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Guide to Christmas Concerts in Puget Sound

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Whether you like to rock around the Christmas tree, or enjoy the classics, there’s a musical event for you this season in Puget Sound.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra Winter Tour 2011
Saturday, November 26
3:00pm and 8:00pm
Key Arena
305 Harrison Street
Seattle, WA 98109
800-745-3000
http://www.keyarena.com
http://www.trans-siberian.com

Lights, lasers and amazing sounds from this progressive orchestra. Holiday favorites as well as new songs in this year’s show – ‘Who I Am’ as well as ‘Someday’.

Sing-Along Sound Of Music
Saturday, November 26
12:00pm
Edmonds Center for the Arts
410 4th Avenue North
Edmonds, WA 98020
425.275.4485
edmondscenterforthearts.org

Watch the 1965 move in Technicolor, sing along as loud as you can, and boo or cheer as the plot demands. Costumes are encouraged!

Cool Yule: Seattle Men’s Chorus
November 26 – December 23
Benaroya Hall
200 University Street
Seattle, WA 98101
206.388.1400
http://www.flyinghouse.org

This year a live swing band, complete with brass and saxophones, will complement a program filled with holiday favorites like: “Let It Snow,” “Walkin’ In A Winter Wonderland,” “Sleigh Ride,” “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” “Jingle Bells,” and of course “Silent Night.” Plus, comedy sketches from the hit TV show, “Big Bang Theory”.

LUCO: Family Holiday Concert
Saturday, December 3
2:00pm
Town Hall
1119 Eighth Avenue
Seattle, WA, 98101
206.652.5858
http://www.townhallseattle.org

This will be a festive afternoon full of holiday music, including classic carols for a Sing-a-Long.

Keb Mo – The Spirit of The Holiday
Saturday, December 3
8:00pm
Neptune Theatre
1303 Northeast 45th St
Seattle, WA 98105
877.784.4849
http://www.stgpresents.org

With his latest release, The Reflection, Keb has streted out into various styles, rooted in soul, jazz and r&b. His trademark honest, unadorned vocal, his deceptively simple, sublime guitar work will help make your holidays bright.

Big Bad VooDoo Daddy – Wild & Swingin’ Holiday Show
Wednesday, December 7
7:30pm
Edmonds Center for the Arts
410 4th Avenue North
Edmonds, WA 98020
425.275.4485
edmondscenterforthearts.org

Modern-day swing band traditionalists Big Bad Voodoo Daddy deliver their Christmas gifts early with their “Wild and Swingin’ Holiday Party.” Yuletide classics like “Blue Christmas,” “Jingle Bells” and “We Three Kings” become rollicking Big Band extravaganzas, with a few original songs added for good measure.

Holiday Pops with Marvin Hamlisch
December 8 – 11
Seattle Symphony
Benaroya Hall
200 University Street
Seattle, WA 98101
206.748.7800
http://www.seattlesymphony.org

Principal Pops Conductor Marvin Hamlisch rings in the holiday season with a festive Seattle Pops Concert full of seasonal songs including “My Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” “Let it Snow,” “O Holy Night” and more. The Orchestra will also perform beloved holiday music including March of the Toys, selections from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, and Leroy Anderson’s A Christmas Festival. Special guests Richard Ziman and Beny the Balloon Guy will join the fun onstage to make this concert the perfect holiday outing for the whole family; rumor has it, Santa may make an appearance.

Black Nativity
December 8 – 24
The Moore Theatre
1932 Second Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
877.784.4849
http://www.stgpresents.org

Celebrate the holiday season with the 50th Anniversary of this joyful gospel song play by American poet, journalist, novelist, memoir and short story writer, Langston Hughes. Enjoy the retelling of the Nativity by way of gospel music, dance, poetry and narrative.

THE COATS: Annual Holiday Show
December 9, 10, 11, 16 and 17
Benaroya Hall
200 University Street
Seattle, WA 98101
206.215.4747
http://www.thecoats.net

The Coats are thrilled to return to Benaroya Hall for their annual holiday show! This premiere a cappella band started on the street corners of Seattle’s famous Pike Place Market. Singing for tourists, locals, fish vendors, and fellow buskers, their humble ambitions of earning a few clams to fight off the tuition bills quickly evolved into a full-time international performance career.

Handel’s Messiah
December 16 – 18
Seattle Symphony
Benaroya Hall
200 University Street
Seattle, WA 98101
206.748.7800
http://www.seattlesymphony.org

The Seattle Symphony Chorale and Seattle Symphony present this holiday classic. Get ready to stand for the rousing “Hallelujah Chorus”!

“A Very Beatles Christmas” with Creme Tangerine
Auburn Ave Theater
10 Auburn Avenue
Auburn, WA 98002
253.833.5678

Creme Tangerine will be performing your favorite Beatles songs, Christmas tunes, and the entire Abbey Road album in a very intimate setting.

The Christmas Music of Mannheim Steamroller by Chip Davis
Sunday, December 18
6:30pm
The Paramount Theatre
911 Pine Street
Seattle, WA 98101
877.784.4849
stgpresents.org

The Christmas Music of Mannheim Steamroller by Chip Davis has been America’s favorite holiday celebration for over 25 years. Grammy Award winner Chip Davis has created a show that features the beloved Christmas music of Mannheim Steamroller along with dazzling multimedia effects performed in an intimate setting.

Beethoven’s 9th Symphony
December 28 – 30
Seattle Symphony
Benaroya Hall
200 University Street
Seattle, WA 98101
206.748.7800
http://www.seattlesymphony.org

Experience the magic of Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” featuring the Seattle Symphony Chorale and distinguished guest soloists. Conducted by Gerard Schwarz.

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