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Washington National Opera: Silent Night

Nov 14 - Nov 25, 2018

As Christmas Eve falls on a World War I battlefield, enemy soldiers step into no-man's-land for one miraculous night of peace. Based on the true story and 2005 film, Silent Night features Pulitzer Prize–winning music in multiple languages, capturing humanity and hope amidst a devastating war.

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NPR's A Jazz Piano Christmas

Sat, Dec 1

Join the Kennedy Center and NPR for this annual holiday tradition highlighting jazz pianists and their favorite seasonal music! This year, Jason Moran will be joined by Booker T. Jones and James Francies, among others. This perennially sold-out event will be recorded for future broadcast on NPR and streaming online.

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The Second City's Love, Factually

Dec 4 - Dec 31, 2018

Love, Factually is a holiday satire from the twisted minds at The Second City, which gets to the truth of December life, love, and romance. Whether you love or hate the movie Love, Actually, you're going to fall in love with this mashup of parody, original comedy, music, improv, and audience participation. 

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Ballet West: The Nutcracker

Dec 5 - Dec 9, 2018

Ballet West returns to perform the D.C. premiere of its whimsical new production of The Nutcracker, which was unveiled in Salt Lake City last year. Pairing reimagined designs with beloved choreography, the opulent production delivers treasured moments and surprising new delights.

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Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: The Tallis Scholars

Wed, Dec 5, 2018, 7:30 PM

After their last sold-out performance in 2015, The Tallis Scholars return to fill the Terrace Theater once again with richly textured vocal music from the Renaissance—this time in a delightfully festive concert for the holidays. 

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Washington National Opera: Holiday Family Opera: The Lion, the Unicorn, and Me

Dec 14 - Dec 16, 2018

As the first Christmas nears, a special character will share the Nativity story from his perspective: the donkey! Director Francesca Zambello brings the award-winning children's book to vibrant life in this heartwarming family opera, revived after its acclaimed 2013 world premiere.

 

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NSO Pops: A Holiday Pops! Under the Mistletoe with Ashley Brown

Dec 14 - Dec 15, 2018

Warm your spirit with fresh takes on comforting classics in this singalong tradition with the NSO and The Washington Chorus, a perfect holiday treat for the entire family! Join us in the festively decorated Concert Hall for this year’s program that welcomes musical theater darling Ashley Brown—originator of the title role in Mary Poppins on Broadway—in her NSO debut.

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National Symphony Orchestra: Handel's Messiah

Dec 20 - Dec 23, 2018

Join the NSO, exceptional singers, and a heavenly chorus in the festively decorated Concert Hall for our holiday tradition! Experience all of the hope, redemption, and grace of Handel’s much-loved Messiah, conducted by Nicholas McGegan.

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A Jazz New Year's Eve: Patti Austin's Bebop Hip Hop Ella featuring Trevor Lawrence Jr.

Mon, Dec 31

Ring in 2019 in style with a night of Hip Hop scatting and Bebop-Hip Hop mashups celebrating Ella Fitzgerald! This year stars legendary jazz and pop singer Patti Austin and acclaimed Hip Hop drummer Trevor Lawrence Jr. Your ticket includes the Grand Foyer Party, with festive dancing to great bands, a countdown to midnight, a big balloon drop, and more.

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