Monday, December 10

A Chanticleer Christmas
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The 12-member a cappella vocal ensemble performs seasonal works from Gregorian chant and medieval and Renaissance polyphony to traditional carols and spirituals.
8PM
First Congregational Church
Dana & Durant, Berkeley.
$54/$46/$32
415-392-4400 or www.chanticleer.org/concerts-and-tickets

Thursday, December 13

Philharmonia Baroque, Masaaki Suzuki, Guest Conductor
Suzuki-120x160-120x150“A Bach Christmas.” Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068; Cantata Christen, ätzet diesen Tag, BWV 63; and the Magnificat in E-flat, BWV 243a. With soloists Sherezade Panthaki & Claire Kelm, sopranos; Fabiana González, alto; Dann Coakwell, tenor; Dashon Burton, bass-baritone; and the Philharmonia Chorale, Bruce Lamott, director
8PM
Center for Performing Arts
555 Middlefield Road, Atherton
Pre-concert lecture 45 minutes before each performance. $25–$85
415-392-4400 or www.cityboxoffice.com

Friday, December 14

Barefoot Chamber Concerts
Purcell-243x300Les Violettes (Colin Shipman, gamba; Violet Grgich, harpsichord; David Wilson, violin; and Corey Carleton, soprano, perform songs and chamber music of Henry Purcell and his French admirers.
6PM
Parish Hall of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley.
$15/$13 18 and under free and welcome. Program lasts approximately 75 minutes with no intermission. Light refreshments will be available.
BarefootChamberConcerts.com

A Chanticleer Christmas (see December 10)
The 12-member a cappella vocal ensemble performs seasonal works from Gregorian chant and medieval and Renaissance polyphony to traditional carols and spirituals.
Cathedral of Christ the Light
2121 Harrison St., Oakland.
$54/$46/$32
415-392-4400 or www.chanticleer.org/concerts-and-tickets

Christmas Revels, repeat of December 7 program.
three_fools_2_for_home_pageA theatrical celebration of the winter solstice with music dance and pageantry.  Featuring music from many lands, this year with an emphasis on eastern Europe and the 16th century. Fred Goff and Shira Kammen, masters of music.
8PM
Scottish Rite Theater
1547 Lakeside Drive, Oakland.
$12–$55
510-452-8800 californiarevels.org

 Philharmonia Baroque repeats program of December 13.
“A Bach Christmas.” Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068; Cantata Christen, ätzet diesen Tag, BWV 63; and the Magnificat in E-flat, BWV 243a. With soloists Sherezade Panthaki & Claire Kelm, sopranos; Fabiana González, alto; Dann Coakwell, tenor; Dashon Burton, bass-baritone; and the Philharmonia Chorale, Bruce Lamott, director
8PM
Herbst Theatre
401 Van Ness & McAllister, San Francisco.
Pre-concert lecture 45 minutes before performance. $25–$85
415-392-4400 or www.cityboxoffice.com

Sonoma Bach, Robert Worth Director
Sonoma BachThe Sonoma Bach Choir and Santa Rosa Symphony perform J.S. Bach, Mass in B Minor. With soloists Carol Menke and Jenni Samuelson, sopranos; Jennifer Lane, mezzo-soprano; Scott Whitaker, tenor; and Paul Murray, bass.
8PM
Old First Church
1751 Sacramento St., San Francisco.
www.sonomabach.org

St. Cecilia & the Cherubim Choirs with Special Guest Musicians, Bernadette Arnold, Music Director
Gaudete Christmas Concert at OLOPOur Lady of Peace Church and Shrine of Our Lady of Peace Open House & Christmas Concert
Program of Medieval and Renaissance carols will be offered,  along with  excerpts from Mozart’s Missa Brevis K. 259 & Handel’s Messiah, highlighted by Corelli’s Christmas Concerto & Vivaldi’s  Concerto Grosso no. 11, performed  by an early music string ensemble on period instruments.
4:00PM rectory Open House & 7:30 pm Concert in the church
Our Lady of Peace Church & Shrine
2800 Mission College Blvd.,Santa Clara
Free Admission. All are welcome!

