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December brings concerts to Gorge

The Voci Community Chamber Choir will perform in concert 2 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Monday at Hood River Valley High School’s Bowe Theater.

The Voci Community Chamber Choir will perform in concert 2 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Monday at Hood River Valley High School’s Bowe Theater. Julie Raefield-gobbo

Although December choral concerts often focus on seasonal music, VOCI community chamber choir will focus on music that is timeless and yet still resonates with themes of mystery and transcendence for their December concerts.

The Columbia Gorge Orchestra Association presents VOCI in concert, Sunday, Dec. 2, 2 p.m. and Monday, Dec. 3, 7 p.m. at the Hood River Valley High School Bowe Theater.

Selections will include music by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Pablo Casals, James Mulholland, Johannes Brahms and others; the concert will also include choral music with oboe and trombone accompaniment — less-often-heard partners with the voice.

Rounding out the program will be a performance by VOCI’s new small vocal ensemble and special guests (and VOCI members) singer-songwriter Jim MacMillan and pianist Tim Mayer.

Donation of $10 per person or family is encouraged for this concert.

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Advent Concert Series starts Friday, Dec. 7 at Riverside Community Church, Fourth and State streets. This first concert will feature the Hood River Valley High School choirs. The noon concerts are free and last about one hour.

Future concerts include Friday, Dec. 14, a concert by Riverside's chancel choir, and Friday, Dec. 21, a concert by Tim Mayer

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Mid Columbia Community Choir gives two performances of “The Night Before Christmas,” a retelling of the events leading up the Christ’s coming, combining a choir arrangement and narration, under Perry Cole’s direction.

Performances are Dec. 1 at Riverside Community Church, 7 p.m., and Dec. 2 at Grace Baptist Church in White Salmon, at 4 p.m.

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Cascade Singers will perform its 2012 Christmas concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1 and 3 p.m. Dec. 2 at Zion Lutheran Church, 10th and Union streets, The Dalles.

This year’s title is “¡Gloria a Dios!: ‘Misa Criolla’ and Spanish Carols.” Admission is by donation at the door.

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The Hood River Education Foundation presents Christmas with the Trail Band concert, 7 p.m. Dec. 6 in the Hood River Middle School auditorium. The event supports the Education Foundation’s Teacher Grant Program, which awards funds to teachers and other district employees for creative and interesting ways to help teach our students.

Tickets are $17 adults, $6 kids under 14; available at the Community Education office, Waucoma Bookstore and Cascade Locks School.

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Aaron Meyer and his six-piece band will perform Dec. 9 in a Holiday Benefit Concert for the United Way, 3:30 p.m. in the Gorge Room at the Best Western Hood River Inn. Preferred seating tickets are $45 and include a glass of wine or beer and appetizers at a pre-concert party with Meyer. General admission is $20, and ages 12 and under $15. Tickets are available at Waucoma Bookstore, the Hood River Inn or unitedwaycolumbiagorge.com.

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Local musicians Tim Mayer, Rick Hulett and friends will add some funk, jazz and groove to your favorite holiday songs Dec. 19 with The Groove Project Grooves Christmas, 7 p.m. at Columbia Center for the Arts.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children, students and seniors.

Tickets are available at Columbia Center for the Arts, Waucoma Bookstore and online at www.columbiaarts.org.

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