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Ongoing

"PAGEANT OF PEACE" -- Nightly through Dec. 23, local choruses and instrumental ensembles perform at 6, 7 and 8 Mondays through Fridays and at 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 on weekends. Free. On the Ellipse, south of the White House. 202-208-1631.

Dec. 2

GAITHERSBURG COMMUNITY CHORUS -- Dec. 2 at 7 and 8. Free. Festival of Lights, Washington LDS Temple Visitors Center, 9900 Stoneybrook Dr., Kensington. 301-587-0144.

ROBIN ROYS -- harpist, Dec. 2 at 7:30, with dulcimer player Dennis Mack, flutist Sylvia Mack and violinist Evonne Baasch. Donations. Spencerville Seventh-day Adventist Church, 16325 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. 301-384-2920.

CATHOLIC U. CHORUS AND SYMPHONY Orchestra and the Basilica Choir -- Dec. 2 at 7:30, "17th Annual Christmas Concert for Charity." Free; donations encouraged for Save Our Aging Religious. Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Ave. NE. 202-526-8300.

NAVY BAND -- Dec. 2 at 7:30. Free. Robinson Secondary School, 5035 Sideburn Rd., Fairfax. 202-433-2525.

AIR FORCE CONCERT BAND and Singing Sergeants -- Dec. 2 at 7:30, Dec. 3 at 3 and 7:30, and Dec. 4 at 3, "Deck the Festival Halls." Free; tickets required for matinees. DAR Constitution Hall, 18th and D streets NW. 202-767-5658.

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 Shaffra in Handel's "Messiah." $20 to $60. Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. 800-937-8728.

VOCE CHAMBER SINGERS -- Dec. 2 at 8, "Celebrate Christmas." $20, seniors $15, students $7. St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, 432 Van Buren St., Herndon. 703-277-7772.

THE AULOS ENSEMBLE -- Dec. 2 at 8, baroque music for the holidays. The Barns of Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Rd., Vienna. 703-218-6500 or 703-938-2404.

NOVA COMMUNITY CHORUS and NVCC Concert Band -- Dec. 2 at 8, excerpts from Mozart's and Rutter's "Requiems" and Bach's "Magnificat." Free. Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall, Northern Virginia Community College, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. 703-845-6097.

ALEXANDRIA HARMONIZERS -- Dec. 2 at 8 and Dec. 3 at 4 and 8, "Harmony Holidays a Cappella Traditions." $15 to $30. T.C. Williams High School, 3330 King St., Alexandria. 703-922-5992.

AMERICAN U. CHORUS and Symphony Orchestra -- Dec. 2 at 8, Dec. 3 at 8 and Dec. 4 at 3, Haydn's "The Creation." $16, seniors $9, students $5. Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-3634.

Dec. 3

AIR FORCE CONCERT BAND and Singing Sergeants -- See Dec. 2.

ALEXANDRIA HARMONIZERS -- See Dec. 2.

AMERICAN U. CHORUS and Symphony Orchestra -- See Dec. 2.

JAMES DANIELS, Michael J. Girdy & Company and A New Voice Inc. -- Dec. 3 at 10 a.m., "Warm Clothes From Warm Hearts." Donations of new hats, socks and gloves for men, women and children requested. Tally Ho Theatre, 19 W. Market St., Leesburg. 703-904-0359.

CATHY FINK & MARCY MARXER -- Dec. 3 at 11 and 1:30, the 20th anniversary family holiday concerts by the folk duo, with Tappers With Attitude and other guests. Free, but tickets required. AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 301-891-1228.

COLUMBIA ORCHESTRA -- Dec. 3 at 12:30 and 3, "Young People's Concerts" conducted by Jason Love. $12, ages 11 and younger free. Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Rd., Columbia. 410-465-8777.

GAY MEN'S CHORUS OF WASHINGTON -- Dec. 3 at 3 and 8, Dec. 4 at 3, "FabYULEus," music and production numbers from previous holiday shows. $19 to $49. Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. 202-293-1548 or 202-994-6800.

PLEASANT GROVE CHURCH CHOIR -- Dec. 3 at 3:30, leading a community carol-sing. Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church, 8641 Lewinsville Rd., McLean. 703-893-9075.

BARNES & HAMPTON CELTIC CONSORT -- Dec. 3 at 4 and 8, Dec. 4 at 4, Dec. 8 at 7, Dec. 9 at 8 and Dec. 10 at 4 and 8, with guest artists Steve Bloom, Joseph Cunliffe and WETA personality Robert Aubry Davis. The 20th anniversary production of "A Celtic Christmas" by Dumbarton Concerts, with music from Celtic lands as well as readings of seasonal works by Dylan Thomas, Robert Frost and others. $28, students and seniors $24. Dumbarton Church, 3133 Dumbarton St. NW. 202-965-2000.

