Tuesday, December 18

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
Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament
1017 11th St., Sacramento.
$54/$46/$32
415-392-4400 or www.chanticleer.org/concerts-and-tickets

Wednesday, December 19

San Francisco Chapter, ARS
Monthly playing session. New members and guests welcome.
7:30PM–9:30PM
Christ Church Lutheran
1090 Quintara St. (at 20th Ave.), San Francisco.
Non-members $10 fee applied to membership.
http://arssanfrancisco.org/

Thursday, December 20

American Bach Soloists, Jeffrey Thomas, Director
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Mary Wilson soprano, Ian Howell countertenor, Wesley Rogers tenor, Jesse Blumberg baritone with the American Bach Choir
A superb quartet of vocal soloists and the American Bach Choir, which “sets the standard in choral singing” (San Francisco Classical Voice) will join the period instrument specialists of American Bach Soloists under the masterful direction of Jeffrey Thomas in the breathtaking setting of Grace Cathedral.
7:30PM
Grace Cathedral
1100 California St, San Francisco
$94/$78/$52/$22/$15
americanbach.org, info@americanbach.org, Buy Tickets…

Friday, December 21

American Bach Soloists, Jeffrey Thomas, Director
Handel’s MESSIAH
Mary Wilson soprano, Ian Howell countertenor, Wesley Rogers tenor, Jesse Blumberg baritone with the American Bach Choir
A superb quartet of vocal soloists and the American Bach Choir, which “sets the standard in choral singing” (San Francisco Classical Voice) will join the period instrument specialists of American Bach Soloists under the masterful direction of Jeffrey Thomas in the breathtaking setting of Grace Cathedral.
7:30PM
Grace Cathedral
1100 California St, San Francisco
$94/$78/$52/$22/$15
americanbach.org; info@americanbach.org, Buy Tickets…

A Chanticleer Christmas
The 12-member a cappella vocal ensemble performs seasonal works from Gregorian chant and medieval and Renaissance polyphony to traditional carols and spirituals.
6PM, 8:30PM
Carmel Mission
3080 Rio Rd., Carmel.
$54/$46/$32
415-392-4400 or www.chanticleer.org/concerts-and-tickets

 Women’s Antique Vocal Ensemble, Cindy Beitmen, Director
Mission San RafaelThe Women’s Antique Vocal Ensemble (WAVE) and the men of the Schola Cantorum of St. Albert Priory present their annual Christmas concert following the traditional format of a Festival of Lessons and Carols, which has been the customary Christmas Eve service at King’s College, Cambridge, England since 1918. The performance includes works by Viadana, Cozzolani, Pitoni, Berlioz, Duruflé, and Lauridsen, music from 13th- & 14th-century England, and traditional Christmas carols with audience participation.
8PM
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley.
$20/$10 (tickets at door only).
For information, www.wavewomen.org, wavewomen@netzero.net, or 510-233-1479.

 Saturday, December 22

American Bach Soloists, Jeffrey Thomas, Director
Handel’s MESSIAH
Mary Wilson soprano, Ian Howell countertenor, Wesley Rogers tenor, Jesse Blumberg baritone with the American Bach Choir
A superb quartet of vocal soloists and the American Bach Choir, which “sets the standard in choral singing” (San Francisco Classical Voice) will join the period instrument specialists of American Bach Soloists under the masterful direction of Jeffrey Thomas in the breathtaking setting of Grace Cathedral.
7:30PM
Grace Cathedral
1100 California St, San Francisco
$94/$78/$52/$22/$15
americanbach.org; info@americanbach.org, Buy Tickets…

A Chanticleer Christmas
The 12-member a cappella vocal ensemble performs seasonal works from Gregorian chant and medieval and Renaissance polyphony to traditional carols and spirituals.
6PM, 8:30PM
Mission Santa Clara
500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara.
$54/$46/$32
415-392-4400 or www.chanticleer.org/concerts-and-tickets

 Festival Consort
“Renaissance Glory.” Carol Menke, soprano, and Chris Fritzsche, countertenor, join David Hogan Smith, Joanna Bramel Young, Bob Cronin and Alan Paul, performing on reproductions of 16th-c. recorders, crumhorns, curtal, shawms and guitar. Program features works by John Dowland, Jean Mouton, Clemens non Papa, Constanzo Festa, Pedro de Cristo and Francisco Guerrero.
3PM
Church of the Incarnation
550 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa.
$15
brownpapertickets.com/event/286999 Information: 707-528-6370

 Gryphons Wild
“Mary in Song: Lullabies, Lamentation & Celebrations”
5Who was Mary? A frightened young woman about to give birth? A loving mother envisioning the fate of her baby son? Or the Queen of Heaven, the source of all forgiveness?  Program will include Medieval songs from Spain, France and England, Dufay’s Vergene bella, lullabies of joy and anguish by Monteverdi and Merula, Celtic and American folk songs, plus more recent compositions by Wolf, Britten and Porterfield.

Sally Terris, voice, harp, recorder, organ; Ellen St. Thomas, voice, shruti box; Anita Baldwin, guitar, accordion, voice; Carrie Campbell, French horn, harpsichord, piano; Greta Haug-Hryciw, percussion, recorder, voice; Ruri Wen-Matsui, recorder, voice
8:00PM
Berkeley Piano Club
2724 Haste Street, Berkeley
FREE (suggested donation $18 General, $15 Seniors)
Tickets available at the door.
Wheelchair accessible.
 www.gryphonswild.com or 408-475-6765

 Sunday, December 23

A Chanticleer Christmas
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

Monday/Tuesday, December 24/25

St. John Schola
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St. John Schola Chants the Matins & High Mass of Christmas Gregorian Mass VIII “De Angelis” and Propers for the First Mass of Christmas in the Latin Gregorian chant of the Traditional Roman Rite, in the context of a Traditional Catholic Latin High Mass, with troped Kyrie in the mediaeval style.
11PM Matins, High Mass at midnight.
St. John’s Oratory (historic Fishermen’s & Seamen’s Memorial Chapel)
Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 45-B (one block NE of Jefferson & Taylor, next to the bell tower), San Francisco.
FREE. Free parking beside the Oratory.
510-582-2118 or www.traditio.com/stjohn.htm