Concerts 

Holiday Almanac

Dec. 1 Winter's Grace concert today features national artists Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum with master fiddler Bruce Molsky for a concert of songs from their "Winter's Grace" album, 7:30 p.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church. 9505 Gayton Road. $10 tickets available at Plan 9; $15 at the door. (804) 320-7067. In this year's production of Handel's "Messiah," Mark Russell Smith conducts the Richmond Symphony and James Erb conducts the Richmond Symphony Chorus, 8 p.m. at the Carpenter Center. Tickets $10-$35. (804) 262-8003. Music at Midday, a holiday tradition at The Jefferson Hotel, features 50-minute performances by local school choral and string groups on selected weekdays at noon. Free. Call (804) 649-4627 for individual performance dates. Dec. 2 Musical Christmas in Ashland concert by the Hanover Concert Band is new this year, presented at 5:30 p.m. in the Hanover Arts and Activities Center, 500 S. Railroad Ave. in Ashland. $5 donation for adults; children $2. (804) 789-0536. The Randolph-Macon College Winter Choir Concert is held at St. Ann's Church at the corner of England and Henry streets in Ashland, 8 p.m. Mark Russell Smith conducts The Richmond Symphony and James Erb conducts the Symphony Chorus when they perform seasonal favorites during the annual Let It Snow concert, 8 p.m. at the Carpenter Center. Program repeats Sunday, Dec. 3 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets $11-$46. (804) 262-8003. The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart presents its annual Christmas concert and carol festival, with the adult and men's choirs of the Cathedral, conducted by Patrick Carlin, with baritone James Smith and the VCU Flute Ensemble, 8 p.m. 20 N. Laurel St. $25. (804) 359-5651. Dec. 3 The Richmond Concert Band performs one of five holiday concerts, today at St. John's Catholic Church, 5 p.m. 811 W. Nine Mile Road in Highland Springs. Free. Other concerts are on Dec. 5, 10, 13 and 17. Celebrate Advent Sunday at The Episcopal Church of St. Andrew with the 30th annual choir office of Advent Lessons and Carols, featuring music by guest flutist, Scott Hershey, 5:30 p.m. at the corner of South Laurel Street and Idlewood Avenue. (804) 648-7980. Dec. 4 The Richmond Philharmonic, conducted by Victoria Gau, is joined by soprano Kara Charise Harman for a free holiday concert, 7 p.m. at the James Center Atrium. (804) 673-4001. Dec. 5 The Richmond Concert Band performs one of five holiday concerts, today at Imperial Plaza, 7 p.m. 1717 Bellevue Ave. Free. Other concerts are Dec. 3, 10, 13 and 17. The Saints Singers of St. Christopher's and St. Catherine's schools perform a choral concert of sacred and secular Christmas music at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 10 a.m. Three Chopt Road and Grove Avenue. Dec. 8 Listen to Strolling Dickens Carolers at the Shops at Willow Lawn, 6-8 p.m., part of the mall's three-day holiday open house. Dec. 9 A Holiday Big Band Concert with Bill Zickafoose and the Continentals celebrates the holidays swing-style, with 1940s-era classics, 8 p.m. at Hermitage High School. 8301 Hungary Spring Road. Free. (804) 501-5115. Dec. 10 The University of Richmond presents Handel's Messiah at the Cannon Memorial Chapel, 3 p.m. Free. (804) 289-8277 The Richmond Concert Band performs one of five holiday concerts, today at River Road United Methodist Church, 7:30 p.m. 8800 River Road. Free. Other concerts are Dec. 13 and 17. Hear a Gospel Christmas Concert featuring gospel music figure Larnelle Harris, 6:30 p.m. at Grove Avenue Baptist Church. Free. Advance tickets required. Call (804) 740-8888. 8701 Ridge Road. The Richmond Harp Ensemble Concert takes place today, 4:30 p.m. at the Gayton Kirk Presbyterian Church. Gayton and Ryandale roads. (804) 266-3723. Dec. 13 The Richmond Concert Band performs one of five holiday concerts, today at Sandston Baptist Church, 6:45 p.m. 100 W. Williamsburg Road in Sandston. Free. Also Dec. 14 The Saints Singers of St. Christopher's and St. Catherine's schools perform a choral concert of sacred and secular Christmas music at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 11 a.m. Three Chopt Road and Grove Avenue. See 'Twas the Night Before Christmas at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen through Dec. 24. Call (804) 643-2477 for times and ticket information. Dec. 17 The Richmond Concert Band performs its final holiday concert of the season, today at Tabernacle Baptist Church, 4 p.m. 1925 Grove Ave. Free. Dec. 21 Celebrate the first night of Hanukkah with Boston's acclaimed klezmer group, Shirim, in concert at Mills E. Godwin High School. 8 p.m. $12 advance, $15 Did we miss your event? Send us an e-mail.

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