PIEDMONT COMMUNITY CHOIR -- Dec. 3 at 5 and Dec. 4 at 3, holiday music and a carol singalong. Donations. Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 105 E. Washington St., Middleburg, Va. 540-687-6297.

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

MAGGIE SANSONE & FRIENDS -- Dec. 3 at 7, "A Celtic Holiday Celebration." $18 in advance, $20 at door. St. Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Rd., Rockville. 301-530-1735.

WASHINGTON WOMEN'S CHORUS -- Dec. 3 at 7, seasonal music and readings with the choirs and handbell ensemble of Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart and WETA personality David Faircloth. $20, seniors and students $15. St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 4000 Lorcom Lane, Arlington. 202-244-7367.

SUZUKI FLUTE ENSEMBLE -- Dec. 3 at 7 and 8. Free. Festival of Lights, Washington LDS Temple Visitors Center, 9900 Stoneybrook Dr., Kensington. 301-587-0144.

JOHN EATON & FRIENDS -- Dec. 3 at 7:30, an evening of jazz standards and holiday classics. Carmichael Auditorium, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-357-3030.

CIRCLE SINGERS -- Dec. 3 at 7:30, "O Holy Night," traditional and contemporary holiday music; discussion at 6:30. $20, seniors and students $15, ages 12 and younger free. St. Patrick's Episcopal Church, 4700 Whitehaven Pkwy. NW. 202-882-3537.

D.C. LABOR CHORUS -- Dec. 3 at 7:30, "An Evening of Favorite and Sacred Songs." Free. George Meany Center for Labor Studies, 10000 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. 301-431-5408.

LOUDOUN CHORALE -- Dec. 3 at 7:30, Vivaldi's Gloria in D Major and holiday carols. $10, seniors $8, youth $5, ages 11 and younger free. St. David's Episcopal Church, 19917 Ashburn Rd., Ashburn. 703-729-8972.

MARYLAND CHORAL SOCIETY -- Dec. 3 at 7:30, "Holiday Music." In advance, $15, seniors and students $10, family package $35; at door, $18, $12 and $40. Corkran Memorial United Methodist Church, 5200 Temple Hills Rd., Temple Hills. 301-961-7131.

NATIONAL PHILHARMONIC -- Dec. 3 at 8, conducted by Stan Engebretson in Handel's "Messiah." $25 to $80, ages 17 and younger free. The Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 301-581-5100.

"AZALEAS BLOOM IN WINTER" -- Dec. 3 at 8, a holiday concert featuring Azalea City Recordings performers Karen Collins, Carey Creed and Loretta Kelley. $10. Sangha, 7014 Westmoreland Ave., Takoma Park. 301-891-3214.

VOCE CHAMBER SINGERS -- Dec. 3 at 8, "Celebrate Christmas." $20, seniors $15, students $7. St. Francis Episcopal Church, 9220 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls. 703-277-7772.

SPRINGFIELD CHORALE -- Dec. 3 at 8, "Welcome All Wonders!," with Century Brass and the West Springfield High School Madrigal Singers. $15 in advance, students $13; $5 more at door. St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 5800 Backlick Rd., Springfield. 703-239-2180.

CHESAPEAKE CHORALE -- Dec. 3 at 8, Vivaldi's "Magnificat" and other Christmas music by Rutter, Handel, Tavener and others. $17 to $20. St. Matthew's Methodist Church, 14900 Annapolis Rd., Bowie. 301-249-7689.

THE MARYLAND CHORUS -- Dec. 3 at 8 and Dec. 4 at 3, Edward Maclary conducts the 100-voice chorus in Vivaldi's "Gloria" and other seasonal music. $20, students $7. Dekelboum Concert Hall, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, Route 193 and Stadium Drive, College Park. 301-405-2787.

CAPITOL HILL CHORALE -- Dec. 3 at 8 and Dec. 4 at 4, "Lux Aeterna: A Celebration of Eternal Light." $10 to $20, ages 12 and younger free. Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 212 East Capitol St. NE. 202-547-6839.

Dec. 4

AIR FORCE CONCERT BAND and Singing Sergeants -- See Dec. 2.

AMERICAN U. CHORUS and Symphony Orchestra -- See Dec. 2.

BARNES & HAMPTON CELTIC CONSORT -- See Dec. 3.

CAPITOL HILL CHORALE -- See Dec. 3.

CATHEDRAL CHOIR OF MEN & BOYS, the Choir of Men & Girls and the Cathedral Baroque Orchestra -- See Dec. 2.

THE MARYLAND CHORUS -- See Dec. 3.

