Tuesday, December 10

Philharmonia Baroque, Nicholas McGegan Conductor
 Thomas-Cooley-resized-150x150“Solomon in London” William Boyce’s serenata Solomon, John Stanley’s Concerto in b minor and WVan-Doren-Hi-Res-1-150x150illiam Croft’s The Burial Service. With soprano Yulia Van Doren, tenor Thomas Cooley, and the Philharmonia Chorale, Bruce Lamott, director.
8PM
Bing Concert Hall
Stanford University, Palo Alto.
Pre-concert lecture 45 minutes before each performance.
$25–$105
(415) 252-1288 or www.philharmonia.org/solomon-in-london/

Wednesday, December 11

American Bach Soloists, Jeffrey Thomas, Conductor
JT2009_192w_altGeorge Frideric Handel, Messiah. With soloists Shawnette Sulker, soprano; Eric Jurenas, countertenor; Aaron Sheehan, tenor; and Mischa Bouvier, baritone.
7:30PM
Grace Cathedral
1100 California St., San Francisco.
$25–$94
info@americanbach.org or 415-621-7900

Thursday, December 12

American Bach Soloists repeats program of December 11.
George Frideric Handel, Messiah. With soloists Shawnette Sulker, soprano; Eric Jurenas, countertenor; Aaron Sheehan, tenor; and Mischa Bouvier, baritone.
7:30PM
Grace Cathedral
1100 California St., San Francisco.
$25–$94
info@americanbach.org or 415-621-7900

Friday, December 13

California Bach Society, Paul Flight, Director
“Christmas With Peter Warlock and Henry VIII” An exploration of the English carol tradition from medieval to modern times, including music written for the Eton College chapel, works of Robert Wylkynson, Robert Parsons, Peter Warlock, and modern-day carols set to medieval texts by Benjamin Britten, John Ireland, and Gustav Holst.
8PM
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
1111 O’Farrell St., San Francisco.
$30/$22/$18/$10
650-485-1097, www.calbach.org, info@calbach.org

California Revels
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In the 28th annual Christmas Revels, the Lord and Lady of this stately medieval manor can no longer afford the cost of upkeep and the staff necessary to run it. Can the ghosts of past generations convince the current owners to find a way to remain in the Hall, or will this be their final Yuletide at Haddon?
A theatrical celebration of the winter solstice with music dance and pageantry from many lands. Fred Goff and Shira Kammen, masters of music.
8PM
Scottish Rite Theater
1547 Lakeside Drive, Oakland.
$20–$40
510-452-8800 californiarevels.org

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 Christ the Light
2121 Harrison St., Oakland.
$35–$65
415-392-4400 or www.chanticleer.org/concerts-and-tickets/bay-area/a-chanticleer-christmas

East Bay Chapter, ARS
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Monthly playing session, Letitia Berlin guest conductor. New members and guests welcome.
7:30–10PM
Zion Lutheran Church
5201 Park Blvd., Oakland.
www.eastbayrecorders.org, tishberlin@sbcglobal.net, 510-483-8675 or 415-472-6367

Sonoma Bach, Robert Worth, Director
1380139481“An Early Music Christmas: Mystery and Jubilation” This holiday program ranges from Victoria’s beloved motet O magnum mysterium to the joyful hymn In dulci jubilo, with many stops in between. Our chamber choir, Circa 1600, directed by Robert Worth, sings Christmas music by Baroque and Renaissance composers, and organist Charles Rus, performs dazzling variations on French carols.
8PM
St. Vincent de Paul Church
35 Liberty St., Petaluma.
$12–$20
707-303-4604, www.sonomabach.org/mystery-and-jubilation.html

Saturday, December 14

American Bach Soloists, Jeffrey Thomas, conductor
“An ABS Christmas at St. Stephen’s.” J.S. Bach, Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, BWV 51; Ehre sei dir, Gott, gesungen, BWV 248; plus holiday carols and works by Britten, Conte, Howells, Rutter, Vaughan Williams, & Whitacre. With Shawnette Sulker, soprano; John Thiessen, trumpet; and the American Bach Choir.
8PM
St. Stephen’s Church
3 Bayview Ave., Belvedere.
info@americanbach.org or 415) 621-7900. SOLD OUT.

California Bach Society, Paul Flight, Director
Paul Flight
“Christmas With Peter Warlock and Henry VIII” An exploration of the English carol tradition from medieval to modern times, including music written for the Eton College chapel, works of Robert Wylkynson, Robert Parsons, Peter Warlock, and modern-day carols set to medieval texts by Benjamin Britten, John Ireland, and Gustav Holst.
8PM
All Saint’s Episcopal Church
555 Waverley Street, Palo Alto.
$30/$22/$18/$10
650-485-1097, www.calbach.org, info@calbach.org

California Revels repeats December 13 program.
The Spirits of Haddon HallIn the 28th annual Christmas Revels, the Lord and Lady of this stately medieval manor can no longer afford the cost of upkeep and the staff necessary to run it. Can the ghosts of past generations convince the current owners to find a way to remain in the Hall, or will this be their final Yuletide at Haddon?
A theatrical celebration of the winter solstice with music dance and pageantry from many lands. Fred Goff and Shira Kammen, masters of music.
1PM and 5PM performances.
Scottish Rite Theater
1547 Lakeside Drive, Oakland.
$20–$40
510-452-8800 californiarevels.org

