holiday concerts

Music & song of the holidays

Gerard Schwarz, conductor of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and Chorale.

    The Seattle Symphony Orchestra and Chorale, led by conductor Gerard Schwarz, presents the original version of Handel's "Messiah," Wednesday, Dec. 13, 7:30 p.m. in the Eastside Foursquare Church in Bothell, 14520 100th Ave. NE. Tickets are $15 (general admission). Call 443-4747.

   Seattle Girls Choir holiday schedule includes: Christmas Ship, Dec. 13, 5:30 p.m. at Chandler's Cove, Gasworks Park, Portage Bay; Christmas Sing-Along, Dec. 15, 7:30 p.m., and A Child's Christmas, a family concert, Dec. 16, 2 p.m., both at the First United Methodist Church, Seattle; Lessons and Carols for Advent and Christmas, Dec. 17, 7 p.m., Saint James Cathedral. Call 526-1900.

   Maestro R. Joseph Scott and the Bellevue Philharmonic with the Boeing Employees Choir will present its annual free holiday program of carols and winter songs Dec. 14, 7 p.m. at Bellevue Place: 455-4171.

   Magical Strings continues its annual holiday tradition celebrating their 17th annual Celtic Yuletide Concert with two performances Dec. 15 at 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. at St. Mark's Cathedral, 1245 10th Ave. East in Seattle: 857-3716.

   Orchestra Seattle/Seattle Chamber Singers will present Handel's "Messiah," Dec. 15, 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 17, 3 p.m. at the First Free Methodist Church in Seattle: 682-5208.

   Professional storyteller Kathi Lightstone and the Village Theater's KidStage actors will join the Youth Philharmonic Northwest (formerly the Eastlake Community Youth Symphony) in Storytelling at the Symphony, a children's holiday concert, Dec. 16 at 10 a.m. at the Eastlake High School Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $5 and $3 for students and seniors: 868-1950.

   "What Cheer!," a Christmas choral presentation, will be presented by Marysville Musicale Dec. 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Evergreen Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 4th and Columbia Ave., in Marysville. Tickets are $7/$5: 659-0746.

   The Cascadian Chorale presents Gloriana '95: Christmas Revels for Choir and Brass, with special guests from the Bellevue Philharmonic, Seattle Brass Company and the Newport High School Cantata Dec. 16, 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 17, 2 p.m. at Bellevue Community College. Tickets are $12/$10: 822-7540.

   This year the Bellevue Chamber Chorus will present Handel's "Messiah," enhanced by a display of art by Europe's grand master painters. Performances at the Meydenbauer Center are scheduled for Dec. 16 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 17 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students: 881-0445.

   Stafford Miller and the Stafford Strings will present a holiday concert Dec. 17 at 3 p.m. at the Woodinville Library. Sponsored by Molbak's and hosted by the Woodinville Friends of the Library, the event will feature traditional carols, carols of other lands, and other popular Christmas music for all ages: 788-0733.

   The Festival Brass Ensemble will present Holiday Sounds, 7:30-9 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Bothell Regional Library and Dec. 19 at the Lake Forest Park Library, featuring Christmas and Renaissance music: 486- 7811 (Bothell) or 362-8860 (Lake Forest Park).

   The Salvation Army Brass Ensemble will carol at community bonfires awaiting the Christmas Ship Dec. 19 at 6:15 p.m. at Mt. Baker Park; Dec. 20 at 6:45 p.m. at Gene Coulon Park; Dec. 21 at 7:25 p.m. at Madison Park; Dec. 22 at 7:40 p.m. at Meydenbauer Bay; and Dec. 23 at 5 p.m. at Kirkland Marina. 281-4610.