 Saturday, December 15

American Bach Soloists, Jeffrey Thomas, Director
American Bach Choir“A Baroque Christmas with ABS.” Antonio Vivaldi, Gloria; George Frideric Handel, Laudate pueri Dominum; Corelli, Christmas Concerto; and Marc-Antoine Charpentier, In Nativitatem. With Mary Wilson, soprano; San Francisco Girls Chorus; and the American Bach Choir.
8PM
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church
3 Bayview Avenue, Belvedere.
$75/$50/$25
415-621-7900, americanbach.org, or info@americanbach.org

 A Chanticleer Christmas (see December 10)
The 12-member a cappella vocal ensemble performs seasonal works from Gregorian chant and medieval and Renaissance polyphony to traditional carols and spirituals.
8PM
St. Ignatius Church
650 Parker St., San Francisco.
$54/$46/$32
415-392-4400 or www.chanticleer.org/concerts-and-tickets

Christmas Revels, repeat of December 7 program.
A theatrical celebration of the winter solstice with music dance and pageantry.  Featuring music from many lands, this year with an emphasis on eastern Europe and the 16th century. Fred Goff and Shira Kammen, masters of music.
1PM and 5PM performances.
Scottish Rite Theater
1547 Lakeside Drive, Oakland.
$12–$55
510-452-8800 californiarevels.org

Marin Oratorio, Boyd Jarrell, Director
VespersAd-1Claudio Monteverdi, Vespers of 1610 with The Whole Noyse wind band, and guest soloists: Christa Pfeiffer, Lindsey McLennan, Clifton Massey, Brian Thorsett, Andrew Metzger, Jeffrey Fields.
Monteverdi was part of the musical avant garde of the early 17th century, and in his Vespers he has created a cornerstone of the classical repertoire. Magnificent and sonorous, sensuous and rhythmically thrilling, Monteverdi weaves an elaborate tapestry of choral, solo, and instrumental pyrotechnics. Maestro Boyd Jarrell will lead the chorus and cast of stellar vocal soloists accompanied by strings, organ, cornetti, sackbuts, recorders, curtal, and theorbo. This Vespers continues to radiate grandeur and opulence four centuries after its creation.
8PM
College of Marin Performing Arts Theatre, Kentfield Campus
835 College Avenue (Sir Francis Drake Blvd. at Laurel Ave.), Kentfield
Suggested donation $20 general, $15 students, staff, seniors and alumni
Box Office 415-485-9385; Information: www.marinoratorio.org

Philharmonia Baroque repeats program of December 13.
“A Bach Christmas.” Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068; Cantata Christen, ätzet diesen Tag, BWV 63; and the Magnificat in E-flat, BWV 243a. With soloists Sherezade Panthaki & Claire Kelm, sopranos; Fabiana González, alto; Dann Coakwell, tenor; Dashon Burton, bass-baritone; and the Philharmonia Chorale, Bruce Lamott, director
8PM
First Congregational, Dana & Durant, Berkeley.
Pre-concert lecture 45 minutes before performance. $25–$85
415-392-4400 or www.cityboxoffice.com

Sonoma Bach repeats program of December 14
The Sonoma Bach Choir and Santa Rosa Symphony perform J.S. Bach, Mass in B Minor. With soloists Carol Menke and Jenni Samuelson, sopranos; Jennifer Lane, mezzo-soprano; Scott Whitaker, tenor; and Paul Murray, bass.
3PM
Green Music Center, Weill Hall
1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.
www.sonomabach.org