ROBIN BULLOCK -- Dec. 4 at 1 and 4, seasonal guitar music from Celtic lands and Appalachia. $22 in advance, $27 at door. BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown. 301-528-2260.

MARYLAND CLASSIC YOUTH Orchestras -- Dec. 4 at 3, chamber strings, young artists and symphony in music by Mozart, Mussorgsky and Tchaikovsky. Dec. 4 at 8, harp ensemble, Philharmonic and Sinfonia in music by Fell, Corelli, Arensky, Beethoven, Verdi and Prokofiev. $15, seniors and students $5. The Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 301-581-5100.

WASHINGTON CONSERVATORY ORCHESTRA -- Dec. 4 at 3, conducted by A. Scott Wood in Von Weber's "Der Freisch" Overture, Von Gluck's "Ballet Suite" and Schubert's Symphony No. 2. Free. Hearst Hall, National Cathedral School, Wisconsin Avenue and Woodley Road NW. 301-320-2770.

WASHINGTON BACH CONSORT -- Dec. 4 at 3, "The Consort Sings Christmas." $35 to $45. National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-429-2270.

PRINCE GEORGE'S CHORAL SOCIETY -- Dec. 4 at 3:30, "A Festival of Christmas" featuring Puccini's "Messa de Gloria." $15, seniors $12. Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 6905 Greenbelt Rd., Greenbelt. 301-336-8539.

"HOLIDAY SING-A-LONG" -- Dec. 4 at 4, the U.S. Marine Band and vocalists from area choruses sing holiday songs with the audience, concluding with a candlelight processional. Free; donations of new, unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots are welcomed. Filene Center, Wolf Trap Park, 1551 Trap Rd., Vienna. 703-255-1900.

CHESAPEAKE CHORALE -- Dec. 4 at 4, a family holiday concert. $8 to $15. Christian Community Presbyterian Church, 3120 Belair Dr., Bowie. 301-249-7689.

CIRCLE SINGERS -- Dec. 4 at 4, "O Holy Night," traditional and contemporary holiday music. $20, seniors and students $15, ages 12 and younger free; discussion at 6:30. St. David's Episcopal Church, 5150 Macomb St. NW. 202-882-3537.

MARYLAND CHORAL SOCIETY -- Dec. 4 at 4, "Holiday Music." In advance, $15, seniors and students $10, family package $35; at door, $18, $12 and $40. North Bethesda United Methodist Church, 10100 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda. 301-961-7131.

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. $25, seniors $20, students and children $15. Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall, Northern Virginia Community College, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. 703-442-9404.

WASHINGTON METROPOLITAN ACCORDION SOCIETY -- Dec. 4 at 4, a holiday concert and a potluck supper. $7, children free. Sleepy Hollow United Methodist Church, 3435 Sleepy Hollow Rd., Falls Church. 703-671-5395.

WASHINGTON WOMEN'S CHORUS -- Dec. 4 at 4, seasonal music and readings with the choirs and handbell ensemble of Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart and WETA personality David Faircloth. $20, seniors and students $15. St. Patrick's Episcopal Church, 4700 Whitehaven Pkwy. NW. 202-244-7367.

MARY JANE BOYNTON -- soprano, with soprano Martha Strickland and pianist Shimajast Edwards, Dec. 4 at 4, "A Season for Music, Joy and Peace." Cleveland Park Congregational Church, 3400 Lowell St. NW. 202-986-4795.

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

WASHINGTON METROPOLITAN PHILHARMONIC -- Dec. 4 at 5, with the NOVA Community Chorus in music by Bach, Saint-Saens, Wagner and Kazik. $10, ages 17 and younger free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 703-799-8229 or 703-845-6097.

ST. LUKE LUTHERAN CHURCH Oratorio Choir, Choristers and Orchestra -- Dec. 4 at 5, "Advent-Christmas Candlelight Concert," including Pergolesi's "Magnificat." Donations benefit Community Life Family Services of Washington and Meals on Wheels of Takoma Park. St. Luke Evangelical Lutheran Church, 9100 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 301-588-4363.

THREE IRISH TENORS -- Dec. 4 at 7, "Christmas From Dublin." $40. Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis. 301-261-1553 or 410-263-5544.

CORAL CANTIGAS -- Dec. 4 at 7 in "Navidad! Carols and Parrandas," featuring holiday music from Latin America with songs from Ladino, African and African American traditions. $20, seniors $18, students $16, ages 12 and younger free. Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church, 6601 Bradley Blvd., Bethesda. 301-424-8296.

MARVIN GOLDSTEIN -- pianist, Dec. 4 and Dec. 5 at 7 and 8. Free. Festival of Lights, Washington LDS Temple Visitors Center, 9900 Stoneybrook Dr., Kensington. 301-587-0144.

