We have so much happening this month we decided to just keep it simple and list it all. Boring, but effective! So, here goes:
Monday, December 2, 2013 – Church Street Stroll
Join us for this fun, casual, outdoor event in downtown Vienna. Merchants light up their stores, kids can meet Santa, grown-ups can enjoy the season. And you can hear us – or maybe even sing with us! We sing at 7 pm, starting at Lawyers and Church, and carol our way north to Caffe Amouri. Don’t be surprised if we show up in period holiday gear. It’s been known to happen!
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 – Foster’s Grill Fundraiser
Singing takes energy. So does generally getting through the winter. So join us at Foster’s Grill in Vienna! You eat well, and a portion of your purchase goes to supporting VCS. Good deal, don’t you think? Be sure to take this coupon with you.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 – Meadowlark Winter Walk Of Lights
Can’t make our Solstice concert later in the month? Then come hear us sing at Meadowlark. No, we’re not singing the entire concert. But you’ll certainly get a flavor of our holiday concert. Oh, and the actual Winter Walk Of Lights – it is magical! And yes, we will be singing both indoors and outdoors in the Walk. Tickets are at http://winterwalkoflights.com/
Tuesday, December 17, 2013 – Foster’s Grill Fundraiser
Yep. Twice in a month. And why not? Gotta eat, yes? Again, take the coupon with you. And no, it’s not the same as the last one! You need THIS one.
Saturday, December 21, 2013 – Concert – Solstice: Light And Dark
Our holiday concert! We had a post about it a few weeks back, but in case you’re new to the VCS-verse, this concert happens to fall on the shortest day of the year. Hence the “solstice” part. This is also our concert for a cause in support of mental health awareness, especially SAD. And we are proud to partner with The Women’s Center Of Vienna for this event. Indeed, there is so much light to be had at this time of year – the warmth of community alone is a joyous thing. And the music promises to be, by turns, ethereal, uplifting, and poetic. It is perfect for this time of the year. As one alto cracked wise at rehearsal, “it goes perfectly with the scent of pine cones and a fireplace!”
Tickets are on sale online. Please come!
By the way, this is just what we’re up to. There are a ton of other fun things happening around town! Our friends in the area also have their own slate of holiday events:
UUCF’s Chorale, directed by VCS-friend-for-life, Mark Vogel, will sing selections from Handel’s “Messiah” including the beloved Hallelujah chorus. This event will be part of UUCF’s regular services on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 4:30 pm and Sunday, December 8, 2013 at 9:15 am and 11:15 am. All events are free, but you are encouraged to come on Saturday as parking can get tight on Sunday mornings.
Go “Home For The Holidays!” with the Alexandria Singers – Join the Singers as they weave jazzy arrangements of your favorite holiday tunes into a wonderful tale that will renew your belief in the Christmas spirit. Fun for the whole family. Guest appearance by Santa!
“Welcome Yule!” with the New Dominion Chorale who will perform works by Benjamin Britten and the chorale’s director, Thomas Beveridge.
The Medical Musical Group presents the Interfaith Holiday Benefit for Wounded Warriors, which will celebrate music of Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Native America, and the Muslim Eid. It will be streamed live on Friday, December 20, 2013, 7:30 pm, from Strathmore Concert Hall in Bethesda, MD. In addition to the 200-member Medical Chorale and Symphony Orchestra, singers Ricky Skaggs, Maureen McGovern, and Julia Nixon will appear in the concert. Cokie Roberts (ABC) and Jim Bittermann (CNN Paris) will host. Dr. Francis Collins, NIH Director and a gifted musician, will strum the guitar with them as well.
Really, it is wonderful to live in a town that has an embarrassment of musical riches, don’t you think?