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Numerous groups offer holiday-themed concerts this month
by: submitted photo, The 70-member West Linn Community Chorus will participate in four concerts this holiday season.

The 70-member West Linn Community Chorus will participate in four holiday concerts this season.

At 8 p.m. on Friday, the chorus will present its annual Christmas Concert at First Presbyterian Church of Oregon City, 1321 Linn Ave. The same program will be performed at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, in St. Anne's Chapel at Marylhurst University. Included will be familiar carols, a Chanukah song performed in Hebrew, a gospel carol and a Swedish folk song sung in boogie-woogie style. The 16-member West Linn Community Chorus Ensemble will also perform.

Suggested donation for each concert is $7, and tickets are available at the door.

On Saturday, Dec. 9, the chorus will join the Marylhurst Symphony at its annual Christmas Pops concert at 7 p.m. in University Commons.

Then on Monday, Dec. 18, at 9 p.m., the chorus will perform at The Grotto Festival of Lights, at N.E. 85th Avenue and Sandy Boulevard in Portland.

For information on the chorus and its concerts, visit www.westlinncommunitychorus.org or call 503-799-1128.

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The adult musicians of Lake Oswego United Methodist Church will present their annual concert, A Gift of Christmas Music, at 4 p.m. Sunday. A carol sing, led by Peter Jurney, will precede the concert at 3:45.

The program will include both sacred and secular selections by the Chancel Choir, directed by the church's new choir director Christopher Rust. A former Lakeridge High School Company member, Rust is also choir director at Sunset High School.

Two pieces offered will be 'Throw the Yule Log on Uncle John' by P.D.Q. Bach and the contrasting piece, 'I Shall Know Him When He Comes' by Douglas Wagner.

Lake Carillon and Vesper Bells handbell choirs will play traditional carols from France and England, and the church's praise band, Flipside, will do music with a South American beat. The Diminished Seventh women's sextet and a newly formed men's quartet will present songs, and Sally Harmon and Frank Gruner will delight the crowd with their Christmas selections. Organist Bob Hinson will present one of his renditions that always leaves the rafters ringing.

The concert and reception are presented by the church, located at 1855 South Shore Blvd., as a gift to the community.

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The Marylhurst Symphony will present a concert at 7 p.m. Saturday in Clark Commons.

Some pieces to be presented include 'White Christmas,' 'Sheep May Safely Graze,' 'L'Arlesienne Suite No. 1' and 'A Christmas Festival.' The West Linn Community Chorus will also be featured at this concert.

Tickets will be sold at the door for $10 adults and $5 children, students and seniors.

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The Trail's End Ringers, an audition-only handbell choir of young people from third through 10th grades, will perform a special Terrific Tuesday concert 6:30 p.m. Dec. 12, in the children's area of the West Linn Public Library. The performers are primarily TAG students from Oregon City as well as West Linn and Portland-area home schools.

The choir had its origin three years ago with the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers Association Youth Festival in Shelton, Wash. Director Diane Collins took 21 students from two choirs to the festival, which was conducted by Jason Wells, the founder of the famous youth bell choir Ring of Fire.

'Our purpose is to provide youth the opportunity to learn about the world of handbells and offer the community a service by sharing our music and showing others the unique art of ringing handbells,' says director Collins. 'This will be a perfect concert for the whole family.'

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Our Saviors Lutheran Church will present its 29th annual Christmas Concert Dec. 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the church.

A wide variety of music for the seasons of Advent and Christmas will be performed in the Celebration Center at the church by the 40 voice Chancel choir and the Adult Handbell Choir.

The concerts, which feature cabaret seating and holiday desserts, are free and open to the public. In lieu of an admission charge, freewill offerings may be given in support of the Alzheimer Foundation of America, and the Les Anglais Haiti School Scholarship fund.

Our Saviors Lutheran Church is located at 2000 Country Club Road in Lake Oswego. For more information call the church office at 503-635-4563 or Minister of Music Thomas Miller, at 503-636-0052.

