From Handel's Messiah to Holiday Music for Koto and Shakuhachi

Classical (and more) music events this week.

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Concerts & Events

Scores of Sound SEE THE WIRE, WED. Cornish's annual music marathon, with offerings from gamelan to string quartet, African drumming to jazz vocals. PONCHO Concert Hall, Cornish College of the Arts, 710 E. Roy St. Free. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Wed. Dec. 6, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Thurs. Dec. 7, 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri. Dec. 8.

Music for Lunch Pianist Lisa Lanza performs music by Chopin on this free weekly lunchtime recital series. Sherman Clay Showroom, 1624 Fourth Ave., 622-7580. Free. 12:15 p.m. Thurs. Dec. 7.

Dråm Swedish folk duo on nyckelharpa and other instruments. Dusty Strings, 3450 16th Ave. W., 634-1662. $15. 7:30 p.m. Thurs. Dec. 7.

UW Symphony Violinist Michael Jinsoo Lim and violist Melia Watras pair up for Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante; Peter Ëros also conducts Beethoven and Purcell. Meany Hall, UW campus, 543-4880, www.music.washington.edu. $10. 7:30 p.m. Thurs. Dec. 7.

Pontiac Bay Symphony Live orchestral accompaniment , conducted by Hummie Mann, to Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin silents. Nathan Hale Performing Arts Center, 10750 30th Ave. N.E., 364-0907, www.pontiacbay.org. $12-$15. 7:30 Sat. Dec. 9.

Baroque Northwest Quartet A musical—and culinary, with traditional recipes in the program—tour of the Mediterranean "from Byzantium to Iberia." Bethany Lutheran Church, 7400 Woodlawn Ave. N.E., 368-0735, www.baroquenorthwest.com. $10-$22. 8 p.m. Sat. Dec. 9 (preconcert talk on cuisine at 7:15).

The Esoterics They'll expand to 48 voices to sing lush vocal tone-poems by Berg, Britten, Mahler, Strauss, and others. St. Joseph's Church, 732 18th Ave. E., 8 p.m. Sat. Dec. 9; Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 4139 42nd Ave. S.W., 3 p.m. Sun. Dec. 10. $10-$20. 935-7779, www.theesoterics.org.

Eastside Symphony This week's third performance of Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante, plus music by Bach and Leroy Anderson. Redmond Senior Center, 8703 160th Ave. N.E., Redmond, www.eastsidesymphony.org. Free. 3 p.m. Sun. Dec. 10.

An Evening of Reflection for Peace Schubert's Mass in G and Durante's Magnificat. University Christian Church, 4731 15th Ave. N.E., 522-0169, www.uchristian.org. Donation. 7 p.m. Sun. Dec. 10.

Tuning the Air Improv, original music, and arrangements played each Monday by a 10-piece guitar orchestra. Seattle Circle Performance Space, Trinity Church Annex, 6512 23rd Ave. N.W., Room 329. 789-8481, www.tuningtheair.com. Free. 8 p.m. Mon. Dec. 11.

Charity Chan This Montreal accordion player is joined by locals and other Canadians. Gallery 1412, 1412 18th Ave., 322-1533, www.gallery1412.org. $5-$15. Workshop 8 p.m. Mon. Dec. 12, performance 8 p.m. Tues. Dec. 12.

Holiday Concerts

Seattle Choral Company Highlights from Messiah. City Hall lobby, 600 Fourth Ave., 684-7171, www.seattle.gov/seattlepresents, www.seattlechoralcompany.org. Free. Noon Thurs. Dec. 7.

Seattle Symphony A holiday pops concert with the John Pizzarelli Trio. Benaroya Hall, Third Avenue and Union Street, 215-4747, www.seattlesymphony.org. $21-$74. 7:30 p.m. Thurs. Dec. 7, 8 p.m. Fri. Dec. 8, 2 & 8 p.m. Sat. Dec. 9, 2 p.m. Sun. Dec. 10.

Tranquil Advent Evening A candlelit labyrinth walk, chants, readings, and more. St. Mark's Cathedral, 1245 10th Ave. E., 323-0300. www.saintmarks.org. Donation. 6:30 p.m. Fri. Dec. 8.

Seattle Girls' Choir Advent Lessons and Carols. St. Joseph's Church, 732 18th Ave. E., www.seattlegirlschoir.org. Free. 7:30 p.m. Fri. Dec. 8.

Choral Sounds Northwest "Christmas in Our Hometown." Highline Performing Arts Center, 401 S. 152nd St., Burien, 246-6040, www.nwassociatedarts.org. $15-$25. 8 p.m. Fri. Dec. 8, 2 p.m. Sat. Dec. 9-Sun. Dec. 10.

