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THE RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR

There were Rockettes as reindeers in brown velvet leggings wearing antlers that lit up and blinked like Christmas tree lights. Then Santa came out with his "Victorian" accent singing "Santa's Gonna Rock and Roll," replete with pelvic thrusts à la Britney Spears; accompanying him was a rapping midgeta RAPPING MIDGETdressed as an elf. Then there were several MGM-style musical medleys, including teddy bears doing The Nutcracker, and the Rockettes doing the Ice Capades. The more-than-spectacular night ended with a creepy, dogmatic version of The Nativity...with live camels, sheep, and a donkey. Fundamental Christianity aside, the night was amazing. Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., 206-292-ARTS. $22.50-$59.50. 7:30 Tues.-Thurs.; 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat.; 7 p.m. Sun. Also several select matinees. Ends Sun. Dec. 7. SAMANTHA STOREY

BELLEVUE PHILHARMONIC

Musically, Aaron Copland seemed to have a split personality, producing work as knotty and astringent as the Piano Variations or Connotations (which flustered Jackie at the gala opening of the Kennedy Center), or as broadly popular as Rodeo or Appalachian Spring. But don't assume his heart was in the tough stuff: Copland's personality was expansive enough to embrace it all. Fusao Kajima will conduct two favorites from Copland's second category: a set of Old American Songs (with soloist Erich Parce, pictured) and a three-movement suite of Music for Movies. On the concert's first half, a surprising companion piece: Vivaldi's peppy Gloria. Meydenbauer Center, 11100 N.E. Sixth St., 206-325-6500. $24-$28. 7:30 p.m. Sat. Nov. 22; 2 p.m. Sun. Nov. 23. GAVIN BORCHERT

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