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Critic’s Picks: Tacoma Symphony’s “Messiah,” Northwest Repertory Singers’ “North American Christmas,” Straight No Chaser and “The Polar Express”

Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on Dec. 18, 2009 at 6:41 am |
December 15, 2009 12:44 pm

Tacoma Symphony plays Handel’s “Messiah”

Handel’s beloved oratorio is sung again by the Tacoma Symphony and Chorus with all-star local soloists in favorites like “I know that my Redeemer liveth” and the “Hallelujah” chorus. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18. $25. St. Charles Borromeo, 7112 S. 12th St., Tacoma. 253-591-5894, www.tacomasymphony.org

 Northwest Repertory Singers’ “A North American Christmas”

Huron, Hispanic, Appalachian and Northwest meet in this celebration of North American Christmas choral music, sung by the Northwest Repertory Singers. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19, 3 p.m. Dec. 20. $18/$15/free for under-12. Mason United Methodist Church, 2710 N. Madison St., Tacoma. 253-572-4831, www.nwrs.org

 “The Polar Express,” free at The Grand

This computer-animated classic screens free at The Grand Cinema as part of the Click! Family Flick series on the third Saturday of each month. Doors open 10 a.m., screening 10:30 a.m. Dec. 19. Free, first 100 people only. 606 S. Fawcett Ave., Tacoma. 253-593-4474, www.grandcinema.com

 Straight No Chaser sings at the Pantages

This a cappella male vocal group from Indiana University has soared since they were in Tacoma last year, with a CD and TV appearances – but the cool singing hasn’t changed a bit. They sing “A Cappella Christmas” courtesy of the Tacoma Philharmonic. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19. $25/$30. Rialto Theater, 310 S. 9th St., Tacoma. 253-591-5894, www.tacomaphilharmonic.org

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