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The Kennedy Center - Concert Hall
2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566
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Family Christmas Concert
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4.0 average rating
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4 events
3 reviews
0 stars
attended Dec 18 2010

I was expecting a larger choir and it was geared towards a specific age group. Too complicated for young children, I noticed those near me under 6 were bored and to cheesy for teens and adults. If you have a 6-8 year old, they may enjoy it alot...continued

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10 stars
attended Dec 18 2010

My family thought the show was fabulous. It was a great way to introduce classical/opera - style music to kids in a way that was accessible -- in other words, it wasn't simply cheesy, overdone holiday music. The soloists were spectacular and the...continued

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Holiday spirit comes alive in this one-hour theatrical concert, perfect for all ages. Weaving story-telling and song, Choral Arts’ Family Christmas Concert: The Night Before Christmas follows a little boy into the mystical world of the Reluctant Dragon as he brings his own family together just in time for Christmas. With special guests Santa, Frosty, and Rudolph, this is holiday fun for even the littlest music fan!

For the past six years, The Choral Arts Society of Washington has annually presented its sell-out Family Christmas Concert for the DC Metro area.  Each year, guest conductor Joseph Holt and playwright/director Mary Hall Surface bring to life a classic holiday story from around the world through an accessible script and favorite holiday carols. 

The concert:

  • Is one-hour long
  • Features two to five actors
  • Interweaves simple dialogue between choral selections to tell a holiday story
  • Is performed with community and child actors
  • Is a seasonal highlight for children *ages five *and up


Joseph Holt, _guest conductor

Mary Hall Surface_, playwright/director

Stephen Cramer, tenor

Bob McDonald,_ baritone