. Anne's Episcopal Church, 199 Duke of Gloucester St., Annapolis. 410-263-1906.

STERLING UNITED METHODIST Church Choir -- Dec. 18 at 2:30, Handel's "Messiah" Part 1. Sterling United Methodist Church, 304 E. Church St., Sterling. 703-430-6455.

UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST of Seneca Valley choirs and soloists -- Dec. 18 at 7:30, in a holiday concert including excerpts from "The Messiah." 13421 Clopper Rd., Germantown. 301-540-3449.

MESSIAH SINGALONG -- Dec. 23 at 8, conducted by Barry S. Hemphill with the Opera House Orchestra, members of the Metropolitan Chorus, the Heritage Signature Chorale and the Fort Washington Community Chorus, and other guest artists. Free, but tickets required (tickets distributed Dec. 10 in the Hall of Nations). Kennedy Center Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600 or 800-444-1324 (TDD: 202-416-8524).