Singing sweetly through the night...
“A Seasonal Celebration,” a collaboration between the National Institutes of Health Community Orchestra and Chorus and the East Avenue Ensemble of Chevy Chase, is scheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday at the Cedar Lane Unitarian Church in Bethesda.
Sponsored by the NIH Recreation and Welfare Association and the American Music Performance Foundation, the concert will be led by three conductors — Joseph Gascho, Richard Scerbo and Bob Johnson — and feature orchestral and choral music, including several selections from Handel’s “Messiah” performed as a sing-along. There is no charge to attend the concert, but free-will donations will benefit the charities of the NIH. For more information, visit www.nihco.org.
On Sunday, The Chancel Choir of the Episcopal Church of the Ascension will perform Antonio Vivaldi’s “Gloria” during a holiday concert featuring the choir and the Levine School of Music Strings at 5 p.m. at the church in Silver Spring. Karen Ashbrook will accompany on hammered dulcimer and the program will be led by David Cato, the church’s director of music. Considered a treasure of the Baroque period, Vivaldi’s “Gloria” was composed in the early 1700s, lost for more than two centuries, and rediscovered in the late 1920s. Admission is free, but seating is limited. For more information, visit www.ascensionsilverspring.org.
In Prince George’s County, the Capitol City Voices jazz choir will join the Wayne Wilentz Trio for a holiday concert on Sunday at Bowie’s latest suburban nightspot, Jazzy’s Lounge. Pianist and vocal coach Wayne Wilentz will lead the program, backed by Frank Russo on drums and Jeff Antoniuk on saxophone. Straight-ahead jazz hits by Duke Ellington and Horace Silver, among others, will blend with beloved holiday favorites such as “Deck the Halls,” Vince Guaraldi’s “Christmastime is Here,” and many more. The concert will culminate with an audience sing-along. Admission is $15. For more information, visit www.jazzyslounge.com.
In Fairfax, the Vienna Boys Choir will present “Christmas in Vienna” at 8 p.m. tonight at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall. The choir’s repertoire consists of both classical and popular music running the gamut from traditional Christmas carols and holiday favorites to Gregorian chants and songs from across the globe. For more information, visit www.cfa.gmu.edu. The choir will then entertain Christmas concertgoers on Sunday afternoon at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas, Va. Show time is 4 p.m. For more information, visit www.hyltoncenter.org.