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Let the Oregon Children's Choir and Youth Chorale get you 'In the Mood for Christmas' with a concert Sunday, Dec. 10 at 3 p.m. at the Church of the Resurrection.

Featured special guest performers are Michael Allen Harrison and Katie Harmon.

General admission tickets to the concert are $15, $10 for students and seniors. Tickets are available by calling 503-639-4972.

The Church of the Resurrection is located at 21060 S.W. Stafford Road in Tualatin, at the southeast corner of I-205 and Stafford Road.

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There is still time for you tuba players to join in the 16th annual TubaChristmas Concert this Saturday. TubaChristmas is a compellation of tuba, euphonium and baritone horn musicians playing the joyous sounds of the season. Dr. John Richards, formerly of the Oregon Symphony, will conduct.

The concert is free to the public and will held at Pioneer Courthouse Square from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

TubaChristmas is open to any interested tuba, euphonium or baritone player who wishes to participate. To pre-register to play an instrument call 503-223-1613. Musicians may also register in person the day of the event at the Lincoln High School cafeteria, 1600 S.W. Salmon Street, between 9 and 10 a.m. on Saturday.

Musicians are charged a registration fee of $5. The rehearsal will immediately follow registration from 10 a.m. to noon. Official TubaChristmas hats, scarves and music books are available for sale at the Lincoln High registration/rehearsal and also at the concert at Pioneer Square.

For more information on TubaChristmas visit www.pioneercourthousesquare.org.

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'Winter Cheer' will be shared by musicians from ages eight through 82 at a combined concert of the Oregon Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra (OPACO), Oregon Pro Arte Youth Chamber Orchestra (OPAYCO) and Pro Arte Conservatory Strings (PACS) on Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. The concert will be held at Lakeridge High School auditorium, 1235 Overlook Dr., in Lake Oswego.

The program includes selections from Tchikovsky's 'The Nutcracker' and Handel's 'Messiah' as well as Respighi's 'Trittico Botticelliano (Three Botticelli Pictures) and more.

The holiday concert is the orchestra's annual fundraiser and gift baskets will be available for silent auction. Two seats in the orchestra will be auctioned off to the highest bidder, providing two audience members an opportunity to sit with the musicians and experience a portion of the concert from the 'inside out.'

Tickets are $12, $10 and $5 and are available at the door.

OPACO is presently in its fifth season of providing chamber music to Portland area audiences. Now in its fourth season, OPAYCO is the only scholarship-based youth chamber orchestra in Oregon, featuring musicians from ages 12 to 23.

Additional information is available on the Web at www.oregonproarte.org.

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Acoustic Guitar Summit, consisting of Terry Robb, Doug Smith and West Linn resident Mark Hanson, will present its 12th annual holiday concert in St. Anne's Chapel at Marylhurst University at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Tickets are available online at www.AccentOnMusic.com, by phone at 503-699-1814, or at Lake Music in Lake Oswego and Pioneer Music in Oregon City. Cost is $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

The concert will be preceded by a guitar workshop at 5 p.m. Workshop tickets are $25.

Hanson and Smith are Grammy winners for their contributions to 2005's Henry Mancini - Pink Guitar CD. Robb is the perennial winner of the Cascade Blues Association's top acoustic blues guitarist award. In September Smith won the national fingerpicking championship contest in Winfield, Kans.

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A holiday concert of seasonal music not often heard will be presented by several West Linn High School choirs next Tuesday from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the new 600-seat theater at the high school, 5464 West A St. Admission is free.

The same venue will play host to two more free concerts in the two succeeding days.

A concert presented by the high school's symphonic orchestra under the baton of Jeff Cumpston, a music legend in his own right, will begin at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

And at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, the school's award-winning jazz band as well as several other bands will enliven the season with a host of holiday favorites played in their own inimitable styles.