2016 Holiday Events: Music

Boister Annual Solstice Concert. Anne Watts’ chamber-pop group returns with its annual Solstice Concert complete with spins on Eartha Kitt and Ray Conniff, plus Christmas cookies. Dec. 22, 7:30 p.m., An die Musik Live, 409 N. Charles St., (410) 385-2638, andiemusiklive.com, $10-$17.

Charm City Baroque: Natus est Jesus: Cantatas and Sonatas for Christmas. Charm City Baroque honors the Yuletide season with performances of Christmas cantatas by Boeddecker and the abbess Cozzolani, selections from Biber’s Rosary Sonatas, and French noels. Dec. 3, 2 p.m., An die Musik Live, 409 N. Charles St., (410) 385-2638, andiemusiklive.com, free (donations suggested).

Christmas with Amy Grant & Michael W. Smith. Joined by Season 9 Winner of “The Voice” Jordan Smith and The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, Grammy Award-winning vocalists Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith perform holiday favorites. Dec. 18, 7 p.m., Royal Farms Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St., (410) 347-2020, royalfarmsarena.com, $39.50-$150.

Christmas with Baltimore Choral Arts Society. A full chorus and orchestra fill the historic Baltimore Basilica with holiday favorites. Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m., The Baltimore Basilica, 409 Cathedral St., (410) 523-7070, baltimorechoralarts.org, $25-$55.

Dunbar Alumni Jazz Band - Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite. The Dunbar Alumni Jazz Band plays Duke Ellington’s jazz interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s ”The Nutcracker.” Dec. 12, 7 p.m., An die Musik Live, 409 N. Charles St., (410) 385-2638, andiemusiklive.com, $5-$12.

Handel’s Messiah. Conductor and harpsichordist Edward Polochick performs and leads the Concert Artists of Baltimore Symphonic Chorale and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in a joint performance of the holiday classic. Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 4, 3 p.m.; Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., (410) 783-8000, bsomusic.org, $25-$84.

Handel’s Messiah. In a performance dedicated to the memory of David Craig Elliott, the Handel Choir of Baltimore performs the great composer’s Christmas masterpiece. Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m., Grace United Methodist Church, 5407 N. Charles St.; Dec. 11, 3 p.m., St. Ignatius Catholic Church, 740 N. Calvert St.; (667) 206-4120, handelchoir.org, $10-$47.

Holiday Pops with Storm Large. Storm Large of Pink Martini joins the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore City College Choir, and Baltimore School for the Arts Dancers for a special holiday show. Dec. 17, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 18, 2 p.m.; Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., (410) 783-8000, bsomusic.org, $25-$75.

Kix Mas. The Hagerstown-born hair metal band KIX plays a lively holiday concert. Dec. 17, 8:30 p.m., Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place, (410) 244-1131, ramsheadlive.com, $27.50.

Mark Brine Holiday Concert. Roots musician Mark Brine performs a special holiday set. Dec. 15, 8 p.m., An die Musik Live, 409 N. Charles St., (410) 385-2638, andiemusiklive.com, $10-$12.

Merriment & Melodies in Harbor East. Choral groups perform alongside street entertainment and shopping events with complimentary sweets while Harbor East representatives collect donations for House of Ruth. Nov. 30, Dec. 7, Dec. 14, 5:30-9 p.m., Harbor East, harboreast.com, free.

Mix 106.5’s Mistletoe Meltdown. Gavin DeGraw, Andy Grammer, and Hailee Steinfeld play Mix 106.5’s big annual holiday concert. Dec. 16, 8 p.m., The Lyric, 140 W. Mt. Royal Ave., (410) 900-1150, lyricoperahouse.com, $45-$65.

Movie and Music: “It’s a Wonderful Life.” The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Handel Choir of Baltimore provide a live score to the classic holiday film. Dec. 15 and 16 at 7 p.m., Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., (410) 783-8000, bsomusic.org, $25-$75.

The RNR Holiday Hoo-Ha. The Head And The Heart, Pete Yorn, and Joseph perform at 103.1 WRNR’s holiday show. Dec. 16, 7:30 p.m., Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place, (410) 244-1131, ramsheadlive.com, $34.50.

Roots Cafe Christmas Show. Geoffrey Himes and Willem Elsevier host a holiday edition of their singer-songwriter series with Christina Van Norman and Georgie Jessup performing original and obscure Christmas songs, plus a special appearance from Santa Claus. Dec. 4, 5 p.m., An die Musik Live, 409 N. Charles St., (410) 385-2638, andiemusiklive.com, $10.

Sing-Along Messiah. Join the Baltimore Choral Arts Society in singing Handel’s Messiah. Dec. 16, 7:30 p.m., Kraushaar Auditorium, Goucher College, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road, (410) 523-7070, baltimorechoralarts.org, $25.

This Christmas: 2nd Annual Toy Drive & Dance Party. Ducky Dynamo, Turnt, and Shawn Smallwood host a dance party featuring multiple DJs to collect toys and women’s hygiene products for House of Ruth. Dec. 7, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., The Depot, 1728 N. Charles St., (410) 528-0174, facebook.com/events/314253595626396, bring toy donations.

Tuba Christmas. Tuba players gather by the Inner Harbor to perform seasonal tunes. Dec. 17, 3:30 p.m., Inner Habor Amphitheater, 201 E. Pratt St., (812) 824-8833, tubachristmas.com, free.

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