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Now that Sammy is gone, Mel Tormé is the man to beat for pure show-biz schmaltz onstage. Everything is fabulous; everyone is beautiful; and let’s have a round of applause for this terrific band! Years ago, he was tagged with the nickname “The Velvet Fog,” which he still doesn’t care for, but it fits. Tormé has a way of softly enveloping a melody, and—though you know it’s all practiced and contrived—he can sell the song as an intimate ad lib. Tonight and tomorrow, he will be joined by the National Symphony Orchestra Pops for an evening of Christmas songs, which surely will include “The Christmas Song”—which Tormé wrote. At 7 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. $10-43. (202) 467-4600. (Dave Nuttycombe)