Classical music in Federal Way and Tacoma

Federal Way Symphony will perform Handel’s “Messiah,” and the University of Puget Sound’s musical faculty will launch its recital series in concerts this month.
The symphony, joined by the Federal Way Symphony Singers and the St. Vincent’s Choir, will perform the popular holiday choral works Nov. 17 at 2 p.m. at St. Luke’s Church. The church is located at 515 S. 312th St. in Federal Way.
Tickets and other information is available at and 253-529-9857.
The symphony is a paid, professional orchestra and choral society under the direction of Brian Davenport, its music director for 30 years.
Maria Sampen, a Tacoma violinist known for her interpretations of standard and experimental works, will open the season for the faculty recital series at UPS Nov. 8.
“Exploration” will be presented at 7:30 p.m., in Schneebeck Concert Hall. The program includes Beethoven’s “Violin Sonata No. 9.”
Tickets are available at or 253-879-6013 for $8.50 for seniors 55 and up, students and military,and $12.50 for all others.