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Concert Hall Kennedy CenterDecember 20, 2014 8:00 PM
2700 F Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20566
Amid the hustle and bustle of the season, take an evening to slow it down a bit and emerge newly inspired. The National Symphony Orchestra's annual concert featuring Handel's soaring work of faith has become a much-loved holiday tradition in Washington. The 1741 masterpiece includes some of the most joyful and memorable music ever written and is the most performed choral work in the English language. With its powerful "Hallelujah" chorus, "Messiah" celebrates a timeless message of hope and renewal that resonates each Yuletide season. This year, Nicholas McGegan (named "one of the finest baroque conductors of his generation" by the London "Independent") conducts four gifted singers and The Washington Chorus in this NSO tradition.
Set sail on the double-decker yacht Boomerang for a festive, adults-only nighttime cruise on the Potomac River. Spend your evening sipping delicious cocktails and enjoying the natural beauty along the river as well as seeing the historic sights of Washington DC lit up at night. A large cash bar features a large variety of signature cocktails, frozen drinks, beer, wine and snacks and you can dance the night away on the main cabin's dance floor, where a DJ will be spinning top 40, international, old school hip-hop and electronic music. After you're done dancing, relax on the top deck or in the wrap-around seating on the party bow, where you can take in the scenery as well as breathtaking views. Whether the Boomerang is your final destination or you're just getting warmed up for the rest of the night ahead, you don't want to be left on shore when this party boat ships out.
In what has become a popular Christmas tradition in the D.C. region, Theater Alliance performs their joyous production of Langston Hughes' "Black Nativity". First performed in 1961, Hughes' song-play is a retelling of the Christmas story from an Afro-centric perspective and was intended to explore the depths of cultural identity, pride and unity within the African-American community. The production is infused with rich, moving music, dance and griot-style storytelling. Using the sounds, energy and enthusiasm of gospel music to tell the Nativity story makes for a holiday show that people of all races and backgrounds can enjoy.