Northwest Boychoir Their annual Festival of Lessons and Carols. Episcopal Church of the Ascension, 2330 Viewmont Way W., $10-$15, 8 p.m. Fri. Dec. 8; University Presbyterian Church, 4540 15th Ave. N.E., $10-$20, 7:30 p.m. Sat. Dec. 9; five other performances through Wed. Dec. 20. 800-838-3006, 524-3234, www.nwchoirs.org.

Seattle Pro Musica "An American Christmas." (The 3 p.m. concert is a family concert, one hour long, with a carol sing-along. Kids $5.) Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 781-2766, www.seattlepromusica.org. $15-$23. 3 & 7:30 p.m. Sat. Dec. 9 & Sat. Dec. 16.

KidSounds Northwest & YouthSounds Northwest "Everywhere Christmas Tonight." Highline Performing Arts Center, 401 S. 152nd St., Burien, 246-6040, www.nwassociatedarts.org. $9-$12, 13 and under free. 7 p.m. Sat. Dec. 9.

Lake Washington Singers "Winter Wishes." Unity Church of Bellevue, 16330 N.E. Fourth St., Bellevue, 425-458-4521, www.lakewashingtonsingers.org. Suggested donation $7-$10. 7:30 p.m. Sat. Dec. 9.

Northwest Chamber Chorus "Mother & Child." St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 8398 N.E. 12th St., Medina, 7:30 p.m. Sat. Dec. 9. $14-$20. 523-1196, www.northwestchamberchorus.org.

Cascadian Chorale "Light in Winter: A Legacy of English Carols." St. Margaret's Episcopal Church, 4228 Factoria Blvd. S.E., Bellevue, 7:30 p.m. Sat. Dec. 9; Plymouth Congregational Church, 1217 Sixth Ave., 3 p.m. Sun. Dec. 10. $10-$17. 286-6028, www.cascadianchorale.org.

Rainier Symphony Music by Mozart (the Sinfonia Concertante), Johann Strauss, and Leroy Anderson. Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center, 400 S. Second St., Renton, 7:30 p.m. Sat. Dec. 9; Foster High School, 4242 S. 144th St., Tukwila, 3 p.m. Sun. Dec. 10. $12-$17. 781-5618, www.rainiersymphony.org.

Seattle Choral Company SEE THE WIRE, SUN.The complete Messiah, in Mozart's orchestration. Meany Hall, UW campus, 800-838-3006, www.brownpapertickets.com, www.seattlechoralcompany.org. $10-$30. 7:30 p.m. Sat. Dec. 9, 2 p.m. Sun. Dec. 10.

Columbia Choirs "YuleFest." Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., www.columbiachoirs.com. 2 p.m. Sun. Dec. 10.

Northwest Recital Singers "A Northwest Christmas." Newport Presbyterian Church, 4010 120th Ave. S.E., Bellevue, www.newportpres.org. Free. 2 p.m. Sun. Dec. 10.

Northwest Boychoir Choral accompaniment to vintage silent films. Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave., 800-838-3006, www.brownpapertickets.com. $8-$12. 3 & 5 p.m. Sun. Dec. 10.

Pacifica Children's Chorus "Over the River & Through the Woods." Museum of History and Industry, 2700 24th Ave. E., 527-9095 x3. $6-$15. 3 p.m. Sun. Dec. 10.

Messiah Sing-Along SEE THE WIRE, SUN. St. John United Lutheran Church, 5515 Phinney Ave. N., 526-8443, www.mcnw.org. Donation. 6:30 p.m. Sun. Dec. 10.

Medieval Women's Choir "Laude Novella: An Italian Advent" includes new works by Peter Seibert and MWC director Margriet Tindemans. St. James Cathedral, 804 Ninth Ave., 264-4822, www.medievalwomenschoir.org. $10-$19. 8 p.m. Sun. Dec. 10.

Seattle Men's Chorus Their annual holiday extravaganza. Benaroya Hall, Third Avenue and Union Street, 388-1400, www.flyinghouse.org. $15.50-$65. 8 p.m. Sun. Dec. 10, Sun. Dec. 17, Wed. Dec. 20; 2 & 8 p.m. Thurs. Dec. 21.

A Celtic Christmas With violinist Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul. Benaroya Hall, Third Avenue and Union Street, 215-4747, www.seattlesymphony.org. $18-$58. 7:30 p.m. Tues. Dec. 12.

Duo En Holiday music for koto and shakuhachi. City Hall lobby, 600 Fourth Ave., 684-7171, www.seattle.gov/seattlepresents. Free. Noon Wed. Dec. 13.

Opera

Amahl and the Night Visitors Menotti's musical Nativity tale. LGI Theatre, Bainbridge High School, 9330 N.E. High School Rd., Bainbridge Island, 842-0472, www.ovationmtb.com. $13-$18. 7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 3 p.m. Sun. Ends Sun. Dec. 10.

 
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