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.

Dec. 5

MARVIN GOLDSTEIN -- See Dec. 4.

"MERRY TUBACHRISTMAS!" -- Dec. 5 at 6, the 32nd anniversary holiday concert by a mass ensemble of tuba, sousaphone and euphonium players from throughout the Washington area. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center Grand Foyer, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600 or 800-444-1324 (TDD: 202-416-8524).

TONY KENNY, VICTORIA KENNY & George Casey -- Dec. 5 at 7:30, "Christmas Time in Ireland." $25. Ireland's Own Restaurant & Pub, 111 N. Pitt St., Alexandria. 703-549-4535.

UDC CHORALE, JAZZ ENSEMBLE and The Voices gospel ensemble -- Dec. 5 at 7:30, in a holiday program. Free. University Auditorium, University of D.C., 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-274-5803.

Dec. 6

ARMY BLUES -- Dec. 6 at 6. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center Grand Foyer, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600 or 800-444-1324 (TDD: 202-416-8524).

ANNANDALE JAZZ AMBASSADORS -- Dec. 6 at 6, a holiday dinner dance. $40, couple $75. Sponsored by the Annandale Chamber of Commerce at Ossian Hall, Annandale Fire Station, 7128 Columbia Pike, Annandale. 703-256-7232.

BULLIS CONCERT CHOIR -- Dec. 6 at 7 and 8. Free. Festival of Lights, Washington LDS Temple Visitors Center, 9900 Stoneybrook Dr., Kensington. 301-587-0144.

BALTIMORE CHORAL ARTS SOCIETY -- Dec. 6 at 7:30, a holiday program of classical favorites and carols with guest artist Sweet Honey in the Rock. $20. Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5200 N. Charles St., Baltimore. 410-523-7070 or 800-750-0875.

Dec. 7

KARELIAN FOLD MUSIC ENSEMBLE -- Dec. 7 at 10:30, traditional music from the Russian Republic of Karelia. $5. John Addison Concert Hall, Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. 301-203-6070.

JULIE LEES -- soprano, oboist Mary Ann Reuhling and organist Paul Dewhurst, Dec. 7 at 12:30, music and readings for advent. Free. Grace Episcopal Church, 1607 Grace Church Rd., Silver Spring. 301-587-8046.

THE BIRMINGHAM SUNLIGHTS -- Dec. 7 at 6, holiday music and gospel songs. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center Grand Foyer, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600 or 800-444-1324 (TDD: 202-416-8524).

BETHESDA NAVAL HOSPITAL BAND -- Dec. 7 at 7 and 8. Free. Festival of Lights, Washington LDS Temple Visitors Center, 9900 Stoneybrook Dr., Kensington. 301-587-0144.

TONIC & GIN -- Dec. 7 at 7:30, a cappella songs for the holidays. $10. The Mansion at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 301-581-5100.

Dec. 8

BARNES & HAMPTON CELTIC CONSORT -- See Dec. 3.

BOWIE SENIOR CHORALE -- Dec. 8 at 11 at Bowie Senior Center, 14900 Health Center Dr., Bowie. 301-809-2300.

NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA -- Dec. 8 at 7, Dec. 9-10 at 8, Dec. 11 at 7. Marvin Hamlisch conducts a "Happy Holidays!" pops program. Kennedy Center Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600 or 800-444-1324 (TDD: 202-416-8524).

ALTE KAMERADEN BAVARIAN BAND and the Saengerbund German Language Chorus -- Dec. 8 at 7 and 8. Free. Festival of Lights, Washington LDS Temple Visitors Center, 9900 Stoneybrook Dr., Kensington. 301-587-0144.

BONNIE RIDEOUT -- Dec. 8 at 7:30, holiday music by the Scottish fiddle champion and guest dancers and musicians. $25 to $75. Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., Baltimore. 410-783-8000 or 800-442-1198.

"SANTA JAM 9" -- Dec. 8 at 8, with the Nighthawks, the Mary Ann Redmond Band, the Tommy Lepson Band, Radio Mosaic, Linwood Taylor, Mary Shaver and Perry, Polman & Gamble. A benefit for Northern Virginia family and homeless shelters. Admission at the door is one new, unwrapped toy or $10. State Theatre, 220 N. Washington St., Falls Church. 703-237-0300.

GONZAGA COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL and Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School choral groups -- Dec. 8 at 8. Free. Gonzaga High School, 19 I St. NW. 202-336-7143.

ANNAPOLIS CHORALE -- Dec. 8 at 7:30 and Dec. 9 at 8, "A Celebration of Christmas" with Chamber Orchestra and Youth Chorus. $35. Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis. 410-263-1906.