From high jinks to the Hallelujah Chorus, here are a half-dozen classical-music concerts to fill you with the spirit of the holidays.
December’s music calendar is stuffed like a Christmas stocking with classical concerts that span the sublime and the uproarious. From the voices of children to those of seasoned professionals, from high jinks to the Hallelujah Chorus, here are a half-dozen tempting choices to fill you with the spirit of the holidays.
Choral Arts Northwest, “Christmas with Choral Arts Northwest”: Unique on the holiday calendar, this acclaimed chorus’ hourlong musical meditation flows (with elegant transitions) from one beautiful piece to the next, with Robert Bode conducting and the support of guitarist Robert McCaffery-Lent.
8 p.m. Dec. 8, Plymouth Congregational Church; 8 p.m. Dec. 9, Tacoma First Presbyterian Church; $24-$28, students and youth free, 971-246-7258 (message only), www.choralartsnw.org
Pacific MusicWorks, “Light in the Darkness: Bach Cantatas for Advent”: These early-music specialists give an authentic period interpretation of four great Bach Cantatas for Advent, heralding the impending Christmas, with soloists and baroque orchestra under the direction of Stephen Stubbs.
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7:30 p.m. Dec. 8, Trinity Lutheran Church of Lynnwood; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9, Emmanuel Episcopal Church of Mercer Island; 2 p.m. Dec. 10, St. Mark’s Cathedral in Seattle; $20-$45, youth free with paying adult, www.pacificmusicworks.org
Northwest Boychoir, “A Festival of Lessons and Carols”: The 39th annual presentation of this classic program of readings and carols (modeled after the famous Christmas Eve observance at King’s College of Cambridge, England) will feature 90 youngsters of the Boychoir and its partner choir VocalPoint! Seattle, with director Joseph Crnko in eight regional performances this year, in churches from Seattle to Mercer Island and Lynnwood.
The performances run Dec. 9-22. The Dec. 16 performance is in St. Mark’s Cathedral; a Dec. 22 performance in Benaroya Hall is hosted by the Seattle Symphony. $11-$35; 206-524-3234 or www.nwchoirs.org/northwest-boychoir
Seattle Pro Musica, “Winter Rose”: A hopeful holiday celebration of rose-themed works (including Praetorius’ “Lo, how a rose e’er blooming,” and “A Spotless Rose” by Howells), by this first-rate chorus under the direction of Karen P. Thomas.
3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9, Seattle First Baptist Church; 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16, Bastyr University Chapel. $12-$38, 206-781-2766, www.seattlepromusica.org
Seattle Men’s Chorus, “A Sassy Brassy Holiday”: The annual uproarious holiday show by this enormous and fine-tuned chorus, with outreach concerts in Tacoma and Everett too — offering gospel, Dixieland, a cheeky “Super Gay Christmas,” and moments to reflect and inspire.
Showtimes vary by date, Dec. 10-23; $15-$81, 206-388-1400, www.seattlechoruses.org/
Seattle Symphony Orchestra and Chorale, Handel’s “Messiah”: This year’s production of the classic oratorio has conductor Ruth Reinhardt and a stellar lineup of soloists for four performances in Benaroya Hall.
8 p.m. Dec. 15, 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. Dec. 16, 2 p.m. Dec. 17; $24-$89, 206-215-4747, www.seattlesymphony.org.