Trinity Chamber Concerts
Flauti Diversi
Flauti Diversi (Frances Feldon, baroque flute; Roy Whelden, viola da gamba; and Yuko Tanaka, harpsichord) perform “Pastourelle et Noël: French Baroque Music for a Holiday Gathering,” featuring trios, solos and suites by Boismortier, Marais, Couperin, and instrumental Noels by Charpentier & Loeillet. Trinity Chapel, 2320 Dana St, Berkeley.
8PM
Trinity Chapel
2320 Dana St. (at Durant), Berkeley
$15/$10
510-549-3864 www.trinitychamberconcerts.com

Sunday, December 16

American Bach Soloists repeats program of December 15.
“A Baroque Christmas with ABS.” Antonio Vivaldi, Gloria; George Frideric Handel, Laudate pueri Dominum; Corelli, Christmas Concerto; and Marc-Antoine Charpentier, In Nativitatem. With Mary Wilson, soprano; San Francisco Girls Chorus; and the American Bach Choir.
4PM
Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts
Mrak Drive at Old Davis, Davis.
$12.50–$53.
866-754-2787 or www.mondaviarts.org

A Chanticleer Christmas (see December 10)
The 12-member a cappella vocal ensemble performs seasonal works from Gregorian chant and medieval and Renaissance polyphony to traditional carols and spirituals.
6PM and 8:30PM performances.
St. Vincent Church
35 Liberty St., Petaluma.
$54/$46/$32
415-392-4400 or www.chanticleer.org/concerts-and-tickets

Christmas Revels, repeat of December 7 program.
A theatrical celebration of the winter solstice with music dance and pageantry.  Featuring music from many lands, this year with an emphasis on eastern Europe and the 16th century. Fred Goff and Shira Kammen, masters of music.
1PM and 5PM performances.
Scottish Rite Theater
1547 Lakeside Drive, Oakland.
$12–$55
510-452-8800 californiarevels.org

Marin Oratorio, repeat of December 15 program.
Claudio Monteverdi, Vespers of 1610 with The Whole Noyse wind band, and guest soloists: Christa Pfeiffer, Lindsey McLennan, Clifton Massey, Brian Thorsett, Andrew Metzger, Jeffrey Fields.
8PM
College of Marin Performing Arts Theatre, Kentfield Campus
835 College Avenue (Sir Francis Drake Blvd. at Laurel Ave.), Kentfield
Suggested donation $20 general, $15 students, staff, seniors and alumni
Box Office 415-485-9385; Information: www.marinoratorio.org

Philharmonia Baroque repeats program of December 13.
“A Bach Christmas.” Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068; Cantata Christen, ätzet diesen Tag, BWV 63; and the Magnificat in E-flat, BWV 243a. With soloists Sherezade Panthaki & Claire Kelm, sopranos; Fabiana González, alto; Dann Coakwell, tenor; Dashon Burton, bass-baritone; and the Philharmonia Chorale, Bruce Lamott, director
7:30PM
First Congregational, Dana & Durant, Berkeley.
Pre-concert lecture 45 minutes before performance. $25–$85
415-392-4400 or www.cityboxoffice.com

Saint Mary Magdalen Festival Choir & Baroque Ensemble, Andy Canepa, Conductor
-modes01.22.00Christmas concert, Treasures of the French Baroque and neighboring lands
Music of Charpentier, Boeddeker, Buxtehude, Victoria and Josquin des Prez.
7:00PM
Saint Mary Magdalen Church
2005 Berryman Street, Berkeley
Suggested donation $10-20
Tickets at the door • Free parking on site
Further information: (510) 526-4811
www.marymagdalen.org

This Endris Night.
Jennifer Ashworth, soprano; Kevin Baum, tenor, Stephen Main, harp & lute; and Roy Whelden, viola da gamba, perform medieval carols and works of William Byrd, Alessandro Grandi, Girolamo Frescobaldi, Heinrich Schütz, et al.
4PM
Church of the Advent
261 Fell St., San Francisco.
Donation. Reception follows.