A Chanticleer Christmas (see December 13)
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
$35–$65
415-392-4400 or www.chanticleer.org/concerts-and-tickets/bay-area/a-chanticleer-christmas

Driftwood Consort
“Telemann not Television.” Lars Johannesson and Alissa Roedig (baroque flutes), Roy Whelden (viola da gamba) and Jonathan Salzedo (harpsichord, perform an evening of music for your enjoyment, featuring selections from Georg Philipp Telemann’s Tafelmusik and other chamber works.
7PM
St. Andrew Presbyterian Church
9850 Monroe Ave., Aptos.
$20/$22/$5
tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/524245; information: www.driftwoodconsort.org, or call 831-706-8408

Philharmonia Baroque, Nicholas McGegan, Conductor
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8PM
Zellerbach Hall, University of California, Berkeley.
$30+
https://commerce.cpsma.berkeley.edu/CPPresents/tickets/reserve.aspx?performanceNumber=8730& or 510-642-9988.

San Francisco Choral Artists, Magen Solomon, Director
Magen_PRphoto“Sweet Voices & Noyses” Renaissance and early baroque works by Giovanni Gabrieli, Carlo Gesualdo, and Luca Marenzio, as well as premieres of new music by SFCA’s Composer-in-Residence Benjamin Taylor and Composer-Not-in-Residence Kala Pierson. With guest artists The Whole Noyse early wind consort.
8PM
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
1111 O’Farrell St., San Francisco.
$30/$28/$15
www.sfca.org or 415-494-8149

Viola da Gamba Society/Pacifica Chapter
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Monthly viol consort playing with guest coach Josh Lee. Players of all levels welcome.
9AM–3PM
Hillside Church
1422 Navellier Street, El Cerrito.
Newcomers please email or phone ahead. dcantey@att.net, 831-420-1618

Sunday, December 15

American Bach Soloists repeats program of December 11.
George Frideric Handel, Messiah. With soloists Shawnette Sulker, soprano; Eric Jurenas, countertenor; Aaron Sheehan, tenor; and Mischa Bouvier, baritone.
Robert & Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts
Mrak Hall Drive, Davis.
info@americanbach.org or 415-621-7900

California Bach Society, Paul Flight, Director
“Christmas With Peter Warlock and Henry VIII” An exploration of the English carol tradition from medieval to modern times, including music written for the Eton College chapel, works of Robert Wylkynson, Robert Parsons, Peter Warlock, and modern-day carols set to medieval texts by Benjamin Britten, John Ireland, and Gustav Holst.
4PM
St. John’s Presbyterian Church
2727 College Ave., Berkeley
$30/$22/$18/$10
650-485-1097, www.calbach.org, info@calbach.org

California Revels repeats December 13 program.
The Spirits of Haddon HallIn the 28th annual Christmas Revels, the Lord and Lady of this stately medieval manor can no longer afford the cost of upkeep and the staff necessary to run it. Can the ghosts of past generations convince the current owners to find a way to remain in the Hall, or will this be their final Yuletide at Haddon?
A theatrical celebration of the winter solstice with music dance and pageantry from many lands. Fred Goff and Shira Kammen, masters of music.
1PM and 5PM performances.
Scottish Rite Theater
1547 Lakeside Drive, Oakland.
$20–$40
510-452-8800 californiarevels.org

A Chanticleer Christmas (see December 13)
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.

Philharmonia Baroque
pbo-eventsGeorge Frideric Handel, Messiah, with soloists Yulia Van Doren, soprano; Jay Carter, countertenor; Lawrence Wiliford, tenor; Philip Cutlip, baritone; and the Philharmonia Chorale, Bruce Lamott, Director.
3PM
Weill Hall, Donald and Maureen Green Music Center
Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park.
$40–$85
866-955-6040 or http://gmc.sonoma.edu/event/1557440-philharmonia-baroque-handel-s-messiah

St. Mary Magdalen Festival Choir, Andrew Canepa Director.
“Spanish Christmas Music from the Old World to the New.” Spanish medieval, Renaissance and Mexican baroque music, including works from the Llibre Vermell and Cantigas de Santa Maria and compositions of Francisco Guerrero, Joan Cererols, Tomás Luis de Victoria, and Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla. Featuring vocal soloists Luciana Miranda, soprano; Laryssa Sadoway, mezzo soprano; Sylvia O’Daniel, alto; Rob Calvert, tenor; and Max Ziff, bass, the St. Mary Magdalen Feast Choir, and the St. Mary Magdalen Festival Consort of Musicians.
7PM
St. Mary Magdalen Church
2005 Berryman, Berkeley.
$15–$20; under 18 FREE. Free parking in lot next to the church, corner of Berryman and Henry.
acanepa@marymagdalen.org or 510-526-4811

Sonoma Bach repeats program of December 13.
“An Early Music Christmas: Mystery and Jubilation” This holiday program ranges from Victoria’s beloved motet O magnum mysterium to the joyful hymn In dulci jubilo, with many stops in between. Our chamber choir, Circa 1600, directed by Robert Worth, sings Christmas music by Baroque and Renaissance composers, and organist Charles Rus, performs dazzling variations on French carols.
4PM
Saturday Afternoon Club
430 10th St., Santa Rosa, CA 95401
$12–$20
707-303-4604, www.sonomabach.org/mystery-and-jubilation.html